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Football flourishing in U17 host nation Azerbaijan

Published: Friday 11 March 2016, 9.00CET
Football development is flourishing in Azerbaijan as they prepare to host the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in May. Fiind out more in the first part of our video series.

Road to the final

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.

Qualifying round
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.

Elite round
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.

Final tournament
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.

 

Published: Friday 11 March 2016, 9.00CET

Football flourishing in U17 host nation Azerbaijan

Football development is flourishing in Azerbaijan as they prepare to host the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in May. Fiind out more in the first part of our video series.

In May, the UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals will be staged in Azerbaijan and that is just the latest step in the laying of solid foundations for football in the country.

The Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA) have been working on a series of initiatives to strengthen football development in the country. Find out more by clicking on the video player.

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