European Cup first qualifying round: On Monday the draw was made for the first round of qualification for the 2017 European Championship.
Norway was seeded and was last out of the machine, matched with Austria, Wales, Israel and Kazakhstan in group 8. Matches must be played between Sept. 14 2015 and Sept. 20 2016. This time the finals tournament, to be played in the Netherlands, has been opened up from 12 to 16 nations. The eight group winners will go through with the six best runners-up. The last two runners-up will play a qualification round in October 2016, and Netherlands qualify automatically as the hosts.
Group 1: Iceland, Scotland, Belarus, Slovenia, Macedonia,
Group 2: Spain, Finland, Ireland, Portugal, Montenegro,
Group 3: France, Ukraine, Romania, Greece, Albania,
Group 4: Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Slovakia, Moldova,
Group 5: Germany, Russia, Hungary, Turkey, Croatia,
Group 6: Italy, Switzerland, Czech Rep., Northern Ireland, Georgia,
Group 7: England, Belgium, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Estonia,
Group 8: Norway, Austria, Wales, Israel, Kazakhstan.Andreas Kristoffer Berge http://fotballmagasinet.no/?mode=news&id=28721
I guess the same home and away format will be used so Norway and all the other teams will have eight matches to play, with trips to some exotic places.