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.
Seven places in this summer's UEFA European Under-19 Championship will be decided over the next week, with 28 teams bidding to join hosts Georgia in the final tournament.
Holders France have home advantage in Group 5 – which also includes Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel and Bulgaria – while the nation they beat to claim their third U19 title in Germany last year, Italy, take on the Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Belgium in Group 7.
Group 1: Finland, Greece, Netherlands*, Ukraine (23–28 March)
Group 2: Cyprus, Germany*, Serbia, Slovakia (23–28 March)
Group 3: Belarus, England*, Norway, Spain (22–27 March)
Group 4: Croatia, Poland, Portugal*, Turkey (23–28 March)
Group 5: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, France (holders)*, Israel (22–27 March)
Group 6: Austria, Czech Republic*, Hungary, Scotland (22–27 March)
Group 7:Belgium*, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Sweden (23–28 March)
The seven group winners will join hosts Georgia in the finals from 2 to 15 July.
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