The draws for the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final tournament in Malta will be held on Wednesday at St. James Cavalier, Valletta, starting at 19:00. The draws will be broadcast on TVM2 and streamed live on UEFA.com.
The finalists are Switzerland, Turkey, Netherlands, England, Germany, Scotland, Portugal apart from hosts Malta.
Winners in 2011 and 2012, the Netherlands were first to qualify after seeing off France 3-1 on home soil in Uden. Scotland reached their first championship for six years with a game to spare at home in Group 6, something another mini-tournament host Portugal managed in Group 7.
Turkey made a bit of history in Group 2 as they beat Poland on penalties for Group 2 first place in Greece after a final-day draw with both teams dead level. Switzerland scored a late winner against Spain to pip both them and holders Russia in Group 1; Germany held Group 5 hosts Serbia in a decisive game to progress on goal difference; and England downed Italy in their last match to achieve maximum points in Group 4.
In the draw, to be made by UEFA Youth and Amateur Football Committee chairman Jim Boyce and tournament ambassadors Fr Hilary Tagliaferro and David Carabott, Malta – hosting and taking part in their first final tournament at any level – will be classified as team one in Group A and the other seven countries will be picked out without further seeding. The order of the sides drawn will be B1, A2, B2, A3, B3, A4 and B4.
The group stage matches will be disputed on 9, 12 and 15 May at the National Stadium, the Hibernians Stadium and the Gozo Stadium. The top two from each section advance to the semi-finals on 18 May in Ta’ Qali, where the decider will also be held three days later. This will be the last eight-team final tournament before the expansion to a 16-nation event in Bulgaria next season.