The qualifying round draws of the 2019/20 UEFA European Under-19 and the UEFA European Under-17 Championships were held on Thursday.
In the UEFA Under-19 Championship Malta was drawn with Italy, Slovakia and Cyprus in Group 6 to be held in Italy between 13–19 November while in the UEFA Under-17 Championship, Malta was drawn with Austria, Norway and Bulgaria in Group 13 to be held in Norway between 17–23 October.
The 2019/20 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying round draw involved 52 of the 54 entrants on the road to Northern Ireland. The draw was made by John Delaney, chairman of the UEFA Youth and Amateur Football Committee, and Ellery Balcombe,who received the 2018 U19 EURO Fair Play prize on behalf of last season’s England team. The finals will act as Europe’s qualifier for the 2021 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
UEFA Under-19 Qualifying round draw
Group 1 (13–19 November): Turkey*, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Armenia
Group 2 (8–14 October): Spain, Serbia*, Romania, Lithuania
Group 3 (9–15 October): Germany, Scotland*, Belarus, Andorra
Group 4 (13–19 November): Greece, Belgium*, Iceland, Albania
Group 5 (13–19 November): Russia, Poland, Wales*, Kosovo
Group 6 (13–19 November): Italy*, Slovakia, Cyprus, Malta
Group 7 (9–15 October): Czech Republic*, Norway, Azerbaijan, San Marino
Group 8 (13–19 November): France, Denmark*, Finland, Faroe Islands
Group 9 (13–19 November): Ukraine, Sweden*, Slovenia, Estonia
Group 10 (13–19 November): Austria*, Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Gibraltar
Group 11 (13–19 November): England, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia*, Luxembourg
Group 12 (8–14 October): Netherlands, Israel, Latvia*, Moldova
Group 13 (9–15 October): Croatia, Georgia, Hungary*, Kazakhstan
The top two in every group, along with the third-placed team with the best record against the leading pair, will follow top seeds Portugal into the elite round in spring 2020. The seven elite round group winners will join hosts Northern Ireland in that July’s finals.
The UEFA Under-17 Championship qualifying round draw invovled 52 of the 55 entrants on the road to Estonia. The draw was made by John Delaney and Francisco Saldanha, who received the 2018 U17 EURO Fair Play prize on behalf of last season’s Portugal team, which he captained.
UEFA Under-17 Qualifying round draw
Group 1 (9–15 October): Belgium, Poland*, FYR Macedonia, Liechtenstein
Group 2 (24–30 October): Italy, Turkey, Northern Ireland, Luxembourg*
Group 3 (12– 18 October): Republic of Ireland*, Israel, Montenegro, Andorra
Group 4 (27 September–3 October): Sweden*, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Lithuania
Group 5 (22–28 October): France, Slovakia, Cyprus*, Gibraltar
Group 6 (24–30 October): Serbia, Hungary, Belarus*, Latvia
Group 7 (22–28 October): Scotland*, Croatia, Iceland, Armenia
Group 8 (13–19 November): Portugal*, Ukraine, Georgia, Albania
Group 9 (13–19 November): Germany, Greece*, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan
Group 10 (24–30 October): Russia, Switzerland, Romania*, San Marino
Group 11 (25 September–1 October): Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Finland*, Moldova
Group 12 (9–15 October): Netherlands*, Slovenia, Wales, Kosovo
Group 13 (17–23 October): Austria, Norway*, Bulgaria, Malta
The top two in every group, along with the four third-placed sides with the best records against the leading pair, will follow top seeds Spain and England into the elite round in March 2020. The eight elite round group winners and seven runners-up with the best records against the teams first and third in their pool will join Estonia in that May’s finals.