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Road to Croatia starts with first U17 qualifiers

Published: Thursday 15 September 2016, 8.32CET
The 16-team 2016/17 finals in Croatia will begin with the qualifying round in September and decide Europe's five places at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.
Road to Croatia starts with first U17 qualifiers
Portugal start their trophy defence on home soil ©Sportsfile

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: Thursday 15 September 2016, 8.32CET

Road to Croatia starts with first U17 qualifiers

The 16-team 2016/17 finals in Croatia will begin with the qualifying round in September and decide Europe's five places at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.

The UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualifying round starts on Friday with 52 of the 54 entrants beginning their bids to reach May's final tournament in Croatia – and the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.

Road to Croatia

  • The 52 qualifying round teams compete in 13 four-team mini-tournaments, with holders Portugal hosting the first group from Friday including Scotland, Wales and Malta.
  • The last group ends on 6 November in Israel. 
  • The top two in each group along with the five third-placed teams with the best record against the leading pair in their section join top seeds Germany in the elite round draw on 13 December.
  • The elite round is played in spring 2017 with the eight group winners and seven runners-up with the best record against the sides first and third in their section joining hosts Croatia in the finals.
  • The finals run from 3 to 19 May, beginning with four groups of four from which the top two progress to the quarter-finals.
  • The four semi-finalists and the winner of a play-off between the two best losing quarter-finalists will be Europe's five entrants in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India in autumn 2017.

See how Portugal won the 2016 finals

Qualifying round groups
Group 1 (23–28 September):
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Moldova*, Latvia

Group 2 (15–20 October): Republic of Ireland, Greece, Kazakhstan, Andorra*

Group 3 (21–26 October): Switzerland, Czech Republic, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg*

Group 4 (26–31 October): Serbia, Italy*, Albania, FYR Macedonia

Group 5 (20–25 October): Slovenia*, France, Montenegro, Estonia

Group 6 (25–30 October): England, Austria, Romania*, Azerbaijan

Group 7 (28 September–3 October): Hungary*, Netherlands, Denmark, Liechtenstein

Group 8 (28 September–3 October): Georgia, Sweden, Finland*, Bulgaria

Group 9 (19–24 September): Spain, Slovakia, San Marino, Northern Ireland*

Group 10 (16–21 September): Scotland, Portugal (holders)*, Wales, Malta

Group 11 (26–31 October): Belarus, Belgium, Gibraltar, Cyprus*

Group 12 (1–6 November): Poland, Israel*, Iceland, Armenia

Group 13 (23–28 September): Ukraine, Norway, Turkey, Lithuania*

*hosts

Bye to elite round: Germany

Bye to final tournament: Croatia (hosts)

Last updated: 11/10/16 11.38CET

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