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.
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.
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.
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 representatives wishing to attend the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final tournament should apply for accreditation through the Football Association of Slovenia (NZS) via email to email@example.com or via the website eurou17.nzs.si/u17/aktualno/press-akdreditacija (English: eurou17.nzs.si/u17/aktualno/press-accreditation). The deadline is 30 April.
Pre-tournament press conferences featuring the four coaches from each groups will be held at 13.00 on 3 May at the following locations:
Group A (FRA, ISL, GEO, GER)
Austria Trend Hotel
Dunajska cesta 154
+386 1 588 25 00
Group B (SVN, NED, POL, BEL)
Pohorska ulica 59
+386 2 300 81 00
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