The UEFA European Under-17 Championship consists of three distinct stages: the qualifying round, the elite round and the final tournament. The format changed for 2014/15 with the expansion of the final tournament from eight to 16 teams.
The qualifying round, played in autumn, is made up of 13 groups of four countries playing in one-venue mini-tournaments. The top two from each pool progress alongside the four third-placed sides with the best record against the leading pair in their groups.
In the elite round, held in early spring, those 30 qualifiers plus the top two seeds – given a bye this far – compete in eight mini-tournament groups of four. The group winners and seven runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their section advance to the finals to join the hosts.
In the final tournament the contenders are split into four groups of four, with the front two from each proceeding to the knockout phase.
Further details, including the criteria for separating sides that finish level on points in a group, or after 80 minutes in a match, can be found in the official competition regulations.
Germany's Max Meyer suffered heartache in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final but could at least draw solace from finishing the tournament's top scorer with three goals.
No player had scored more than once after the first two group stage games in Slovenia, but Meyer, who had also found the net in Germany's opener against Georgia, put in a virtuoso display in the second half of the matchday three win against France to take his tournament tally to three.
The 16-year-old FC Schalke 04 playmaker remained two ahead of the chasing pack until the showpiece, when Germany captain Leon Goretzka headed his side into the lead, only for the Netherlands to equalise in added time before winning on penalties.
Meyer's three goals in Ljubljana doubled his count from qualifying, leaving him two short of Hungary striker Gergely Bobál and one shy of Spain's Sandro Ramírez in the race to be top scorer for the U17 season as a whole.
Previous finals top scorers
2011: Kyle Ebecilio (Netherlands), Hallam Hope (England), Samed Yesil (Germany), Tonny Trindade de Vilhena (Netherlands) 3
2010: Paco Alcácer (Spain) 6
2009: Luc Castaignos (Netherlands), Lennart Thy (Germany) 3
2008: Yannis Tafer (France) 4
2007: Toni Kroos (Germany), Victor Moses (England) 3
2006: Manuel Fischer (Germany), Bojan Krkić (Spain), Tomáš Necid (Czech Republic) 5
2005: Tevfik Köse (Turkey) 6
2004: Hatem Ben Arfa (France), Bruno Gama (Portugal), Shane Paul (England), Marc Pedraza (Spain) 3
2003: David Rodríguez (Spain) 6
2002: Jonathan Soriano (Spain) 7
Previous season top scorers
2010/11: Samed Yesil (Germany) 11
2009/10: Paco Alcácer (Spain) 14
2008/09: Muhammet Demir (Turkey) 7
2007/08: Danijel Aleksić (Serbia), Geoffrey Castillion (Netherlands) 9
2006/07: Toni Kroos (Germany), Vitali Rushnitski (Belarus), Kolbein Sigthórsson (Iceland) 7
2005/06: Manuel Fischer (Germany) 13
2004/05: Nikola Kalinić (Croatia) 11
2003/04: Fausto Lourenço (Portugal) 8
2002/03: David Rodríguez (Spain) 9
2001/02: Collins John (Netherlands), Simon Vukčević (Yugoslavia) 8
All-time finals top scorers
Bojan Krkić (Spain 2006, 2007) 7
David Rodríguez (Spain 2002, 2003) 7
Jonathan Soriano (Spain 2002) 7
All-time overall top scorers
Paco Alcácer (Spain) 14
Manuel Fischer (Germany) 13
Vaclav Kadlec (Czech Republic) 11
Nikola Kalinić (Croatia) 11
Toni Kroos (Germany) 11
Krisztián Németh (Hungary) 11
Samed Yesil (Germany) 11
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