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 five third-placed sides with the best record against the leading pair in their groups.
In the elite round, held in early spring, those 31 qualifiers plus the top seed – 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.
Two-time winners England, the Netherlands and Spain are among the 15 teams to have joined hosts Croatia in May's UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals.
The draw is at 18:00CET on Monday 3 April at the Panorama Zagreb Hotel and the finals in Croatia run from 3 to 19 May.
Group 1: Germany, Turkey
Group 2: Hungary, Norway
Group 3: Spain
Group 4: Scotland, Serbia
Group 5: Netherlands, Italy
Group 6: France, Ukraine
Group 7: England, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Group 8: Republic of Ireland, Faroe Islands
• The eight group winners and the seven runners-up with the best records against the teams first and third in their section have joined hosts Croatia in the finals.
• Holders Portugal were the runners-up who missed out, pipped by a single goal by Bosnia and Herzegovina.
How the draw will work
• Croatia will be placed in position 1 of Group A. The seven best elite round section winners will be in Pot 1 and drawn to fill the remaining positions 1 and 2 in the four finals groups. The remaining teams are in Pot 2 and fill positions 3 and 4.
• Pot 1: Germany, England, Scotland, Republic of Ireland, Netherlands, France, Spain
• Pot 2: Hungary, Turkey, Italy, Serbia, Ukraine, Norway, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands
Draw: 3 April
Group stage: 3/4, 6/7, 9/10 May
Quarter-finals: 12/13 May
Semi-finals & & FIFA U-17 World Cup play-off: 16 May
Final: 19 May
• England, France, the Netherlands and Spain are going for record third U17 titles.
• The Faroe Islands have qualified for their first final tournament at any level.
• Norway also make their debut, meaning that 40 of UEFA's 55 member nations will have been represented in at least one of the 16 U17 EUROs.
• England have qualified for the 12th time in 16 final tournaments, one ahead of France, Netherlands and Spain.
• Season top scorer: Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) 7
• Elite round top scorer: Elias Abouchabaka (Germany), Maximo Tolonen (Finland) 5
• The final tournament will also act as European qualifier for UEFA's five berths at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, running from 6 to 28 October.
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