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 2017/18 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying round draw has been made, starting the road to the finals in Finland, with Kosovo involved for the first time.
The draw was made by Freddie Woodman, who received the 2015/16 Respect Fair Play trophy on behalf of England.
Qualifying round draw
Group 1 (8–14 November): Croatia*, Denmark, Latvia, San Marino
Group 2 (4–10 October): Germany, Poland*, Northern Ireland, Belarus
Group 3 (8–14 November): Czech Republic, Scotland, Luxembourg*, Armenia
Group 4 (4–10 October): Netherlands*, Slovenia, Hungary, Malta
Group 5 (8–14 November): Belgium, Switzerland, FYR Macedonia*, Liechtenstein
Group 6 (3–9 October): Austria*, Israel, Lithuania, Kosovo
Group 7 (4–10 October): Serbia, Republic of Ireland*, Azerbaijan, Cyprus
Group 8 (8–14 November): England, Bulgaria*, Iceland, Faroe Islands
Group 9 (4–10 October): Italy, Sweden*, Estonia, Moldova
Group 10 (8–14 November): Russia, Greece*, Romania, Gibraltar
Group 11 (8–14 November): France, Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina*, Andorra
Group 12 (4–10 October): Ukraine, Montenegro, Norway, Albania*
Group 13 (7–13 November): Turkey*, Slovakia, Wales, Kazakhstan
Bye to elite round: Spain, Portugal
Bye to final tournament: Finland (hosts)
• The top two in each group will join Spain and Portugal in the elite round in spring 2018.
• In that round, the seven group winners will join Finland in that July's finals. The competition will also act as Europe's qualifier for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
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