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Final tournament

The final tournament draw featured eight teams, hosts Slovakia and the seven elite round winners, split into two groups of four.

Final tournament

The final tournament draw featured eight teams, hosts Slovakia and the seven elite round winners, split into two groups of four.

Group A: Slovakia (hosts), Austria, Switzerland, Sweden

Group B: Russia, Ukraine, Croatia, Italy

14.30 CET, 4 April, Congress Hotel Senec
The final tournament draw features eight teams, hosts Slovakia and the seven elite round winners. They will be split into two groups of four.

Qualifiers: Slovakia (hosts), Croatia (Group 1), Austria (Group 2), Sweden (Group 3), Ukraine (Group 4), Switzerland (Group 5), Russia (Group 6), Italy (Group 7)

In the draw, to be made by UEFA Youth and Amateur Football Committee chairman Jim Boyce and tournament ambassadors Ľubomir Moravčík and Viktor Pečovský, Slovakia will be placed as team one in Group A and the other seven nations will be picked out without further seeding. The order of the teams drawn will be B1, A2, B2, A3, B3, A4 and B4. Group A will be played in Zilina and Dubnica nad Vahom, with Group B in Nitra and Zlate Marovce.

The group stage games will be disputed on 5, 8 and 11 May, with the top two from each section advancing to the semi-finals on 14 May in Zilina, where the decider will also be held three days later. The top three teams in each pool will also advance to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from 17 October to 8 November.

http://www.uefa.com/under17/draws/index.html#final+tournament

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.