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.
Previous final tournaments: 11
Most recent: 2016
Best performance: winners 2010, 2014
Qualifying round: Azerbaijan 2-0, Romania 3-0, Austria 3-2 (Group 6 winners)
Elite round: Czech Republic 5-3, Slovenia 4-0, Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-0 (Group 7 winners)
Top scorer: Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho 4
Steve Cooper, coach: It's a tough group with a good variety. We've played the Dutch this season [winning 1-0 in February] and we've a good history against them. We'll play teams from different parts of Europe, with different styles, and face different experiences in every game, but that's what you want from this tournament.
My message to the players is to make the most of the opportunity. There's everything to play for and nothing to fear. It's a privilege to be here and an honour to be representing your country in a major tournament.
Previous final tournaments: 10
Most recent: 2016
Best performance: winners 2011, 2012
Qualifying round: Denmark 2-0, Liechtenstein 9-0, Hungary 4-0 (Group 7 winners)
Elite round: Belgium 2-0, Belarus 3-2, Italy 2-1 (Group 5 winners)
Top scorer: Thomas Buitink, Daishawn Redan 4
Kees van Wonderen, coach: Winning all of our matches in qualifying was a good first step. It shows that we have a strong team with many qualities. Our first game against Ukraine will be a real test because they qualified from an elite round group containing France, Sweden and Austria. They must have a strong squad to have done that.
Previous final tournaments: 0
Most recent: N/A
Best performance: N/A
Qualifying round: Turkey 0-2, Lithuania 2-1, Ukraine 2-2 (Group 13 runners-up)
Elite round: Russia 2-2, Israel 3-0, Hungary 0-1 (Group 2 runners-up)
Top scorer: Erling Håland, Emil Kalsaas 2
Erland Johnsen, coach: It's Norway's first U17 finals, so we're looking forward to it. It's a good challenge to meet England in the first game, it's going to be fun. England are the favourites and it's going to be a real dogfight for second place.
We went through two tough qualification rounds so we're positive and think we're going to vie for one of the first two places. We want to make our opponents fight for the points. We enjoy the physical side. That's going to be to our advantage and help us get through to the next stage, we really believe that.
Previous final tournaments: 5
Most recent: 2016
Best performance: group stage 2002, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2016
Qualifying round: 1-1 Lithuania, 0-1 Turkey, 2-2 Norway (third place in Group 13)
Elite round: Sweden 2-1, France 1-3, Austria 2-1 (Group 6 runners-up)
Top scorer: Olexiy Kashchuk 4
Sergii Popov, coach: We want to show our strength against some tough opponents – that's something we're really looking forward to. On paper, the Netherlands and England are favourites in this group, but ourselves and Norway aren't here to roll over.
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