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Match officials

The match official team will consist of six referees and eight assistants new to the FIFA list, and two experienced fourth officials from the host nation.
Match officials
Referee Harald Lechner at the 2011 UEFA Regions' Cup ©Getty Images

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.

 

Match officials

The match official team will consist of six referees and eight assistants new to the FIFA list, and two experienced fourth officials from the host nation.

Referees
Emir Alečković (BIH) 14/08/1979
Marius Avram (ROU) 09/08/1979
Mattias Gestranius (FIN)  07/06/1978
Ivan Kruzliak (SVK) 24/03/1984
Harald Lechner (AUT) 30/07/1982
Alan Mario Sant (MLT) 16/08/1980

Assistant referees
Milutin Djukić (MNE) 23/07/1979
Mark Gavin (IRL) 23/09/1979
Serkan Gençeler (TUR) 06/09/1978
Haralds Gudermanis (LVA) 14/10/1979
Mubariz Hashimov (AZE) 19/02/1981
Borut Križarić (CRO) 05/08/1979
Leif Opland (NOR)  17/05/1980
Jean-Yves Wicht (SUI) 17/01/1980

Fourth officials
Dejan Balažič (SVN) 23/09/1980
Mitja Žganec (SVN) 26/02/1983

Last updated: 11/04/12 16.04CET

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