#WU17EURO elite and qualifying round opponents confirmed
29 November 2019

#WU17EURO elite and qualifying round opponents confirmed

The draws for the 2019/20 UEFA #WU17EURO championship elite round and the 2020/21 UEFA #WU17EURO championship qualifying round took place at UEFA HQ today (29 November).

For the 2019/20 elite round, Cymru have been drawn alongside France, England and Slovakia in group 5. England were selected as hosts and the matches will be played on 16, 19 and 22 March (venues TBC). The seven group winners qualify to join hosts Sweden in the finals held from 9 to 22 May.

Cymru reached the elite round as one of the third best placed teams in a difficult qualifying group. Despite losing 3-0 to Russia in the opening match, Jayne Ludlow’s side bounced back with an impressive draw against top seeds Denmark and a 1-0 win against North Macedonia on the final day.

Our focus is always to reach the elite round and play the top nations, and that's what we've managed to do. These tournaments are all about developing our players and preparing them to potentially step up into the national senior team. There's some really good teams in the group but hopefully we can get some support to travel over the border with us and the girls can put in performances for our fans to be proud of.

– Lauren Smith

In the 2020/21 qualifying round, Cymru will face the Republic of Ireland, Portugal and North Macedonia in group 3. Portugal have been selected as hosts for the mini-tournament and matches will take place on November 2, 5 and 8.

The top two in each group progress to the elite round in March 2021 along with the four third-placed teams with the best record against the top two in their group. The seven elite-round winners will join hosts the Faroe Islands in the finals that May.