The 2018/19 UEFA European Women’s U-17 Championship qualifying round draw was made this morning, with 44 sides from the record entry of 47 beginning their bids to join hosts Bulgaria in the final tournament.
While Republic of Ireland and Wales were group with Serbia and Albania, England will meet Iceland, Azerbaijan and Moldova, Scotland drew Poland, Slovakia and Lithuania, while Northern Ireland face Switzerland, Greece and Kazakhstan.
Group 1: Czech Republic, Denmark, Ukraine, Faroe Islands
Group 2: Norway, Russia, Croatia, Israel
Group 3: Italy, Finland, Romania, Montenegro
Group 4: Scotland, Poland, Slovakia, Lithuania
Group 5: England, Iceland, Azerbaijan, Moldova
Group 6: Belgium, Portugal, Turkey, Andorra
Group 7: Republic of Ireland, Serbia, Wales, Albania
Group 8: Austria, Belarus, Slovenia, Estonia
Group 9: Switzerland, Greece, Northern Ireland, Kazakhstan
Group 10: France, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia
Group 11: Netherlands, Sweden, Latvia, Georgia
Bye to elite round: Germany, Spain
Bye to final tournament: Bulgaria (hosts)
Mini-tournaments are provisionally scheduled between 1 August and 28 October 2018.
The top two sides in every group plus the two third-placed teams with the best record against the top two in their section join Spain and France in the elite round draw on 23 November 2018, with the games in spring 2019.
Seven teams will eventually qualify for the finals to join Bulgaria.
The Elite Round draw for the current season’s competition is being made later this morning.