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  • 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals draw
    2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals draw
    The 16 team flags at Baku Olympic Stadium
    08 April 2016
    ©UEFA.com
  • 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals draw
    2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals draw
    The 16 team representatives and guests at Baku Olympic Stadium
    08 April 2016
    ©UEFA.com
  • 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals draw
    2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals draw
    The draw is made at Baku Olympic Stadium
    08 April 2016
    ©UEFA.com
  • 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals draw
    2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals draw
    The draw is made at Baku Olympic Stadium
    08 April 2016
    ©UEFA.com
  • 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals draw
    2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals draw
    The trophy at the finals draw at Baku Olympic Stadium
    08 April 2016
    ©UEFA.com
  • Austria celebrate
    Austria celebrate
    Austria celebrate their elite-round victory against holders France
    03 April 2016
    ©Philippe Le Brech / FFF
  • Austria celebrate
    Austria celebrate
    Austria celebrate their elite-round victory against holders France
    03 April 2016
    ©Philippe Le Brech / FFF
  • Ervin Taha (France)
    Ervin Taha (France)
    France's Ervin Taha attempts to take on Lukas Malicsek of Austria during their elite-round tie
    03 April 2016
    ©Philippe Le Brech / FFF
  • Austria lineup
    Austria lineup
    Austria line up before their elite-round defeat of France
    03 April 2016
    ©Philippe Le Brech / FFF
  • France lineup
    France lineup
    France line up before their elite-round defeat to Austria
    03 April 2016
    ©Philippe Le Brech / FFF
  • France
    France
    France line up before their elite-round defeat of Greece
    31 March 2016
    ©Philippe Le Brech
  • Myziane Maolida (France)
    Myziane Maolida (France)
    Myziane Maolida celebrates France's elite-round winner against Greece
    31 March 2016
    ©Philippe Le Brech
  • Jano Baxmann (Germany)
    Jano Baxmann (Germany)
    Jano Baxmann celebrates scoring for Germany in the elite round against the Netherlands
    29 March 2016
    ©Getty Images
  • Jano Baxmann (Germany)
    Jano Baxmann (Germany)
    Jano Baxmann scores for Germany in the elite round against the Netherlands
    29 March 2016
    ©Getty Images
  • Liam Hegarty (Scotland)
    Liam Hegarty (Scotland)
    Liam Hegarty in action during Scotland's 4-0 UEFA European Under-17 Championship defeat against Denmark
    28 March 2016
    ©UEFA.com
  • Celebration (Denmark)
    Celebration (Denmark)
    Denmark prepare for their UEFA European Under-17 Championship game against Scotland
    28 March 2016
    ©UEFA.com
  • Celebration (Denmark)
    Celebration (Denmark)
    Denmark celebrate a UEFA European Under-17 Championship goal against Scotland
    28 March 2016
    ©UEFA.com
  • Germany celebrate
    Germany celebrate
    Germany celebrate during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualifier against Slovakia
    24 March 2016
    ©Bongarts
  • Italy celebrate
    Italy celebrate
    Italy celebrate sealing their finals berth
    21 March 2016
    ©Lasha Kuprashvili
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrate
    Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrate
    Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrate sealing their finals berth
    20 March 2016
    ©Lasha Kuprashvili
  • Liam Cullen (Wales)
    Liam Cullen (Wales)
    Liam Cullen of Wales in their elite round match against Croatia
    16 March 2016
    ©HNS
  • Belgium celebrate
    Belgium celebrate
    Belgium celebrate after beating Spain on penalties their elite round match
    16 March 2016
    ©David Catry
  • Belgium celebrate
    Belgium celebrate
    Belgium celebrate after beating Spain on penalties their elite round match
    16 March 2016
    ©David Catry
  • Mile Svilar (Belgium)
    Mile Svilar (Belgium)
    Mile Svilar of Belgium celebrates in their elite round match against Spain
    16 March 2016
    ©David Catry

Road to the final

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.

Qualifying round
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.

Elite round
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.

Final tournament
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.

 

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