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.
• The home of MFK Dubnica will stage three group games in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship.
• The sports complex to which the stadium belongs was built in 1942 by the local Skoda plant. It is also used for athletics.
• The ground hosted a UEFA EURO 2000 qualifier between Slovakia and Liechtenstein and has also held women's and youth internationals.
• Dubnica, founded in 1926, came to prominence when reaching the Czechoslovak top flight in 1977, remaining for a decade. In 1996 they made the Slovak First League but were a yo-yo club until 2005 when Dubnica finished fourth and earned a European debut in the UEFA Intertoto Cup – only pipped to the UEFA Cup by Newcastle United FC.
• Dubnica nad Vahom, so called because of its location by the Vah river, is home to 25,000 people. It was the setting for a large munitions factory in Czechoslovakian days.
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