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  • Davor Šuker
    Davor Šuker
    Davor Šuker, president of the Croatian Football Federation, at the UEFA European Under-17 Championship draw
    03 April 2017
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  • UEFA European Under-17 Championship draw results
    UEFA European Under-17 Championship draw results
    The results on display after the UEFA European Under-17 Championship draw in Zagreb
    03 April 2017
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  • UEFA European Under-17 Championship draw
    UEFA European Under-17 Championship draw
    The stage ahead of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship draw in Zagreb
    03 April 2017
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  • Lance Kelly, Niko Kranjčar & Martin Novoselac
    Lance Kelly, Niko Kranjčar & Martin Novoselac
    UEFA head of national team competitions Lance Kelly with former Croatia players Niko Kranjčar and Martin Novoselac during the UEFA European Under-17 Championship draw in Zagreb
    03 April 2017
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  • France celebrate
    France celebrate
    France celebrate after their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Sweden
    28 March 2017
    ©Boris Pruntsch
  • Berkehan Biçer (Turkey) & Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Berkehan Biçer (Turkey) & Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Berkehan Biçer of Turkey in action with Jann-Fiete Arp (R) of Germany during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against
    28 March 2017
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  • Umut Güneş (Turkey) & Nicolas-Gerrit Kuehn (Germany)
    Umut Güneş (Turkey) & Nicolas-Gerrit Kuehn (Germany)
    Umut Güneş of Turkey in action with Nicolas-Gerrit Kuehn (R) of Germany during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against
    28 March 2017
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  • Nicolas-Gerrit Kuehn (Germany)
    Nicolas-Gerrit Kuehn (Germany)
    Nicolas-Gerrit Kuehn of Germany in action with during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Turkey
    28 March 2017
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  • Robin Kehr (Turkey) & Berk Cetin (Germany)
    Robin Kehr (Turkey) & Berk Cetin (Germany)
    Robin Kehr of Turkey in action with Berk Cetin (C) of Germany during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against
    28 March 2017
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  • Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Jann-Fiete Arp (R) of Germany celebrates with team-mates after scoring their second goal during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Turkey
    28 March 2017
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  • Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Jann-Fiete Arp (R) of Germany celebrates with team-mates after scoring their second goal during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Turkey
    28 March 2017
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  • Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Jann-Fiete Arp (C) of Germany celebrates with team-mates after scoring the opening goal during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Turkey
    28 March 2017
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  • Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Jann-Fiete Arp (No9) of Germany celebrates with team-mates after scoring the opening goal during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Turkey
    28 March 2017
    ©Getty Images
  • Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Jann-Fiete Arp of Germany celebrates after scoring the opening goal during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Turkey
    28 March 2017
    ©Getty Images
  • Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Jann-Fiete Arp (C) of Germany celebrates with team-mates after scoring the opening goal during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Turkey
    28 March 2017
    ©Getty Images
  • Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Jann-Fiete Arp of Germany celebrates after scoring the opening goal during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Turkey
    28 March 2017
    ©Getty Images
  • Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Jann-Fiete Arp of Germany celebrates after scoring the opening goal during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Turkey
    28 March 2017
    ©Getty Images
  • Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany)
    Jann-Fiete Arp of Germany celebrates after scoring the opening goal during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Turkey
    28 March 2017
    ©Getty Images
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrate
    Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrate
    Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrate during the UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against the Czech Republic
    27 March 2017
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  • Dominik Szoboszlai (Hungary)
    Dominik Szoboszlai (Hungary)
    Dominik Szoboszlai (No6) celebrates scoring during the UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Norway
    27 March 2017
    ©mlsz.hu
  • Norbert Szendrei, Dominik Szoboszlai & Attila Mocsi (Hungary)
    Norbert Szendrei, Dominik Szoboszlai & Attila Mocsi (Hungary)
    Norbert Szendrei (No9), Dominik Szoboszlai (No6) and Attila Mocsi of Hungary celebrate after the UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Norway
    27 March 2017
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  • Turkey celebrate
    Turkey celebrate
    Turkey celebrate scoring during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Armenia
    27 March 2017
    ©TFF
  • Mads Christiansen (Norway)
    Mads Christiansen (Norway)
    Norway goalkeeper Mads Christiansen during the UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Hungary
    27 March 2017
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  • Atalay Babacan & Ramazan Civelek (Turkey)
    Atalay Babacan & Ramazan Civelek (Turkey)
    Atalay Babacan (No10) celebrates scoring with Ramazan Civelek (No2) during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round match against Armenia
    27 March 2017
    ©TFF

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.