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Elite round

The 28 teams are drawn into seven groups

Elite round

The 28 teams are drawn into seven groups

Group 1 (26-31 March): Spain, Switzerland, Russia* (holders), Wales

Group 2 (25-30 March): Poland, Turkey, Greece*, Norway

Group 3 (20-25 March): Netherlands*, France, Austria, Sweden

Group 4 (26-31 March): England, Italy, Czech Republic*, Albania

Group 5 (26-31 March): Germany, Serbia*, Georgia, Republic of Ireland

Group 6 (24-29 March): Romania, Scotland*, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Group 7 (26-31 March): Portugal*, Iceland, Latvia, Ukraine


11.30CET, 28 November, 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 Malta in the finals next May.

Elite round draw seedings

Pot A: Germany, England, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Romania

Pot B: Serbia, Switzerland, France, Italy, Iceland, Scotland, Turkey

Pot C: Greece, Belgium, Georgia, Czech Republic, Latvia, Russia (holders), Austria

Pot D: Republic of Ireland, Wales, Norway, Sweden, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Ukraine

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 four 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 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.

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.