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Friday 19 Apr 2024
Italy and Norway to kick off U19 Euros in Northern Ireland

Holders Italy will face Norway in the first match of the 2024 UEFA Men’s European Under-19 Championship finals, which are being held in Northern Ireland this summer.

Group stage games in the eight-team tournament are scheduled to be played at Seaview Stadium in Belfast and Larne’s Inver Park, while the semi-finals and final will be played at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast.

The Irish Football Association is hosting U19 Euro 2024 along with UEFA. The tournament will run from 15 to 28 July.

The Italians and the Norwegians are due to meet each other at Seaview on Monday 15 July (3.30pm kick-off).

Northern Ireland’s U19s will play their first game in the U19 Euros later the same day – at Inver Park against Ukraine (7pm start).

Gareth McAuley’s U19s have been drawn in Group A with the Italians, Norwegians and Ukrainians, while Group B features Denmark, Spain, France and Turkiye.

The opening set of games in Group B will be staged on Tuesday 16 July. First up is Denmark v Spain at Inver Park (3.30pm) followed by France against Turkiye at Seaview at 7pm.

Matchday two in Group A will see Norway face Ukraine at the home of Crusaders FC in north Belfast on Thursday 18 July (3.30pm), while Northern Ireland will be taking on Italy at Larne FC’s home ground (7pm).

The second set of games in Group B are pencilled in for Friday 19 July. Denmark and France will be in action at Inver Park (3.30pm) followed by Turkiye against Spain at Seaview (7pm).

The final games in Group A are due to be staged on Sunday 21 July. Norway and Northern Ireland will meet at Seaview (7pm) as Ukraine and Italy battle it out in Larne (7pm).

Group B will draw to a close on Monday 22 July when Turkiye take on Denmark at Seaview (7pm) and Spain come up against France at Inver Park (7pm).

The National Football Stadium will host the semi-finals on Thursday 25 July. In the first semi-final the winner of Group A will face the Group B runner-up at 2pm, while the winner of Group B and the Group A runner-up are scheduled to meet at 7pm.

Five of the teams competing at this summer’s tournament will go on to represent Europe at the 2025 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Chile (four semi-finalists plus the winner of a play-off game between the teams finishing fifth and sixth overall).

And that play-off game is also scheduled to be played on Thursday 25 July. It is due to be staged at Seaview, with a 4.30pm start.

The winners of the semi-finals will then have two rest days before the final takes place on Sunday 28 July at the National Football Stadium. It will kick off at 7pm.

Ticketing details for the various matches at the U19 Euros in Northern Ireland will be confirmed next month.