Second stage of training begins ahead of departure Friday for Northern Ireland

Second stage of training begins ahead of departure Friday for Northern Irel

The second stage of preparations begins today for the Under-19 National Women’s Team with just over a week to go before the start of the European Championship. After the first stage between 17th and 27th July in Formia, the coach Enrico Sbardella confirmed his squad of 19 Azzurrine players who will travel on Friday to Northern Ireland. Tomorrow morning, the team will pose for the official photos and Sbardella will meet the press after the first of two training sessions.

Italy will make their debut at the tournament on Tuesday 8th August in Lurgan against England. On Friday 11th August they will meet the reigning champions France in Belfast before finishing the group in Portadown on Monday 14th August against the Netherlands. All matches will kick off at 15:00 local time or 16:00 CEST. The first two sides from each group will progress to the semi-finals with the top four sides also qualifying for next year’s youth World Cup in France.

Squad list for the European Championship 

Goalkeepers: Alessia Capelletti (Mozzanica), Nicole Lauria (Bologna), Alessia Piazza (Lugano);
Defenders: Martina Lenzini, Sara Mella, Beatrice Merlo (Inter Milano), Vanessa Panzeri (Como), Erika Santoro, Alice Tortelli (Fiorentina);
Midfielders: Arianna Caruso, Federica Cavicchia (Zurich), Giada Greggi, Marta Mascarello, Alice Regazzoli (Inter Milano);
Forwards: Sofia Cantore (Fiammamonza), Sofia Del Stabile (Tavagnacco), Benedetta Glionna (Fiammamonza), Gloria Marinelli (Perugia), Annamaria Serturini (Pink Sport Time).

Staff – Head of Delegation: Fiona May; Coach: Enrico Maria Sbardella; Assistant Coach: Elena Proserpio Marchetti; Secretary: Sabrina Filacchione; Fitness Coach Coordinator: Stefano D’Ottavio; Fitness Coach: Simone Mangieri; Goalkeeping Coach: Davide Quironi; Match Analyst: Antonio Gagliardi and Marco Mannucci; Doctor: Pierpaolo Rota; Physiotherapist: Emanuele Provini.

The Groups for the European Championship 

Group A: Northern Ireland, Germany, Scotland, Spain
Group B: Italy, The Netherlands, France, England

The Azzurrine’s fixtures

August 8th: Italy-England (Lurgan – 15:00 local time, 16:00 CEST)
August 11th: Italy-France (Belfast – 15:00 local time, 16:00 CEST)
August 14th: Italy-The Netherlands (Portadown – 15:00 local time, 16:00 CEST)

August 17th: Semi-finals
August 20th: Final

Schedule for the Women’s Under-19 National side from 31st July to 14th August 

Monday 31st July
12:30  Squad gathering
17:30  Training

Tuesday 1st August
10:00  Official photo
11:00 Training (Open to accredited press)
Following training coach Enrico Sbardella will be present to meet the press
17:30 Training
*To request accreditation please email s.orati@figc.it by 31st July 2017

Wednesday 2nd August
10:00 Gym – Physiotherapy
17:30 Training

Thursday 3rd August
10:00 Training
17:30 Training

Friday 4th August  
11:15 Flight from Roma to Dublin
13:35  Arrive in Dublin
18:00  Training (indoor)

Saturday 5th August
15:00 Training

Sunday 6th August
15:00 Training

Monday 7th August
12:00 Press conference (Coach and Captain)
15:00 Training

Tuesday 8th August
15:00 Italy vs. England
Mourneview Park, Lurgan

Wednesday 9th August  
10:30 Training

Thursday 10th August 
15:00 Training

Friday 11th August
15:00 Italy vs. France
Windsor Park, Belfast

Saturday 12th August
10:30 Training

Sunday 13th August
15:00 Training

Monday 14th August
15:00 The Netherlands vs. Italy
Shamrock Park, Portadown

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