UEFA European Women’s U-17 Championship starts tomorrow, top 3 teams will qualify for 2016 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup
UEFA European Women’s U-17 Championship 2015/16 starts on 4 May
The UEFA European Women’s U-17 Championship Final tournament kicks off tomorrow in Belarus as eight teams compete for just three tickets to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2016.
The three successful teams to secure their place at the U17 Women’s World Cup will join already qualified Jordan (hosts), Japan, Korea DPR, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, USA, Mexico, Canada, Venezuela, Brazil, Paraguay and New Zealand.
The opening UEFA European Women’s U-17 Championship final tournament group game will be played on 4 May. The semi-finals will be contested on 13 May in Zhodino, the winners of which will qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup! They will be joined in Jordan 2016 by the winner of the third-place play-off match on 16 May, the same day of the Final.
Meet the competing teams
Host nation Belarus are appearing in their first UEFA European Women’s U-17 Championship Final tournament in which they face England, Norway and Serbia in Group A.
England head into the final tournament on top form having topped both their qualifying round group and their elite round group. Both Geirgia Stanway and Alessia Russo have scored an impressive 9 goals leading up to the final tournament. England’s best finish at this competition is the semi-final stage which they reached in 2008 and 2014.
Like England, Norway‘s best performance in this competition is the semi-final stage. The Norwegians head into this edition on the back of topping both their qualifying round and elite round groups.
Serbia are making their debut final tournament appearance having qualified from the Elite round stage as the best runners-up.
Germany have won the UEFA European Women’s U-17 Championship 4 times 2007/08, 2008/09, 2011/12, 2013/14! They were given a bye in the qualifying round of this competition and eased through the Elite round beating Switzerland, Russia and Austria, scoring a total of 9 goals and conceding just 1.
Czech Republic will be making their tournament debut in this edition. They advanced from the qualifying round as group runners-up and impressed in the Elite round by topping the group ahead of Republic of Ireland, France and Hungary.
The current holders, Spain have won this tournament three times to date 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15. The Spanish won both their qualifying round group and their elite round group. They now face tough opposition to defend their title against.
Italy are looking to improve on their best performance at this stage of the competition of third place which they achieved in 2013/14. They easily progressed top of their qualifying round group before earning a top place elite round finish ahead of Netherlands, Finland and Greece.
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