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 five third-placed sides with the best record against the leading pair in their groups.
In the elite round, held in early spring, those 31 qualifiers plus the top seed – 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.
The draw for the 2014/15 qualifying round is made at 09.00CET on 28 November, streamed live from Nyon on UEFA.com, with 52 hopefuls split into two pots.
A total of 15 teams will join hosts Bulgaria in the first 16-team final tournament since 2001/012 but before that the entrants compete next autumn for 31 elite round places. Top seeds Germany have been given a bye to the elite round while the remaining entrants will be in one of two pots of 26 teams each according to their coefficient.
A total of 13 groups will be formed, each containing two teams from each of the seeding pots, with the hosts appointed after the draw. The top two in each group along with the five third-placed teams with the best record against the leading pair will join Germany in the elite round in spring 2015.
Pot A: Netherlands, England, France, Hungary, Italy, Denmark, Russia, Czech Republic, Spain, Serbia, Portugal, Georgia, Croatia, Norway, Switzerland, Belgium, Poland, Ukraine, Sweden, Scotland, Republic of Ireland, Iceland, Belarus, Austria, Slovakia, Turkey
Pot B: Greece, Romania, Northern Ireland, Israel, Finland, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Montenegro, Latvia, Estonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Wales, Moldova, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Andorra, San Marino, Malta, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar
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