Ireland seeded fourth for 2015 European U21 Championship Qualifying
Noel King’s Republic of Ireland will be in Pot D for Thursday’s 2015 European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Round draw.
The 52 teams have been split into five pots – with the lowest-ranking sides allocated to Pot E – and will be drawn into ten qualifying groups, two of six teams and eight of five. Each pool will contain one side apiece from the five seeding pots, except Groups 1 and 2 which will feature two teams from Pot E. Group stage matches can get under way from 22nd March, as the contestants bid to join hosts the Czech Republic in the finals in June 2015. The ten group winners and the four best runners-up will advance to the play-offs to determine which seven sides will play in the final tournament.
Seven of the finalists for the Euro 2013 U21 Championships are in Pot A, while Norway will be the side to avoid from Pot C after qualifying for this summer’s tournament. 2011 tournament finalists Belarus, Denmark and Ukraine are in Pot B, while Iceland, who also competed at Euro 2011 in Denmark, are in Pot D.
The 52-team draw will take place on 31 January in Nyon, Switzerland, and is due to be streamed live on UEFA.com.
Qualifying round draw seedings
Pot A: Spain, England, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, France, Sweden, Israel
Pot B: Romania, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, Scotland, Portugal, Austria, Denmark, Belarus, Wales
Pot C: Greece, Slovakia, Belgium, Hungary, Armenia, Croatia, Norway, Montenegro, Finland, Slovenia
Pot D: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Georgia, Iceland, Moldova, Republic of Ireland, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Latvia
Pot E: Northern Ireland, Albania, Faroe Islands, Lithuania, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Estonia, Malta, Luxembourg, Andorra, Liechtenstein, San Marino
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