Euro Elite Phase: opponents of the National women's U19 and U17 teams drawn
Sweden, Austria and Serbia for the National Under 19 team, Germany, Czech Republic and Belarus for the National women's Under 17 team. These are the opponents that our teams will fase in the Elite Phase of the European Championships. The Under 19 women's team, qualified for the second phase with full points thanks to the wins against Turkey, Kazakistan and Wales, was drawn in Group 2 and will be on the field on April 4th, 6th and 9th, in Serbia.
“Sweden is one of the best in Europe – said coach Corrado Corradini and it will be a very important test. Serbia has grown, against Austria we have almost always won but it is another team that is imrpving. In any case we can play at all levels and we have a good chance to pass the round.” The six winners of the groups and the second best team with the best results against the first and third of the round will join Israel for the final phase, scheduled from July 15th to the 27th, 2015.
A difficult draw fo the National Under 17 women's team which, after the historical bronze medal won in the World Cup in Costa Rica, easily passed the first phase after the wins against the Far Oer Islands, Greece and Norway. The team will be in the same group as reigning champions Germany and will then host Czech Republic and Belarus that want to reach the final phase of the tournament for the first time in their footbal history.
“We will have to play against the strongest team in Europe and probably the best in the world – underlined coach Enrico Sbardella – that we played against last year in the semifinal of the European Championships losing 1-0. They are very strong but we will go on the field humble and with the will to win. On paper, they are stronger, but football is great because anything can happen in a match. For the third straight year we will play against the Czech Republic in the Elite Phase, it is a team that is similar to ours and it will be a triple match, while with respect to Belarus we are a step above”: The Elite Phase will be played in Italy: “On one side, it is an advantage – explained Sbardella – and I am sure that it will allow us to give visibility to the entire movement, but we mustn't forget that emotions at this age can always be difficult to handle”. The six winners of the groups and the second place team with the best results against the first and third of each group will join Iceland in the final phase, scheduled from June 22nd to July 4th, 2015.
The Elite Phase Groups of the women's Under 19
Group 1: Spain , Finland , Portugal, Turkey
Group 2: Sweden , Italy, Austria, Serbia
Group 3: France , Russia, Iceland, Romania
Group 4: England , Switzerland , Norway , North Ireland
Group 5: Germany , Belgium , Scotland , Ukraine
Group 6: The Netherlands (campione in carica), Denmark , Czech Republic , Slovenia
Elite Phase Groups of the women's Under 17
Group 1: Finland , Switzerland , Turkey , Serbia
Group 2: England , The Netherlands , Republic of Ireland , Hungary
Group 3: Germany (reigning champion), Italy, Belarus , Czech Republic
Group 4: Spain , Belgium , Russia, Romania
Group 5: Denmark , Austria, Sweden , Norway
Group 6: France , Scotland , Poland , Slovakia