Elite round draw
Group 1 (21-26 March): Croatia*, Belgium, Spain, France
Group 2 (25-30 March): Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Georgia, Austria*
Group 3 (26-31 March): Hungary*, Sweden, Finland, Belarus
Group 4 (26-31 March): Germany*, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Estonia
Group 5 (22-27 March): Czech Republic, Switzerland*, Israel, Poland
Group 6 (23-28 March): England*, Slovenia, Portugal, Russia
Group 7 (21-26 March): Norway, Netherlands (holders)*, Italy, Northern Ireland
11.00CET, 5 December, Nyon
Following the qualifying round, 28 teams will compete in the second stage next spring. They will be split into four seeding pots according to their coefficient.
In the draw seven groups will be formed, each containing one team from the four seeding pots, though no nation may meet opponents they played in the qualifying round. The mini-tournament hosts will then be selected; only the group winners will progress to join hosts Slovakia in the finals from 5 to 17 May. The top six teams in the tournament will progress to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from 17 October and 8 November.
Pot A: Germany, Serbia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, England, Norway
Pot B: Ukraine, Switzerland, Sweden, Republic of Ireland, Netherlands (holders), Slovenia, Belgium
Pot C: Israel, Italy, Georgia, Bulgaria, Portugal, Spain, Finland
Pot D: Russia, Poland, Belarus, Austria, Northern Ireland, France, Estonia
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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.