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 ViOn Zlaté Moravce will stage three group games in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship.
• ViOn were founded in 1995 by Viliam Ondrejka, whose construction company developed the sports complex to be used for these finals, which was last renovated in 2010.
• The club started out in regional football before reaching the second division in 2004. Top-flight entry followed three years later, when they won the Slovak Cup and earned a European debut in the UEFA Cup – beating FC Alma-Ata but then losing to FC Zenit St Petersburg.
• The stadium hosted the Slovakian senior team's 2-1 friendly loss to Iceland on 25 March 2008.
• Zlate Moravce is a town of 15,000 people in the Nitra region of south-west Slovakia dating back to the 12th century.
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