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Under-17 elite round line-up confirmed

Published: Monday 7 November 2016, 17.30CET
Holders Portugal were among the 31 teams to make it through the Under-17 qualifying round, with Armenia edging FYR Macedonia thanks to a better disciplinary record.
Under-17 elite round line-up confirmed
Italy celebrate finding the net against Serbia ©FIGC

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: Monday 7 November 2016, 17.30CET

Under-17 elite round line-up confirmed

Holders Portugal were among the 31 teams to make it through the Under-17 qualifying round, with Armenia edging FYR Macedonia thanks to a better disciplinary record.

UEFA European Under-17 Championship holders Portugal were among the 31 teams to make it through the qualifying round to join top seeds Germany in December's elite round draw, while the Faroe Islands made history by progressing and Armenia edged FYR Macedonia thanks to a better disciplinary record.

The qualifiers (group winners listed first):
Group 1:
Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Group 2
: Republic of Ireland, Greece
Group 3
:
Switzerland, Faroe Islands, Czech Republic*
Group 4
:
Italy, Serbia
Group 5
:
France, Slovenia, Montenegro*
Group 6
:
England, Austria
Group 7
:
Netherlands, Hungary
Group 8
:
Sweden, Finland
Group 9
:
Spain, Slovakia
Group 10
:
Scotland, Portugal (holders)
Group 11
:
Cyprus, Belarus, Belgium*
Group 12: Israel, Poland, Armenia*
Group 13
:
Turkey, Norway, Ukraine*

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Viktor Babichyn in action for Ukraine

*Best five third-placed teams (results against top two in group only)
Ranking
(group team: pts, goals F-A)
5 Montenegro: 1, 3-4
13 Ukraine: 1, 2-3
11 Belgium: 1, 0-1
3 Czech Republic: 1, 3-5
12 Armenia: 1, 1-3
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4 FYR Macedonia: 1, 1-3
8 Bulgaria: 0, 1-4
2 Kazakhstan: 0, 1-4
10 Wales: 0, 0-3
6 Azerbaijan: 0, 1-5
7 Denmark: 0, 1-5
1 Latvia: 0, 0-4
9 Northern Ireland: 0, 3-8

  • With total points, goal difference and goals scored all even between Armenia and FYR Macedonia, disciplinary record was used as a tie-breaker between the teams as per the official competition regulations (p14/15). Armenia qualified with the lowest disciplinary points total: one point for one yellow card, compared to their rivals' two points.

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Cyprus savour their elite round place

Bye to elite round: Germany

Bye to finals: Croatia (hosts)

Qualifying round summary

  • Top scorers: Yacine Adli (France), Filston Mawana (Sweden), Martin Murcko (Slovakia), Abel Ruiz (Spain), Christian Tue (Denmark) – four goals each.
  • The Netherlands, Spain, Scotland, Cyprus and Turkey all won their three games without concededing a goal.
  • Russia, the Republic of Ireland, England, Sweden and Israel also picked up nine points, while Italy kept three clean sheets but were held 0-0 by FYR Macedonia.
  • Cyprus are through to the elite round for the first time since 2005/06; for Armenia it is the first time.
  • The Faroe Islands have got through a round of UEFA national-team competition for the first time (though they did advance from the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup preliminary round).

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The finals will be held in Croatia next May

Elite round draw (13 December, Nyon)

  • The teams are split into four seeding pots of eight teams each based on qualifying round results, with Germany in Pot 1 as top seeds.
  • The sides are drawn into eight groups of four teams. No country can meet a nation they played in the qualifying round, with any other restrictions to be confirmed ahead of the draw.
  • Games take place in March. The eight group winners and the seven runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their pool qualify to join hosts Croatia in the finals from 3 to 19 May 2017.
  • The competition will act as a qualifier for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India from 6 to 28 October. Europe has five berths.
  • Earlier on 13 December, the draw for the 2017/18 qualifying round will also be made.

Dates for your diary
Elite round draw: 13 December, Nyon
Elite round: by end of March 2017
Final tourmament draw: tbc, Croatia
Final tournament: 3–19 May, Croatia
FIFA U-17 World Cup: 6–28 October, India

Last updated: 07/11/16 21.23CET

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