The UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualifying round is in progress as the road to May’s finals in the Republic of Ireland – and the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru – begins.
In all, 52 of the entrants will compete in mini-tournaments held before 2 November, with top seeds England and Germany given byes to the elite round and hosts the Republic of Ireland already in May’s finals. Among those now through are the Netherlands, who beat Italy in last May’s finals in England.
Through to elite round: England (bye), Germany (bye), Netherlands (holders), Ukraine, Iceland, Austria, Slovenia, Spain, Israel, Russia, Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republic, Norway, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Portugal, Belarus (13 tbc).
Qualifying round groups
Group 1 (complete)
Qualified: Netherlands (holders), Sweden
Group 2 (complete)
Qualified: Ukraine, Iceland
Could go through from third place: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Group 3 (24–30 October)
Qualified: Austria, Slovenia*
Could go through from third place: Bulgaria, Malta
Group 4 (complete)
Qualified: Spain, Israel
Could go through from third place: FYR Macedonia
Group 5 (26 October–1 November): Scotland, Switzerland, Cyprus*, Kosovo
Froup 6 (24–30 October)
Qualified: Russia, Denmark*
Could go through from third place: Georgia
Group 7 (25–31 October): France, Poland*, Finland, Luxembourg
Group 8 (23–29 October)
Qualified: Czech Republic, Norway
Can go through from third place: Azerbaijan, Albania*
Group 9 (complete)
Qualified: Hungary, Romania
Could go through from third place: Serbia
Group 10 (24–30 October)
Could go through: Turkey*, Northern Ireland
Group 11 (complete)
Qualified: Portugal, Belarus
Group 12 (25–31 October): Belgium, Greece, Latvia, Moldova*
Group 13 (27 October–2 November): Italy, Croatia*, Armenia, Andorra
- The top two in each group plus the four third-placed teams with the best records against the leading pair in their section advance to join top seeds England and Germany in the elite round next March, from which 15 teams will qualify to line up alongside hosts Ireland in the finals.
- The finals will also act as Europe’s qualifier for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru from 5 to 27 October 2019.
Qualifying round: 27 September–2 November
Elite round draw: 6 December, Nyon
Elite round: tbc March
Finals draw: tbc, Republic of Ireland
Finals: 3–19 May, Republic of Ireland