with the top-four ranked teams assigned to position 1 in each group and the others to position 2.The main round runners-up werenot seeded and assigned to positions 3 and 4.There wereseven potential mini-tournament hosts, three seeded in position 1, one in position 2, three in position 4. They were split into three draw bowls accordingly.First a position (1, 2 or 4) was drawn, then a team from the appropriate bowl drawn and assigned to Group A according to their seeding.This procedure was repeated for the other three groups.Once the four hosts were drawn, the remaining three teams were reassigned to their appropriate draw pot.The remaining teams were drawn according to their seeding.Based on decisions taken by the UEFA Executive Committee, Russia and Ukraine cannot be drawn into the same groupThe elite round will be played between 27 January and 5 February.The four group winners will qualify for the finals in Lithuania from 12 September to 4 October.The four runners-up will go into the play-offs on 9 and 12 April for the remaining two UEFA berths.
Elite round draw pots
Bowl 1 (Position 4)
Bowl 2 (Position 2)
Bowl 3 (Position 1)
Pot 1 (Positions 3 & 4, non-drawn hosts will be added):
Pot 2 (Position 2, non-drawn hosts will be added):
Pot 3 (Position 1, non-drawn hosts will be added):
Main round group winners: Spain (1), Slovenia (2), Azerbaijan (3), Italy (4), Kazakhstan (5), Serbia (6), Russia (7), Portugal (8)
Main round group runners-up: Finland (1), Ukraine (2), Slovakia (3), Belarus (4), Romania (5), France (6), Croatia (7), Czech Republic (8)
- Finland and Belarus began in the preliminary round.
- Spain won the World Cup in 2000 and 2004, and reached three other finals, while being one of just three ever-present teams in the eight editions alongside fellow champions Brazil and Argentina.
- Italy (2004) and Russia (2016) have also been runners-up.
- Belarus, Finland, France, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia are aiming to qualify for the first time; Finland and Slovakia have never been to a major tournament.
Play-off draw procedure
The four elite-round runners-up were pre-drawn into two home-and-away ties to be played on 9 and 12 April for the remaing two berths in the finals.
Runner-up Group A
Runner-up Group B
Runner-up Group C
番茄社区成人Runner-up Group D