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Wednesday 12 Dec 2018
Stephen Frail’s boys are also set to play Czech Republic and Israel next March

Northern Ireland’s Men’s Under-17s will face the Netherlands in their first game in the elite round of the 2019 U17 Euros qualifiers.

The Dutch are hosting an elite round mini tournament next March which will feature Stephen Frail’s side along with Czech Republic and Israel.

The Netherlands v Northern Ireland game has been scheduled for Wednesday 20 March (venue TBC), while Northern Ireland will take on Czech Republic in their second game on Saturday 23 March (venue TBC).

The U17s’ third and final game in the group, against Israel, has been pencilled in for Tuesday 26 March (venue TBC). 

Eight elite round group winners and the seven runners-up with the best records against the teams that finish first and third in their sections will join hosts Republic of Ireland in the finals from 3 to 19 May next year.

Back in October Stephen Frail’s side finished second in their group in stage one of the qualification process to go through to the elite round. They narrowly lost 1-0 to eventual group winners Slovakia, held host nation Turkey to a 1-1 draw and then hammered San Marino 6-0.

Meanwhile, the U17s fixture list for the 2019-2020 U17 Euros qualifiers has also been released.

Northern Ireland will be facing Italy, Turkey and hosts Luxembourg in Group 2 of the qualifying round (venues TBC) next autumn.

The U17s’ first game will be against the Turks on Thursday 24 October, while they will face the Italians on 27 October. Host nation Luxembourg will be the opposition on the third and final matchday on 30 October.

The top two in every group, along with the four third-placed sides with the best records against the leading pair, will follow top seeds Spain and England into the elite round in March 2020.

The eight elite round group winners and seven runners-up with the best records against the teams first and third in their poolwill join Estonia in that May's finals.