The UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying round started on Wednesday as the road to Armenia begins.
In all, 52 of the entrants will compete in mini-tournaments played either between Wednesday and next Tuesday or in mid-November. Holders Portugal and fellow top seeds Germany have been byes to the elite round and hosts Armenia already in July’s finals.
Thougn to elite round: Portugal (holders), Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, 23 tbc
Qualifying round groups
Group 1 (14–20 November): Georgia*, Israel, Azerbaijan, Liechtenstein
Group 2 (10–16 October)
Could still qualify: Denmark, Finland
Group 3 (14–20 November): Czech Republic*, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Luxembourg
Group 4 (14–20 November): Sweden, Scotland, Wales*, San Marino
Group 5 (14–20 November): England, Turkey*, Iceland, Moldova
Group 6 (14–20 November): France, Belgium, Lithuania, Malta*
Group 7 (10–16 October): Austria, Hungary*, Slovenia, Kosovo
Group 8 (10–16 October): Ukraine, Slovakia, Norway, Albania*
Group 9 (14–20 November): Serbia, Poland, Northern Ireland*, Kazakhstan
Group 10 (10–16 October): Netherlands, Republic of Ireland*, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands
Group 11 (13–19 November): Russia, Montenegro, Cyprus*, Latvia
Group 12 (10–16 October)
Through: Spain, Switzerland*
Group 13 (14–20 November): Greece, Bulgaria*, Romania, Gibraltar
- The top two in each group advance to join top seeds Portugal and Germany in the elite round draw on 6 December.
- In March’s elite round, seven teams will qualify to line up alongside hosts Armenia in the finals.
Bye to elite round (18–26 March): Portugal (holders), Germany
Bye to final tournament (14–27 July): Armenia (hosts)