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Wednesday 27 Oct 2021
Northern Ireland U17 Euro qualifiers to be streamed live

The three UEFA Euro qualifiers featuring Northern Ireland’s U17s over the next seven days are set to be streamed live on Irish FA's '@NorthernIreland' social media channels.

The Irish Football Association is hosting all matches in Group 12 of the UEFA Under-17 Euro 2022 preliminary round and fans can watch them live on the Northern Ireland YouTube and Facebook channels. Michael Clarke and Joel Neill will be on commentary duties.

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The group features Italy, Scotland and Albania alongside Northern Ireland and matchday one will see Gerard Lyttle’s side face Scotland at Mourneview Park in Lurgan later today (27 October) at 3pm.

And also today, at Shamrock Park in Portadown, the Italians and Albanians are due to meet (7pm kick-off). 

Inver Park in Larne is set to host Northern Ireland’s second match in the mini tournament, with Italy providing the opposition on Saturday (30 October) with a 3pm start. And on the same day at 7pm the Scots and Albanians will clash at Seaview in Belfast. 

The final matches in the group will be next Tuesday (2 November), with both games starting at 3pm. Northern Ireland are due to play Albania at The Oval in Belfast and Scotland and Italy are scheduled to meet at Shamrock Park. 

U17s manager Gerard Lyttle said: “When you see how popular and successful livestreaming was when our Victory Shield games were shown I think it’s great news that we will now have our U17s in the spotlight. 

“It means those family and friends who can’t attend the matches now have the opportunity to see the games on a live stream.

“I think when our boys know that the game is on live, and it gives them a bigger opportunity to showcase themselves to a bigger audience, it will work wonders for their confidence. Well done to everyone involved in making this happen.” 

Italy are the top seeds in Group 12 and Scotland are the second seeds, while Northern Ireland are third seeds and Albania are the lowest ranked team. 

The top two teams in 13 qualifying groups will join top seeds Netherlands and Spain in the spring 2022 elite round along with the four third-placed teams with the best records against the top two in their section.

From there 15 teams will qualify to join hosts Israel at the UEFA U17 European Championship finals in May 2022.