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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.

 

Media information

Media representatives should apply for accreditation through the Slovak Football Association.

Accreditation
All media should accredit themselves through the Slovak Football Association (SFZ) by sending an email to accreditation@futbalsfz.sk or via the website www.futbalsfz.sk/accreditation.

For further information, please contact UEFA Media Services by email at media@uefa.ch or by phone on +41 848 04 27 27.

Press conferences
Details of pre-tournament press conferences will appear here.

Last updated: 25/03/13 19.08CET

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