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Eyes turn to Norway as Welsh adventure ends

Published: Saturday 31 August 2013, 21.42CET
Just 21 days after XXX were crowned in Wales, 44 teams will line up for the first qualifying round on the road to Norway and the 2014 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship.
Eyes turn to Norway as Welsh adventure ends
First qualifying round draw results ©UEFA.com
Published: Saturday 31 August 2013, 21.42CET

Eyes turn to Norway as Welsh adventure ends

Just 21 days after XXX were crowned in Wales, 44 teams will line up for the first qualifying round on the road to Norway and the 2014 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship.

The dust is barely settled on the 2013 finals but for 44 teams attention is already focused on the road to Norway and the 2014 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship, with qualifying kicking off in just three weeks.

Five of the eight teams that contested this summer's tournament will be in action between 21 and 26 September. Iceland are among France's opponents while Sweden, the 2012 winners, face a stiff assignment in Group 3 in the shape of Estonia and Lithuania and a Portugal side that reached the semi-finals last summer.

Wales must come through a section that includes 2005 winners Russia if they are to return to the finals stage while Finland host Group 4 knowing their stiffest test is likely to come from the Czech Republic. Denmark have perhaps the most daunting programme as they travel to the Republic of Ireland to meet the up-and-coming home side, Greece and Kazakhstan.

It will be an even tougher challenge for Malta, one of three newcomers in a record field of 48 this season. They have been matched with Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as recent finalists Serbia and the Netherlands in Group 6. Montenegro face Belgium while the other debutant, Albania, will come up against 2008 champions Italy during the mini-tournaments which are held over six days. It is Albania's debut in any women's event.

Hosts Norway have a bye through qualifying, while top seeds Germany, England and Spain enter at the second stage held from 5 to 10 April 2014. The 11 group winners and ten best runners-up will join them there, with seven teams eventually qualifying for the final tournament in Norway in July 2014.

First qualifying round draw
Group 1: Austria*, Croatia, Israel, Azerbaijan

Group 2: Denmark, Republic of Ireland*, Greece, Kazakhstan

Group 3: Sweden, Portugal, Estonia, Lithuania*

Group 4: Czech Republic, Finland*, Faroe Islands, Moldova

Group 5: Russia, Wales, Cyprus, Belarus*

Group 6: Netherlands, Serbia*, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Malta

Group 7: Italy, Poland, Slovenia*, Albania

Group 8: Scotland, Romania, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Georgia

Group 9: France, Iceland, Slovakia, Bulgaria*

Group 10: Belgium, Hungary*, Turkey, Montenegro

Group 11: Switzerland, Ukraine, Northern Ireland, Latvia*

*Hosts

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