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Republic of Ireland U17 Women get tough draw in Elite Phase

The Republic of Ireland Women’s U17 team will have home advantage when they bid next April to reach the finals of the UEFA European Women’s U17 Championship for the first time since 2010.

At today’s draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Ireland were drawn in Group 2 along with England, Netherlands and Hungary but won the battle to stage the mini-tournament which will be held next April.

Manager Dave Connell admitted it was a tough draw but was delighted that it will be staged on home soil.

“England and Holland are obviously two tough opponents but so too are Hungary so it is not going to be easy to win the group and qualify for the finals. However, I am absolutely delighted that we will have home advantage and hopefully that will be a help, especially if we get good support. I know the girls will be delighted with the opportunity to play the Elite Phase in Ireland,” said Connell.

Ireland qualified for the Elite Phase after winning their Qualifying Round group last month with wins over Lithuania and Romania and a draw with hosts Serbia. The last time Ireland reached the finals of the UEFA U17 European Championships was in 2010 when they lost the final on penalties to Spain.

The 2015 finals will take place in Iceland in July 2015 where the hosts will be joined by the six Elite Phase group winners and the best runners-ups based on matches between the first and third placed teams in each of the six groups.

The draws for the 2015-16 UEFA European U19 and U17 Championships also took place today in Nyon with Ireland going into both draws as top seeds having been third seeds for the U17 Elite Draw.

In the U19 draw Ireland have been drawn in Group 10 with Russia, Slovenia and Bulgaria with Slovenia hosting the group in September 2015. The U17 draw saw Ireland drawn in Group 1 with Turkey, Ukraine and Andorra, who will be competing in a female international tournament for the first time. Turkey are hosting the group in October 2015. The top two in each group will advance to the Elite Phase.

“I know the girls who were involved in this year’s U19 squad who are under-age next year are already looking forward to the qualifying round as they want to set the record straight while the U17 group will be tricky as Turkey and Ukraine will be confident of advancing. It’s great to see Andorra coming in as it’s means that girls in that country are now getting a chance to play international football and that’s a good thing,” said Connell.


2014-15 UEFA Women’s U17 European Championship Elite Phase
Group 2: England, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland, Hungary. Matches on April 9, 11 and 14 in Ireland.

2015-16 UEFA Women’s U19 European Championship Qualifying Round
Group 10: Republic of Ireland, Russia, Slovenia and Bulgaria. Matches on September 15, 17 and 20 in Slovenia

2015-16 UEFA Women’s U19 European Championship Qualifying Round
Group 1: Ireland, Turkey, Ukraine, Andorra. Matches on October 15, 17 and 20 in Turkey.


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