Tough draw for Under-21 side in EURO qualifiers

The 2025 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying draw has set nine groups with 52 teams competing for 15 slots alongside hosts Slovakia in the finals.

Malta was drawn in Group B along with Spain, Belgium, Scotland, Hungary and Kazakhstan.

Group games will take place between March 2023 and October 2024, followed by play-offs the following month ahead of the final tournament in summer 2025.

2025 U21 EURO qualifying groups

Group A: Italy, Republic of Ireland, Norway, Türkiye, Latvia, San Marino

Group B: Spain, Belgium, Scotland, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Malta

Group C: Netherlands, Sweden, Georgia, North Macedonia, Moldova, Gibraltar

Group D: Germany, Poland, Israel, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Estonia

Group E: Romania, Switzerland, Finland, Albania, Montenegro, Armenia

Group F: England, Ukraine, Serbia, Northern Ireland, Azerbaijan, Luxembourg

Group G: Portugal, Croatia, Greece, Belarus, Faroe Islands, Andorra

Group H: France, Austria, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus

Group I: Denmark, Czechia, Iceland, Wales, Lithuania

  • The groups will be played between March 2023 and October 2024.
  • The nine group winners and the three best runners-up (not counting results against sixth-placed teams) will qualify directly for the final tournament in summer 2025 alongside hosts Slovakia.
  • The other six runners-up will play off over two legs for the remaining three finals berths in November 2024.

2025 U21 EURO qualifying match dates

Group stage
20–28 March 2023
12–20 June 2023
4–12 September 2023
9–17 October 2023
13–21 November 2023
18–26 March 2024
2–10 September 2024
7–15 October 2024