The 2016/17 UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualifying round draw will be made at 09.00CET on 3 December in Nyon and will involve 52 of the 53 nations aiming to join hosts Croatia in the 16-team finals.
A total of 15 nations will join hosts Croatia in the final tournament in May 2017. But before that the entrants compete next autumn for 31 elite round places. Top seeds Germany have been given a bye to the elite round while the remaining entrants will be in one of two pots of 26 teams each according to their coefficient.
In all, 13 groups will be formed, each containing two teams from each of the seeding pots, with the hosts appointed after the draw and games to be played next autumn, by 20 November 2016. The top two in each group along with the five third-placed teams with the best record against the leading pair will join Germany in the elite round in spring 2017.
In that round, the eight group winners and seven runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their pool will join Croatia in that May's finals. The final tournament will also act as the European qualifier for UEFA's five berths in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, running from 19 August to 10 September.
Pot A: England, Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, Russia*, France, Czech Republic, Austria, Spain*, Poland, Scotland, Serbia, Switzerland, Belgium, Republic of Ireland, Ukraine*, Sweden, Norway, Georgia, Greece, Slovenia, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Israel, Slovakia
Pot B: Turkey, Iceland, Bulgaria, Romania, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Wales, Albania, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Moldova, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Azerbaijan*, Luxembourg, FYR Macedonia, Armenia*, Lithuania, Montenegro, Andorra, San Marino, Gibraltar*, Malta, Liechtenstein, Kazakhstan
*Based on previous decisions of the UEFA Executive Committee and UEFA Emergency Panel, Russia and Ukraine cannot be drawn in the same group. The same applies to Spain and Gibraltar, and Armenia and Azerbaijan
Bye to elite round: Germany
Bye to final tournament: Croatia (hosts)
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