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.
13 May 2007: Spain 1-0 England (Bojan 48)
Six-time winners of the UEFA European Under-16 Championship, Spain claimed their first U17 title in Belgium ten years ago. Bojan Krkić, UEFA.com's 2007 Golden Player, decided a tight contest with a low shot from the edge of the penalty area. A fine fingertip save from David de Gea just after the hour preserved Spain's lead.
30 May 2010: Spain 1-2 England (Deulofeu 22; Wisdom 30, Wickham 42)
A powerful finish from our Golden Player Connor Wickham completed the comeback as England recovered from a goal down to capture their first U17 crown. Victory at the Rheinpark Stadion in Vaduz rounded off a perfect campaign of 11 successive wins for John Peacock's side.
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