Just 50 days after clinching their second title, Sweden begin their defence on Tuesday as the qualifying round gets under way.
Calle Barrling's side and in the FYR Macedonia, where they will have three games in the space of six days against the hosts, Northern Ireland and Montenegro in Group 6. Ten of the squad of 18 that saw off Spain in Israel this summer are eligible.
The holders are one of six of this summer's finalists in action and two of them will meet in Group 8, with Israel given a tough task to maintain their momentum after a breakthrough tournament as they take on Norway, Portugal and Estonia.
Road to Slovakia
The top two in each group advance to the elite round draw on 10 December, where top seeds Spain and England await having been given a bye through the qualifying round. The elite round is provisionally dated 5–10 April and seven teams will advance from there to the finals alongside hosts Slovakia at the end of next July.
Qualifying round lineup (*hosts)
Group 1: Switzerland*, Iceland, Greece, Georgia
Group 2: France, Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina*, Faroe Islands
Group 3: Belgium, Wales*, Croatia, Azerbaijan
Group 4: Finland*, Poland, Turkey, Lithuania
Group 5: Germany, Serbia, Hungary*, Kazakhstan
Group 6: Sweden, Northern Ireland, FYR Macedonia*, Montenegro
Group 7: Netherlands*, Italy, Cyprus, Moldova
Group 8: Norway, Portugal*, Estonia, Israel
Group 9: Denmark, Romania, Belarus*, Latvia
Group 10: Republic of Ireland, Russia, Slovenia*, Bulgaria
Group 11: Scotland, Austria*, Ukraine, Albania
Bye to elite round: England, Spain
Bye to finals: Slovakia (hosts)