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.
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*
*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
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
Bye to elite round: Germany
Bye to finals: Croatia (hosts)
Qualifying round summary
Elite round draw (13 December, Nyon)
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
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