Wales U21 to learn qualifying opponents
International
10 December 2018

Wales U21 to learn qualifying opponents

Rob Page’s Wales U21s are set to learn who they will play in the UEFA Under 21 Championship qualifiers at tomorrow’s (11 December) draw, with all teams seeking a berth to the 2021 finals that are to be jointly held in Hungary and Slovenia.

Page is in Nyon, Switzerland at UEFA HQ for Tuesday’s draw where Wales are seeded in Pot C.  The full seeding for the draw is below, detailing who Wales’ potential opponents could be:

  • Pot A: Germany*, England*, Spain*, Portugal, Denmark*, France*, Italy*, Serbia*, Croatia*
  • Pot B: Austria*, Sweden, Belgium*, Slovakia, Poland*, Romania*, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Israel 
  • Pot C: Greece, Ukraine, Norway, Russia, Turkey, Iceland, Wales, Switzerland, Montenegro
  • Pot D: Bulgaria, Finland, Republic of Ireland, Georgia, Kosovo, Scotland, FYR Macedonia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina 
  • Pot E: Northern Ireland, Albania, Moldova, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cyprus
  • Pot F: Luxembourg, Malta, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein

*Competing at 2019 Under-21 final tournament in Italy

The pots are based on the UEFA coefficient ranking system and the teams will be drawn into eight groups of six and one group of five. The nine group winners will qualify automatically for the finals. 

Runners-up with the best records against the teams first, third, fourth and fifth in their group will go into a play-off to determine the final qualification spot.  

Wales U21 manager Rob Page, is attending the draw in Nyon.
Wales U21 manager Rob Page, is attending the draw in Nyon.

In the qualification campaign for Italy 2019, Wales finished fourth out of six teams in a group topped by Romania but finished off qualification with 3-1 home win over Switzerland.  

The U21 squad that participated in the last qualification campaign saw several players make the step-up to Ryan Giggs’ senior squad for the UEFA Nations League competition. Therefore, the U21 qualification cycles are important for the development of the players at international level, providing them with valuable experience.  

The UEFA U21 Championship Qualifying Draw takes place in Nyon from 08:00 GMT with updates being provided on Twitter via @Cymru - the official Twitter feed for the Wales National Teams. The draw will also be streamed live on UEFA.com

KEY DATES 

Qualifiers

  • 18–20 March 2019
  • 3–11 June 2019
  • 2–10 September 2019
  • 7–15 October 2019
  • 11–19 November 2019
  • 23–31 March 2020
  • 31 August–8 September 2020
  • 5–13 October 2020

Play-offs

  • 9–17 November

Finals

  • June 2021