Ireland Women’s Under 19 & U17 teams discover opponents
The Republic of Ireland Women’s Under 19 and Under 17 teams were given a clearer picture of what lies ahead in their quest to qualify for next summer’s UEFA European Championships.
For the Under 19s, all roads lead to Northern Ireland as that is where the finals tournament will be staged in 2017, while the U17 finals will be held in Czech Republic. Firstly, however, they must get through the Elite Round.
After topping their group in the Qualifying Round – scoring 14 goals and conceding none in three wins – Dave Connell’s Under 19 team will go into the Elite Round full of confidence.
They will also have home advantage as they prepare to host Finland, Scotland and Ukraine in April 2017. The venue and fixture details will be announced in due course.
For Dave Bell’s Under 17s, it was a similar scenario in the Qualifying Round as they progressed as group winners – scoring 12 goals in three big wins – and showed a lot of quality in their games in Turner’s Cross.
In the Elite Round, the U17s will travel to Serbia for their games in Group 4, which will also involve Hungary and Scotland.
The six Elite Round group winners plus the the runner-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their group will qualify for the finals.
The draws were also made for the 2017/18 campaign, which will see Connell bring his squad to the Netherlands for three Group 6 Qualifying Round games with Estonia and Latvia also eyeing a route to the Elite Round and the finals in Switzerland.
Bell’s U17 team, meanwhile, will travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina for their three Qualifying Round games in September 2017 as they take on the Group 4 hosts as well as Greece and Romania.
The top two teams in each group, as well as the third-placed side with the best scoring record, will progress through to the Elite Round and take one step closer to the finals tournaments.
2016/17 UEFA Women’s Under 19 European Championship Qualifying
Group 4: Republic of Ireland, Finland, Scotland, Ukraine
Fixtures: Games to be played between April 4 and 9
Qualifying Hosts: Republic of Ireland
Finals Tournament: Northern Ireland
2016/17 UEFA Women’s Under 17 European Championship Qualifying
Group 4: Republic of Ireland, Hungary, Serbia, Scotland
Fixtures: Games to be played between March 14 and 19
Qualifying Hosts: Serbia
Finals Tournament: Czech Republic
2017/18 UEFA Women’s Under 19 European Championship Qualifying
Group 6: Republic of Ireland, Estonia, Latvia, Netherlands
Fixtures: Games to be played between October 21 and 28
Qualifying Hosts: Netherlands
Finals Tournament: Switzerland
2017/18 UEFA Women’s Under 17 European Championship Qualifying
Group 4: Republic of Ireland, Greece, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Fixtures: Games to be played between September 24 and 30
Qualifying Hosts: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Finals Tournament: Lithuania