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  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship trophy
    UEFA European Under-19 Championship trophy
    The trophy seen during the UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw
    12 April 2016
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  • Sándor Csányi (UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw)
    Sándor Csányi (UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw)
    Sándor Csányi speaks during the UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw
    12 April 2016
    ©Getty Images
  • Sándor Csányi (UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw)
    Sándor Csányi (UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw)
    Sándor Csányi speaks during the UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw
    12 April 2016
    ©Getty Images
  • Rainer Koch (UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw)
    Rainer Koch (UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw)
    Rainer Koch speaks during the UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw
    12 April 2016
    ©Getty Images
  • Rainer Koch (UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw)
    Rainer Koch (UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw)
    Rainer Koch speaks during the UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw
    12 April 2016
    ©Getty Images
  • Sándor Csányi (UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw)
    Sándor Csányi (UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw)
    Sándor Csányi shows the name of Italy during the UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw
    12 April 2016
    ©Getty Images
  • Sándor Csányi (UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw)
    Sándor Csányi (UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw)
    Sándor Csányi shows the name of Netherlands during the UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw
    12 April 2016
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  • Horst Hrubesch (Germany)
    Horst Hrubesch (Germany)
    Horst Hrubesch (C) of Germany during the UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw
    12 April 2016
    ©Getty Images
  • Group B coaches (UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw)
    Group B coaches (UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw)
    The Group A coaches with the trophy after the UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw
    12 April 2016
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  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw
    UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw
    The monitor displaying the teams in each group after the UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw
    12 April 2016
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  • Horst Hrubesch (Germany)
    Horst Hrubesch (Germany)
    Horst Hrubesch (C) of Germany during the UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw
    12 April 2016
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  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw
    UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw
    General view of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw
    12 April 2016
    ©Getty Images
  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw
    UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw
    General view of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw
    12 April 2016
    ©Getty Images
  • Group A coaches (UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw)
    Group A coaches (UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw)
    The Group A coaches with the trophy after the UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals draw
    12 April 2016
    ©Getty Images
  • Austria celebrate
    Austria celebrate
    Austria celebrate their elite-round victory against the Czech Republic
    30 March 2016
    ©Boris Pruntsch
  • England lineup
    England lineup
    England line up before their elite-round win against Spain
    29 March 2016
    ©RFEF
  • Isaiah Brown & Joshua Onomah (England) & Cristian Rivera (Spain)
    Isaiah Brown & Joshua Onomah (England) & Cristian Rivera (Spain)
    Action from England's 2-0 elite round defeat of Spain
    29 March 2016
    ©RFEF
  • Team (Serbia)
    Team (Serbia)
    Serbia ahead of their 1-0 defeat against France in UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying
    29 March 2016
    ©Igor Lazervić
  • Lyanco Vojnović (Serbia)
    Lyanco Vojnović (Serbia)
    Lyanco Vojnović in action in Serbia's 1-0 defeat against France in UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying
    29 March 2016
    ©Igor Lazervić
  • Jean-Kévin Augustin (France)
    Jean-Kévin Augustin (France)
    Jean-Kévin Augustin in action in France's 1-0 win against Serbia in UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying
    29 March 2016
    ©Igor Lazervić
  • Julian Lelieveld (Netherlands)
    Julian Lelieveld (Netherlands)
    Netherlands' Julian Lelieveld (No5) celebrates the only goal in their elite-round victory against Northern Ireland
    27 March 2016
    ©David Catry
  • Jordan Thompson (Northern Ireland) & Sam Lammers (Netherlands)
    Jordan Thompson (Northern Ireland) & Sam Lammers (Netherlands)
    Jordan Thompson of Northern Ireland with Sam Lammers of the Netherlands in their elite-round match
    27 March 2016
    ©David Catry
  • Volodymyr Shepeliev (Ukraine) & Jakub Piotrowski (Poland)
    Volodymyr Shepeliev (Ukraine) & Jakub Piotrowski (Poland)
    Elite round action
    26 March 2016
    ©David Catry
  • Montenegro v Serbia
    Montenegro v Serbia
    Action from the elite round
    26 March 2016
    ©Simo Marić

Road to the final

The UEFA European Under-19 Championship consists of three distinct stages: the qualifying round, the elite round and the final tournament.

Qualifying round
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.

Elite round
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.

Final tournament

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.