Under-17 EURO elite round guide

The Under-17 EURO elite round runs from 7 to 28 March as the 15 teams joining hosts England in the 5 April draw for the May finals are decided.

Eric García is aiming to win his second straight title with Spain
Eric García is aiming to win his second straight title with Spain ©Getty Images

The UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round kicks off on Wednesday with three weeks of action to decide the 15 teams joining hosts England in the finals.

  • The groups are played as one-venue mini-tournaments.
  • The eight group winners and the seven runners-up with the best records against the teams first and third in their section will join England in the finals from 4 to 20 May.
  • The draw will be on 5 April at St George's Park, Burton-upon-Trent.
Watch the dramatic 2017 final
Watch the dramatic 2017 final

The groups
Group 1 (21–27 March):
Serbia, Spain (holders), Ukraine, Czech Republic*

Group 2 (9–15 March): Belgium, Croatia*, Sweden, Cyprus

Group 3 (21–27 March): Republic of Ireland, Poland*, Georgia, FYR Macedonia

Group 4 (12–18 March): Portugal*, Finland, Switzerland, Slovakia

Group 5 (7–13 March): Italy, Iceland, Netherlands*, Turkey

Group 6 (21–27 March): France, Austria*, Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Group 7 (22–28 March): Israel, Hungary*, Slovenia, Romania

Group 8 (21–27 March): Germany, Scotland, Greece*, Norway


  • Spain, who beat England in last year's final in Croatia, are aiming to add to their record three U17 titles, or nine counting the pre-2001/02 U16 event.
  • France, Germany, Portugal and the Netherlanda are two-time U17 champions along with England. Portugal and the Netherlands face former champions in Switzerland and Turkey respectively.
  • Cyprus and elite-round debutants FYR Macedonia are aiming to qualify for the first time (though Slovenia and Slovakia have only previously reached the finals as hosts).