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.
Seven-goal Portugal forward José Gomes has finished as the top scorer at the 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.
The Benfica forward found the net during four of his five starts in Azerbaijan – he was rested for all but the last few minutes of Hélio Sousa's side's matchday three encounter with Belgium – and registered the only hat-trick of the final tournament, against Austria in the last eight.
Not on target in Portugal's final victory against Spain on penalties, Gomes surpassed La Roja's Paco Alcácer as the most prolific player in the competition's history with his treble-sealing goal in that 5-0 defeat of Austria. The Guinea-Bissau-born striker took his tally to 12 for the campaign and 16 overall (he scored four in 2014/15 qualifying) with a header, his fifth of a fruitful two weeks in Baku, in the subsequent 2-0 triumph over the Netherlands.
2016 final tournament top scorers
José Gomes (Portugal) 7
Abel Ruiz (Spain) 4
Yari Otto (Germany) 3
Reiss Nelson (England) 3
Renat Dadashov (Germany) 3
Brahim Díaz (Spain) 2
Francisco García (Spain) 2
2015/16 season top scorers
José Gomes (Portugal) 12
Reiss Nelson (England) 9
João Filipe (Portugal) 7
Teddy Bergqvist (Sweden) 6
Jens Odgaard (Denmark) 6
Abel Ruiz (Spain) 6
Dylan Vente (Netherlands) 6
Previous finals top scorers
2015: Odsonne Edouard (France) 8
2014: Dominic Solanke (England), Jari Schuurman (Netherlands) 4
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
2014/15: Odsonne Edouard (France) 13
2013/14: Adam Armstrong, Dominic Solanke (England) 9
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
José Gomes (Portugal) 16
Paco Alcácer (Spain) 14
Odsonne Edouard (France) 13
Manuel Fischer (Germany) 13
Timo Werner (Germany) 13
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