The UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualifying round starts on 27 September 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 in action on the first day of qualifying are the Netherlands, who beat Italy in last May’s finals in England.
Qualifying round groups
Group 1 (27 September–3 October): Netherlands (holders), Sweden*, Montenegro, Liechtenstein
Group 2 (10–16 October): Bosnia and Herzegovina*, Ukraine, Iceland, Gibraltar
Group 3 (24–30 October): Austria, Slovenia*, Bulgaria, Malta
Group 4 (20–26 October): Spain, Israel, Faroe Islands, FYR Macedonia*
Group 5 (26 October–1 November): Scotland, Switzerland, Cyprus*, Kosovo
Froup 6 (24–30 October): Russia, Denmark*, Georgia, Estonia
Group 7 (25–31 October): France, Poland*, Finland, Luxembourg
Group 8 (23–29 October): Czech Republic, Norway, Azerbaijan, Albania*
Group 9 (30 September–6 October): Serbia, Hungary*, Romania, Lithuania
Group 10 (24–30 October): Turkey*, Slovakia, Northern Ireland, San Marino
Group 11 (10–16 October): Portugal*, Wales, Belarus, Kazakhstan
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