Today’s draw for the UEFA European Women’s Under-19 Championship saw Pauline Hamill’s Scotland drawn alongside Netherlands, Norway and France. Scotland will play host to the tournament for the first time between 16 – 28 July 2019.

Hosted by sports broadcaster Connie McLaughlin, Scotland Women’s National Team players Jo Love & Erin Cuthbert conducted the draw in their role as ambassadors for the Championship.

With Hamill’s young squad having qualified as hosts, they were joined in the draw by current holders Spain who emerged as one of seven Elite Round group winners along with Belgium, England, France, Germany, Netherlands and Norway.

The full draw for the Finals is as follows:

Group A

Group B

Scotland will start their campaign against France on Tuesday, 16 July with England v Germany another mouth-watering tie on the opening day of the Championship. Reigning champions Spain, aiming for a third title in a row, open their account against Belgium (see notes to editors for full fixture schedule).

The top two sides from each group will progress to the semi-finals, due to be played on Thursday, 25 July at Firhill Stadium, Glasgow and St Mirren Park, Paisley.

The Final will be played on Sunday, 28 July at St Mirren Park.

Pauline Hamill, Scotland’s Under-19s Head Coach said “We can’t wait to take on the best in Europe this summer. To compete against Netherlands, Norway & France will be a tough test but the squad will be ready, it’s exciting.”

Pauline added “Having the home crowd will give the girls that extra edge. We’ll prepare in the right way, control what we can control and see where it can take us.”

Speaking at the draw, Glasgow City midfielder Jo Love showed her support for the future heroes of the Scotland Women’s National team: “Both Erin and I progressed through the ranks, having represented Scotland at youth level. We never played in front of a home crowd at a major tournament, so this is a huge opportunity for the girls.”

Love continued “All games are tough at any tournament, Pauline has the squad playing well and on their day can compete with the best in Europe. I’m looking forward to seeing Scotland play, particularly Captain Amy Muir who will be a future star of the women’s game.”

The matches will be played at McDiarmid Park (Perth) Forthbank Stadium (Stirling), Firhill (Glasgow), with the final taking place at St Mirren Park (Paisley).