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.
Both scorers in the final, England's Dominic Solanke and Jari Schuurman of the Netherlands finished as joint-leading marksmen at the UEFA European Under-17 Championship with four goals.
Solanke and Schuurman started Wednesday's showpiece level with four other players on three goals, but each found the net to move out on their own. The Jong Oranje midfielder's previous three efforts had come in the 5-2 win against hosts Malta on matchday two.
England forward Solanke, meanwhile, struck twice against Turkey in the group stage and once against Portugal in the semi-finals. The Chelsea FC tyro's opener in the final took his tally for the whole campaign, qualifying included, to nine, level at the top of the charts with team-mate Adam Armstrong, who did not play against the Netherlands due to an ankle injury.
Previous finals top scorers
2013: Elio Capradossi (Italy), Robin Kamber (Switzerland), Mario Pugliese (Italy), Martin Slaninka (Slovakia) 2
2012: Max Meyer (Germany) 3
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
2012/13: Timo Werner (Germany) 13
2011/12: Gergely Bobá (Hungary) 8
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
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