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  • Aleksa Terzić (Serbia), Tobias Warschewski & Felix Passlack (Germany)
    Aleksa Terzić (Serbia), Tobias Warschewski & Felix Passlack (Germany)
    Aleksa Terzić (C) of Serbia in action with Tobias Warschewski and Felix Passlack (R) of Germany during UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round match
    25 March 2017
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  • Salih Özcan & Dominik Franke (Germany), Sava Radić (Serbia)
    Salih Özcan & Dominik Franke (Germany), Sava Radić (Serbia)
    Sava Radić (R) of Serbia in action with Salih Özcan and Dominik Franke (C) of Germany during UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round match
    25 March 2017
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  • Damjan Gojkov (Serbia) & Dennis Geiger (Germany)
    Damjan Gojkov (Serbia) & Dennis Geiger (Germany)
    Damjan Gojkov of Serbia in action in action with Dennis Geiger (R) of Germany during UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round match
    25 March 2017
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  • Germany players celebrate
    Germany players celebrate
    Germany players celebrate their victory at the end of their UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round match against Serbia
    25 March 2017
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  • Aymen Barkok (Germany) & Damjan Gojkov (Serbia)
    Aymen Barkok (Germany) & Damjan Gojkov (Serbia)
    Aymen Barkok of Germany in action with Damjan Gojkov (C) of Serbia during UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round match
    25 March 2017
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  • Marko Ilić (Serbia) & Etienne Amenyido (Germany)
    Marko Ilić (Serbia) & Etienne Amenyido (Germany)
    Goalkeeper Marko Ilić of Serbia in action with Etienne Amenyido (R) of Germany during UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round match
    25 March 2017
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  • Igor Zlatanović (Serbia) & Dominik Franke (Germany)
    Igor Zlatanović (Serbia) & Dominik Franke (Germany)
    Igor Zlatanović of Serbia in action with Dominik Franke (R) of Germany during UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round match
    25 March 2017
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  • Etienne Amenyido (Germany) & Dominik Dinga (Serbia)
    Etienne Amenyido (Germany) & Dominik Dinga (Serbia)
    Etienne Amenyido of Germany in action with Dominik Dinga (R) of Serbia during UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round match
    25 March 2017
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  • Jonas Busam (Germany)
    Jonas Busam (Germany)
    Jonas Busam (L) of Germany scores their second goal during UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round match against Serbia
    25 March 2017
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  • Jonas Busam (Germany)
    Jonas Busam (Germany)
    Jonas Busam (R) of Germany celebrates after scoring their second goal during UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round match against Serbia
    25 March 2017
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  • Jonas Busam (Germany)
    Jonas Busam (Germany)
    Jonas Busam (R) of Germany celebrates after scoring their second goal during UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round match against Serbia
    25 March 2017
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  • Jonas Busam (Germany)
    Jonas Busam (Germany)
    Jonas Busam (L) of Germany celebrates with team-mates after scoring their second goal during UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round match against Serbia
    25 March 2017
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  • Jonas Busam (Germany)
    Jonas Busam (Germany)
    Jonas Busam (C) of Germany celebrates after scoring their second goal during UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round match against Serbia
    25 March 2017
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  • Aymen Barkok (Germany)
    Aymen Barkok (Germany)
    Aymen Barkok of Germany celebrates after scoring the opening goal during UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round match against Serbia
    25 March 2017
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  • Aymen Barkok (Germany)
    Aymen Barkok (Germany)
    Aymen Barkok (Top) of Germany celebrates with team-mates after scoring the opening goal during UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round match against Serbia
    25 March 2017
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  • Aymen Barkok (Germany)
    Aymen Barkok (Germany)
    Aymen Barkok (C) of Germany celebrates with team-mates after scoring the opening goal during UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round match against Serbia
    25 March 2017
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  • Aymen Barkok (Germany)
    Aymen Barkok (Germany)
    Aymen Barkok of Germany celebrates after scoring the opening goal during UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round match against Serbia
    25 March 2017
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  • Aymen Barkok (Germany)
    Aymen Barkok (Germany)
    Aymen Barkok (R) of Germany celebrates with team-mates after scoring the opening goal during UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round match against Serbia
    25 March 2017
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  • Aymen Barkok (Germany)
    Aymen Barkok (Germany)
    Aymen Barkok (C) of Germany celebrates with team-mates after scoring the opening goal during UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round match against Serbia
    25 March 2017
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  • Aymen Barkok (Germany)
    Aymen Barkok (Germany)
    Aymen Barkok (C) of Germany celebrates with team-mates after scoring the opening goal during UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round match against Serbia
    25 March 2017
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  • Christos Kallis (Cyprus) & Dominik Franke (Germany)
    Christos Kallis (Cyprus) & Dominik Franke (Germany)
    Christos Kallis of Cyprus in action with Dominik Franke (R) of Germany during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round match
    24 March 2017
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  • Sidney Friede (Germany)
    Sidney Friede (Germany)
    Sidney Friede of Germany in action during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round match against Cyprus
    24 March 2017
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  • Germany players celebrate
    Germany players celebrate
    Germany players celebrate during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round match against Cyprus
    24 March 2017
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  • Frank Kramer (Germany)
    Frank Kramer (Germany)
    Coach Frank Kramer of Germany gestures during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round match against Cyprus
    24 March 2017
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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.