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Malta 2014

Malta stages the UEFA European Under-17 Championship from 9 to 21 May 2014.
Malta 2014
Sergio Soldano instructs the squad that will represent Malta in May ©Domenic Aquilina

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.

 

Malta 2014

Malta stages the UEFA European Under-17 Championship from 9 to 21 May 2014.

Malta stages the UEFA European Under-17 Championship from 9 to 21 May 2014. They will be joined by elite round group winners the Netherlands, Scotland, Turkey, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany and England in the last eight-team final tournament before the expansion to 16 for Bulgaria 2015.

Not only will it be Malta's debut hosting a UEFA final tournament, their team will be the first to represent their nation in any UEFA final tournament.

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