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 four third-placed sides with the best record against the leading pair in their groups.
In the elite round, held in early spring, those 30 qualifiers plus the top two seeds – 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 FC Nitra will stage three group games in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship.
• Nitra have played at the stadium since their 1909 foundation. It is located next to the city park and the local ice hockey arena.
• The ground has hosted full internationals for both the former Czechoslovakia and the modern Slovakia.
• One of Slovakia's oldest clubs, Nitra had several spells in the old Czechoslovak top division and were the first side in that country to turn professional. They have twice competed in the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League.
• The city of Nitra is home to 85,000 people and is famous for St Emmeram's Cathedral and the castle which is the seat of the Bishop of Nitra.
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