The draw for next autumn’s 2016/17 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying round and the UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualifying round were held on Thursday.
Malta was drawn in Group 10 of the UEFA Under-19 Championship along with Sweden, Serbia and Moldova. Serbia will be hosting the mini-tournament between the 9th and 14th November.
On the other hand, in the UEFA Under-17 Championship, Malta was drawn in Group 10 along with Scotland, Portugal and Wales. Portugal will be hosting the mini-tournament between September 16 and 21.
UEFA Under-19 Championship Qualifying Round
Group 1 (6-11 October): Russia, Belgium*, Kazakhstan, Finland
Group 2 (6-11 October): Netherlands*, Norway, San Marino, Romania
Group 3 (25-30 October): Israel, Scotland, Liechtenstein, Andorra*
Group 4 (6-11 October): Germany, Republic of Ireland, Albania*, Gibraltar
Group 5 (4-9 October): Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania*, Azerbaijan
Group 6 (10-15 November): England, Greece, Wales*, Luxembourg
Group 7 (10-15 November): Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Armenia*
Group 8 (10-15 November): Denmark, Portugal, Bulgaria*, Belarus
Group 9 (6-11 October): France, Czech Republic*, Estonia, Slovenia
Group 10 (9-14 November): Sweden, Serbia*, Moldova, Malta
Group 11 (6-11 October): FYR Macedonia, Slovakia, Northern Ireland, Poland*
Group 12 (11-16 November): Croatia, Montenegro*, Faroe Islands, Cyprus
Group 13 (6-11 October): Ukraine*, Turkey, Latvia, Iceland
Bye to elite round: Spain
Bye to final tournament: Georgia (hosts)
The top two in each group along with the third-placed team with the best record against the leading pair will join top seeds Spain in the elite round in spring 2017. The seven group winners from that stage go into the UEFA Under-19 finals the following summer, joining hosts Georgia.
UEFA Under-17 Championship Qualifying Round
Group 1 (23-28 September): Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Moldova*, Latvia
Group 2 (15-20 October): Republic of Ireland, Greece, Kazakhstan, Andorra*
Group 3 (21-26 October): Switzerland, Czech Republic, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg*
Group 4 (26-31 October): Serbia, Italy*, Albania, FYR Macedonia
Group 5 (20-25 October): Slovenia*, France, Montenegro, Estonia
Group 6 (25-30 October): England, Austria, Romania*, Azerbaijan
Group 7 (28 September-3 October): Hungary*, Netherlands, Denmark, Liechtenstein
Group 8 (28 September-3 October): Georgia, Sweden, Finland*, Bulgaria
Group 9 (19-24 September): Spain, Slovakia, San Marino, Northern Ireland*
Group 10 (16-21 September): Scotland, Portugal*, Wales, Malta
Group 11 (26-31 October): Belarus, Belgium, Gibraltar, Cyprus*
Group 12 (dates tbc): Poland, Israel*, Iceland, Armenia
Group 13 (23-28 September): Ukraine, Norway, Turkey, Lithuania*
Bye to elite round: Germany
Bye to final tournament: Croatia (hosts)
The top two in each group along with the five third-placed teams with the best record against the leading pair will join Germany in the elite round in spring 2017.
In that round, the eight group winners and seven runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their pool will join Croatia in that May’s finals.
The final tournament will also act as the European qualifier for UEFA’s five berths in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, running from 19 August to 10 September.