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.
Jann-Fiete Arp scored a 13-minute hat-trick – the fastest in UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals history – as Germany began their 2017 campaign in style, defeating Bosnia and Herzegovina 5-0.
Christian Wück's side were leading the Group C fixture 2-0 when the Hamburg forward took centre stage, putting the result beyond doubt with goals on 50, 51 and 62 minutes in Kostrena.
It was marginally quicker than the 14-minute treble Denmark's Morten Rasmussen managed in 2002. Rasmussen went on to net five in a 6-0 victory over Finland, taking just 21 minutes to do so. Overall, there have been 16 hat-tricks in U17 EURO finals.
Quickest U17 EURO finals hat-tricks
13 minutes: Jann-Fiete Arp, Germany 5-0 Bosnia and Herzegovina, 4 May 2017
14 minutes: Morten Rasmussen, Denmark 6-0 Finland, 29 April 2002
16 minutes: Marc Pedraza, Spain 4-1 Northern Ireland, 9 May 2004
17 minutes: Sebastian Westerhoff, Germany 6-2 Hungary, 30 April 2002
Most goals in a U17 EURO finals game
5 Morten Rasmussen, Denmark 6-0 Finland, 29 April 2002
4 David Rodríguez, Spain 5-2 Austria, 14 May 2003
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