The UEFA European Under-19 Championship consists of three distinct stages: the qualifying round, the elite round and the final tournament.
The qualifying round, played in autumn, is made up of 13 groups of four teams playing in one-venue mini-tournaments. The top two from each progress alongside the third-placed team with the best record against the top pair in their group.
In the elite round, played in the spring, those 27 qualifiers join the top seed, given a bye, in seven mini-tournament groups of four. The group winners then join the hosts in the finals.
The seven qualifiers plus the hosts are split into two groups of four who play each other once, with the top two progressing to the semi-finals. The winners of those ties contest the final.
Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, or after extra time in a match, can be found in the official competition regulations.
The match schedule for the UEFA European Under-19 Championship, to be played in Germany this summer, has been announced, with 16 games spread across nine venues.
The tournament – the 15th edition of the U19 finals since the switch from the U18 ahead of the 2001/02 campaign – will kick off at the Arena Stuttgart, home of Bundesliga side Stuttgart, at 12.00CET on Monday 11 July with the hosts taking on Italy.
The Arena Grossaspach in Grossaspach, Stuttgart's Stadion auf der Waldau and the Stadion an der Kreuzeiche, Reutlingen will stage the other five Group A games; Group B will take place at the Arena Heidenheim in Heidenheim, Aalen's Arena Aalen and the Donaustadion in Ulm.
The semi-finals and the FIFA U-20 World Cup play-off will take place on Thursday 21 July at the Carl-Benz Stadion, Mannheim – home of Waldhof Mannheim – and the Hardtwaldstadion in Sandhausen.
The final is at the Arena Sinsheim in Sinsheim, the usual home of Bundesliga side 1899 Hoffenheim, on Sunday 24 July, kicking off at 20.30CET.
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