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.
In the elite round, played in the spring, those 26 qualifiers join the top two seeds, 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.
Holders France are among the eight teams in Pot B after the seedings were confirmed for the UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round draw at 11:00CET on 13 December.
• There are four seeding pots in accordance with the coefficient ranking list, with the seven countries with the highest coefficients in Pot A – including Spain, who received a bye through the qualifying round – the next seven in Pot B, and so on.
Pot A: Spain, Germany, Croatia, Israel, Austria, Sweden, Netherlands
Pot B: Slovakia, France (holders), Turkey, Italy, Norway, Greece, Czech Republic
Pot C: Hungary, Poland, England, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Ireland, Serbia
Pot D: Bulgaria, Scotland, Cyprus, Finland, Belgium, Portugal, Belarus
• No group winners from the qualifying round can play the runners-up from the same section. There is no such protection for the best third-placed team, Belarus.
• Each group will comprise one side from each pot, with the hosts then appointed to hold the mini-tournaments, which must be completed by 28 May.
• The seven group winners will join hosts Georgia in the finals from 2 to 15 July.
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