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.
France's Amine Gouiri has finished as the leading scorer at the 2017 UEFA European Under-17 Championship with eight goals, an all-time record-equalling total for these finals.
2017 U17 EURO top scorers
Amine Gouiri (France) – 8 (+1 in FIFA World Cup play-off)
Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany) – 7
Jadon Sancho (England) – 5
Abel Ruiz (Spain) – 4
Elias Abouchabaka (Germany) – 3
Sergio Gómez (Spain) – 3
Malik Karaahmet (Turkey) – 3
Rhian Brewster (England) – 3
Mateu Morey (Spain) – 3
Callum Hudson-Odoi (England) – 3
Seven of Gouri's strikes came during a fruitful group stage for the Lyon forward. He started his campaign with a double against Hungary, before registering a 33-minute hat-trick in a 7-0 defeat of the Faroe Islands. Two more goals followed against Scotland, his second a late winner that sent France through at the expense of their opponents.
That tied the record by one player in any UEFA final-tournament group – for men, women and futsal – shared by Spain's Jonathan Soriano (2002 U17s), Gil Gomes (Portugal in the 1989 U16s) and Gouiri's compatriot Michel Platini, who netted seven for France in the EURO '84 group stage.
The No9 then broke the deadlock in France's quarter-final loss to Spain and also hit the target against Hungary in the FIFA U-17 World Cup play-off fixture on Tuesday – though the latter effort does not count towards his U17 EURO haul.
Gouiri's striking predecessor Odsonne Edouard had managed a record eight goals in France's U17 triumph in Bulgaria two years ago. Spain captain Abel Ruiz, too, has that many U17 EURO goals to his name, having notched four times in Azerbaijan 12 months ago, followed by four in Croatia for this month's eventual champions.
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