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  • Elias Abouchabaka (Germany)
    Elias Abouchabaka (Germany)
    Elias Abouchabaka (2nd L) of Germany celebrates after scoring a goal during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Armenia
    24 March 2017
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  • Elias Abouchabaka (Germany)
    Elias Abouchabaka (Germany)
    Elias Abouchabaka (L) of Germany scores their sixth goal during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Armenia
    24 March 2017
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  • Christian Wück (Germany)
    Christian Wück (Germany)
    Coach Christian Wück of Germany looks on during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Armenia
    24 March 2017
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  • Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Jann-Fiete Arp (L) of Germany scores their eighth goal during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Armenia
    24 March 2017
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  • Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Jann-Fiete (No9) Arp of Germany celebrates with team-mates after scoring their eighth goal during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Armenia
    24 March 2017
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  • Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Jann-Fiete Arp (L) of Germany celebrates with team-mate after scoring their eighth goal during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Armenia
    24 March 2017
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  • Erik Majetschak (Germany)
    Erik Majetschak (Germany)
    Erik Majetschak (L) of Germany celebrates with team-mates after scoring their tenth goal during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Armenia
    24 March 2017
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  • Zhirayr Shaghoyan (Armenia) & Kilian Ludewig (Germany)
    Zhirayr Shaghoyan (Armenia) & Kilian Ludewig (Germany)
    Zhirayr Shaghoyan of Armenia in action with Kilian Ludewig (R) of Germany during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match
    24 March 2017
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  • Aram Khamoyan (Armenia) & Erik Majetschak (Germany)
    Aram Khamoyan (Armenia) & Erik Majetschak (Germany)
    Aram Khamoyan of Armenia in action with Erik Majetschak (R) of Germany during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match
    24 March 2017
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  • Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany) & Arsen Yeghiazaryan (Armenia)
    Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany) & Arsen Yeghiazaryan (Armenia)
    Jann-Fiete Arp of Germany in action with Arsen Yeghiazaryan (R) of Armenia during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match
    24 March 2017
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  • Dennis Jastrzembski (Germany)
    Dennis Jastrzembski (Germany)
    Dennis Jastrzembski of Germany celebrates after scoring the opening goal during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Armenia
    24 March 2017
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  • Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany) & Arsen Yeghiazaryan (Armenia)
    Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany) & Arsen Yeghiazaryan (Armenia)
    Jann-Fiete Arp of Germany in action with Arsen Yeghiazaryan (R) of Armenia during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match
    24 March 2017
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  • Dennis Jastrzembski (Germany)
    Dennis Jastrzembski (Germany)
    Dennis Jastrzembski of Germany celebrates after scoring the opening goal during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Armenia
    24 March 2017
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  • Artak Asatryan (Armenia) & Kilian Ludewig (Germany)
    Artak Asatryan (Armenia) & Kilian Ludewig (Germany)
    Artak Asatryan of Armenia in action with Kilian Ludewig (R) of Germany during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match
    24 March 2017
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  • Charles-Jesaja Herrmann (Germany) & Zhirayr Shaghoyan (Armenia)
    Charles-Jesaja Herrmann (Germany) & Zhirayr Shaghoyan (Armenia)
    Charles-Jesaja Herrmann of Germany in action with Zhirayr Shaghoyan (R) of Armenia during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match
    24 March 2017
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  • Yannik Keitel (Germany) & Aram Khamoyan (Armenia)
    Yannik Keitel (Germany) & Aram Khamoyan (Armenia)
    Yannik Keitel of Germany in action with Aram Khamoyan (R) of Armenia during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match
    24 March 2017
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  • Nicolas-Gerrit Kuehn (Germany) & Aram Khamoyan (Armenia)
    Nicolas-Gerrit Kuehn (Germany) & Aram Khamoyan (Armenia)
    Nicolas-Gerrit Kuehn of Germany in action with Aram Khamoyan (R) of Armenia during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match
    24 March 2017
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  • Elias Abouchabaka (Germany)
    Elias Abouchabaka (Germany)
    Elias Abouchabaka (No10) of Germany celebrates with team-mates after scoring their fourth goal during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Armenia
    24 March 2017
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  • Elias Abouchabaka (Germany)
    Elias Abouchabaka (Germany)
    Elias Abouchabaka of Germany celebrates after scoring their fourth goal during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Armenia
    24 March 2017
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  • Germany players celebrate
    Germany players celebrate
    Germany players celebrate the opening goal during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Armenia
    24 March 2017
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  • Germany players celebrate
    Germany players celebrate
    Germany players celebrate the opening goal during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Armenia
    24 March 2017
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  • Charles-Jesaja Herrmann (Germany)
    Charles-Jesaja Herrmann (Germany)
    Germany players celebrate the opening goal during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Armenia
    24 March 2017
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  • Yunus Akgün (Turkey)
    Yunus Akgün (Turkey)
    Yunus Akgün (No11) of Turkey celebrates scoring during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Finland
    23 March 2017
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  • Atalay Babacan (Turkey)
    Atalay Babacan (Turkey)
    Atalay Babacan (No10) of Turkey celebrates scoring during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Finland
    23 March 2017
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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.