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 Gozo Stadium was built as the Silver Jubilee Stadium in the 1930s but was extensively renovated in the 1990s.
• The stadium stages matches in the island-wide Gozo Football League while Gozo FC played in the 1999/2000 Maltese Premier League, though the club no longer competes in top-level men's football.
• Malta have played competitive women's and youth internationals at the stadium, which also staged UEFA Regions' Cup qualifiers in October 2012.
• The island of Gozo is just north-west of Malta itself, famed for its scenery and its churches. It is connected to the mainland by ferry. Around 30,000 people live there including 6,000 in the main city of Victoria. The stadium is in Xewkija.
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