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.
UEFA European Under-19 Championship holders France were among the 27 teams to make it through the qualifying round to join top seeds Spain in December's elite round draw, with Belarus ending as the best third-placed team.
The qualifiers (group winners listed first):
Group 1: Belgium, Finland
Group 2: Netherlands, Norway
Group 3: Israel, Scotland
Group 4: Germany, Republic of Ireland
Group 5: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Group 6: England, Greece
Group 7: Italy, Hungary
Group 8: Bulgaria, Portugal, Belarus*
Group 9: France (holders), Czech Republic
Group 10: Sweden, Serbia
Group 11: Slovakia, Poland
Group 12: Croatia, Cyprus
Group 13: Turkey, Ukraine
*Best third-placed team (results against top two in group only)
Ranking (group team: pts, goals F-A)
8 Belarus: 4, 2-1
6 Wales: 3, 3-4
1 Russia: 2, 3-3
7 Switzerland: 1, 2-3
9 Slovenia: 1, 2-3
4 Albania: 0, 2-4
3 Andorra: 0, 2-4
11 Northern Ireland: 0, 0-2
2 Romania: 0, 2-5
13 Iceland: 0, 1-4
5 Azerbaijan: 0, 2-6
10 Malta: 0, 0-5
12 Faroe Islands: 0, 0-6
Bye to elite round: Spain
Bye to finals: Georgia (hosts)
Qualifying round summary
Elite round draw (13 December, Nyon)
Dates for your diary
Elite round draw: 13 December, Nyon
Elite round: spring 2017
Final tourmament draw: tbc, Georgia
Final tournament: 2–15 July, Georgia
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