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  • Diogo Queirós (Portugal)
    Diogo Queirós (Portugal)
    Diogo Queirós kisses the trophy following Portugal's UEFA European Under-17 Championship final victory against Spain
    21 May 2016
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  • José Gomes (Portugal)
    José Gomes (Portugal)
    José Gomes of Portugal lifts both the top scorer and championship trophies after their win against Spain in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2016 final
    21 May 2016
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  • Hélio Sousa (Portugal)
    Hélio Sousa (Portugal)
    Hélio Sousa is lifted by his players after Portugal's UEFA European Under-17 Championship final triumph over Spain
    21 May 2016
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  • Portugal celebrate
    Portugal celebrate
    Portugal captain Diogo Dalot raises the trophy after victory against Spain in the final of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship
    21 May 2016
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  • Portugal celebrate
    Portugal celebrate
    Portugal celebrate their UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2016 triumph
    21 May 2016
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  • João Filipe (Portugal) & Manu Morlanes (Spain)
    João Filipe (Portugal) & Manu Morlanes (Spain)
    João Filipe of Portugal and Manu Morlanes of Spain during the UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2016 final
    21 May 2016
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  • Brahim Díaz (Spain)
    Brahim Díaz (Spain)
    Spain players celebrate after Brahim Díaz's goal during the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final against Portugal
    21 May 2016
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  • Quina (Portugal) & Alejandro Robles (Spain)
    Quina (Portugal) & Alejandro Robles (Spain)
    Quina of Portugal and Alejandro Robles of Spain during the UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2016 final
    21 May 2016
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  • Diogo Dalot (Portugal)
    Diogo Dalot (Portugal)
    Diogo Dalot of Portugal celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2016 final against Spain
    21 May 2016
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  • Alejandro Robles (Spain) & João Filipe (Portugal)
    Alejandro Robles (Spain) & João Filipe (Portugal)
    Spain's Alejandro Robles and João Filipe of Portugal vie for possession during the UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2016 final
    21 May 2016
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  • The Spain players
    The Spain players
    The Spain players prior to their UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2016 final against Portugal
    21 May 2016
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  • Portugal v Spain - UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2016 FINAL
    Portugal v Spain - UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2016 FINAL
    The closing ceremony prior to the UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2016 final between Portugal and Spain
    21 May 2016
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  • Hélio Sousa (Portugal)
    Hélio Sousa (Portugal)
    Portugal coach Hélio Sousa arrives prior to the UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2016 final against Spain
    21 May 2016
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  • José Gomes (Portugal)
    José Gomes (Portugal)
    Portugal forward José Gomes relaxes in the stadium prior to the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final against Spain
    21 May 2016
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  • Manu Morlanes (Spain)
    Manu Morlanes (Spain)
    The jersey of Spain captain Manu Morlanes prior to the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final
    21 May 2016
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  • Manu Morlanes (Spain)
    Manu Morlanes (Spain)
    The game pennant hangs in the Spain dressing room prior to the UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2016 final against Portugal
    21 May 2016
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  • 8KM Stadium
    8KM Stadium
    A general view of the 8KM Stadium prior to the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final between Portugal and Spain
    21 May 2016
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  • Diogo Queirós (Portugal)
    Diogo Queirós (Portugal)
    The jersey, captain's band and game pennant hangs in the Portugal dressing room prior to the UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2016 final against Spain
    21 May 2016
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  • 8km Stadium
    8km Stadium
    A general view of 8km Stadium prior to the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final between Portugal and Spain
    21 May 2016
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  • Portugal dressing room
    Portugal dressing room
    Kit manager Joao Ramos prepares the Portugal dressing room prior to the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final
    21 May 2016
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  • UEFA European Under-17 Championships trophy
    UEFA European Under-17 Championships trophy
    The UEFA European Under-17 Championship trophy prior to the final between Portugal and Spain
    21 May 2016
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  • Manu Morlanes (Spain)
    Manu Morlanes (Spain)
    Spain captain Manu Morlanes during a press conference ahead of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final
    20 May 2016
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  • Hélio Sousa (Portugal) & Santi Denia (Spain)
    Hélio Sousa (Portugal) & Santi Denia (Spain)
    Portugal coach Hélio Sousa and Spain's Santi Denia during a press conference ahead of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final
    20 May 2016
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  • Diogo Queirós & Hélio Sousa (Portugal)
    Diogo Queirós & Hélio Sousa (Portugal)
    Portugal captain Diogo Queirós and coach Hélio Sousa during a press conference ahead of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final
    20 May 2016
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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.

 

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