Natalia Ignatovych: "The girls really want to show themselves, they dream of getting to the final tournament of the European Championship"

The head coach of the youth women's national team of Ukraine WU-19 Natalia Ignatovych spoke about the final stage of the team's preparation for the second round of Euro-2024 (WU-19) selection.

According to the results of the draw, Natalia Ignatovych's wards have dropped to group A4, where they will play against France, the Czech Republic and Norway. Matches in our quartet will take place on April 3-9 in the Czech Republic, in Chomutov and Blšany, at city stadiums. Currently, the blue-yellow team is holding a training camp in Khomutov. 

The coach of the youth women's national team of Ukraine WU-19 Nataliya Ignatovych commented on the process of the team's preparation for the selection tournament to the official website of the UAF.

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"We are very satisfied with the preparation process. The girls are attentive, hardworking. Everyone is on the move, as they say, there are no injured. Everything is fine, we can only thank the people of the Czech Republic for the warm welcome. The place here is very cool, a Christmas tree forest, a field of fantastic quality near our hotel. Everything is fine, the preparation is going well. It's a pity that it was not possible to allocate as many days to it as we wanted.

As for our opponents in the group, we have already analyzed them all. I can say that it will not be easy. The level of opponents in the second round of selection is completely different than in the first. We will meet here with stronger football. The French work very well with the ball, while the Norwegians have a more powerful style, they can push and fight. But they also have weaknesses, just like the French team. Whether we can use them is another matter. I am sure that we will not play as the first number. On the contrary, we will try to act on counterattacks. As the matches progress, we will see what we are capable of. 

We set the team the highest challenges in this tournament. We want to get to the final part of the European Championship. It will be difficult, but we really hope. In the most difficult match against the French national team, it is necessary to achieve a decent result, miss as little as possible and counterattack. We will definitely fight with the Czech Republic. There will also be problems with Norway, because there are very powerful, tall soccer players. We will try to play with them from the bottom. In general, we are adjusting. The girls really want to show themselves, they dream of getting to the final tournament of the European Championship," said Natalia Ignatovych.

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The composition of the youth women's national team of Ukraine WU-19

Goalkeepers: Varvara Novikova ("Ladomyr" Volodymyr), Victoria Kanevska ("Panthers" Uman).

Defenders: Lidia Zaborovets, Sofia Lutsan (both Shakhtar Donetsk), Darina Krasnoborodko (Kolos Kovalivka), Valeria Gresa (Kloten, Switzerland), Yevgenia Belova (Zurich, Switzerland).

Midfielders: Dilyara Bondareva, Diana Borovska, Sofia Petrosyan (all from "EMS-Podillia" Vinnytsia), Dana Korotchuk, Myroslava Newar (both from "Ladomyr" Volodymyr), Oleksandra Yaneva ("Shakhtar" Donetsk), Elizaveta Lykhovyd ("Sisters" Odesa) , Valeria Honcharuk ("Atex" Kyiv), Kateryna Yuzva ("Mariupol").

Forwards: Victoria Radionova ("Vorskla" Poltava), Liliana Serbuk, Angelina Fedorenko (both "Colossus" Kovalivka), Maryna Ptitsyna ("Hamburg, Germany").

Euro-2024 (WU-19). The second round of selection. Group A4

03.04.2024

France - Ukraine - 16:00

Norway - Czech Republic (16:00)

06.04.2024

France - Norway (16:00)

Czech Republic - Ukraine - 16:00

09.04.2024

Czech Republic - France (17:00)

Ukraine — Norway (17:00)

The kick off is Kyiv time.

The second qualifying round will determine the seven national teams that will join Lithuania in the final stage of the U19 European Championship for Girls, as well as the teams that will move from one league to another. The seeding during the second round draw was determined by the positions that the national teams were seeded in the first round in the fall.

In League A, 28 teams will play in seven groups, including seven national teams that were promoted from League B following the results of the first round. The seven group winners of League A in the second round will qualify for the final stage, which will be played from July 15 to July 27, 2024. The fourth-placed teams in the groups will start the first round of the 2024/2025 season in League B.

23 teams in League B, including those relegated from League A after the autumn stage, will compete in six groups (five with four participants, one with three) for tickets to League A in the first round of the next draw. Lithuania will also play in League B, although they are guaranteed a place in the final as hosts.

Euro 2024 (WU-19). Second round of selection

League A

Group A1: Spain, Denmark, Greece, Slovenia.

Group A2: Austria, Iceland, Ireland, Croatia.

Group A3: England, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland.

Group A4: France, Czech Republic, Norway, Ukraine.

Group A5: Serbia, Belgium, Belarus, Slovakia.

Group A6: The Netherlands, Finland, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Group A7: Germany, Sweden, Hungary, Romania.

League B.

Group B1: Wales, North Macedonia, Moldova, Lithuania.

Group B2: Scotland, Albania, Cyprus, Liechtenstein.

Group B3: Israel, Kosovo, Gibraltar, Luxembourg.

Group B4: Montenegro, Bulgaria, Latvia, Azerbaijan.

Group B5: Northern Ireland, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Georgia.

Group B6: Turkey, Faroe Islands, Armenia.

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