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 will meet potential finals debutants Israel and Bosnia and Herzegovina after the UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round draw was set, with seven places in Georgia next July on offer.
The draw was made by Freddie Woodman, who received the 2015/16 Respect Fair Play trophy of behalf of England. Top seeds Spain are starting their bid in a group including England, who were beaten to the 2016 final by Italy. The Azzurri have been matched with Sweden, the Republic of Ireland and Belgium.
Elite round draw
Group 1 (23–28 March): Netherlands*, Greece, Ukraine, Finland
Group 2 (23–28 March): Germany*, Slovakia, Serbia, Cyprus
Group 3 (22–27 March): Spain, Norway, England*, Belarus
Group 4 (23–28 March): Croatia, Turkey, Poland, Portugal*
Group 5 (22–27 March): Israel, France* (holders), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria
Group 6 (22–27 March): Austria, Czech Republic*, Hungary, Scotland
Group 7 (23–28 March): Sweden, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Belgium*
• The seven group winners will join hosts Georgia in the finals from 2 to 15 July.
• Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Finland, Israel and Sweden are aiming to reach the U19 final tournament for the first time.
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