Northern Ireland will host the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship final tournament between 8 and 20 August 2017. This will be the first women's final tournament in Northern Ireland, where the 2005 U19 finals were played.
Forty-four of the 48 entrants began their campaigns in the qualifying round in October and November. The 11 group winners plus the ten runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their section advancing to the elite round.
Group winners: Poland, Republic of Ireland, Belgium, Serbia, Slovenia, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Hungary
Runners-up: Norway, Italy, Scotland, Russia, Iceland, Portugal, Ukraine, Switzerland, Turkey, Denmark
Group 1 (26–31 May):Spain, Belgium, Hungary*, Russia
Group 2 (5–10 April): England, Czech Republic, Denmark, Turkey*
Group 3 (6–11 April): France (holders), Netherlands*, Slovenia, Portugal
Group 4 (4–9 April): Finland, Republic of Ireland*, Scotland, Ukraine
Group 5 (5–10 April): Serbia, Sweden, Norway*, Italy
Group 6 (7–12 June): Germany*, Poland, Switzerland, Iceland
The six group winners and the runner-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their pool qualify to join hosts Northern Ireland in the finals.
In the draw in Belfast on 22 June ,the eight contenders are split into two groups of four, the top two progressing to the semis, with the final to follow. The competition will act as a qualifier for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, with France already in those finals as hosts.
National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, Belfast
Mourneview Park, Lurgan
Shamrock Park, Portadown
Ballymena Showgrounds, Ballymena
Mascot: Sweet Caroline
Designed by schoolgirl Eadie Fallis as part of a nationwide competition. There was another contest to name it, with fans voting online for Sweet Caroline among a shortlist of three names. The 1969 song of the same name by Neil Diamond is a favourite on the terraces in Northern Ireland.
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