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  • Benjamin Henrichs (Germany)
    Benjamin Henrichs (Germany)
    Benjamin Henrichs of Germany reacts during the penalty shoot-out during their FIFA Under-20 World Cup play-off match against Netherlands
    21 July 2016
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  • Benjamin Henrichs (Germany)
    Benjamin Henrichs (Germany)
    Benjamin Henrichs of Germany celebrates after scoring his team's winning penalty during their FIFA Under-20 World Cup play-off match against Netherlands
    21 July 2016
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  • Benedikt Gimber (Germany)
    Benedikt Gimber (Germany)
    Captain of Germany Benedikt Gimber scores a penalty during the penalty shoot-out during their FIFA Under-20 World Cup play-off match against Netherlands
    21 July 2016
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  • Benjamin Henrichs (Germany)
    Benjamin Henrichs (Germany)
    Benjamin Henrichs of Germany celebrates after scoring his team's winning penalty during their FIFA Under-20 World Cup play-off match against Netherlands
    21 July 2016
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  • Marvin Mehlem (Germany)
    Marvin Mehlem (Germany)
    Marvin Mehlem (L) of Germany celebrates with teammates following his team's victory during their FIFA Under-20 World Cup play-off match against Netherlands
    21 July 2016
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  • Florian Müller & Benjamin Henrichs (Germany)
    Florian Müller & Benjamin Henrichs (Germany)
    Benjamin Henrichs and Florian Müller of Germany celebrate thier team's penalty shoot-out victory during their FIFA Under-20 World Cup play-off match against Netherlands
    21 July 2016
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  • Carel Eiting (Netherlands)
    Carel Eiting (Netherlands)
    Carel Eiting of Netherlands reacts after his team conceed a late equaliser during their FIFA Under-20 World Cup play-off match agaist Germany
    21 July 2016
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  • Suat Serder (Germany) scores
    Suat Serder (Germany) scores
    Suat Serder of Germany scores his team's second goal during their FIFA Under-20 World Cup play-off match against Netherlands
    21 July 2016
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  • Benjamin Henrichs (Germany) & Abdelhak Nouri (Netherlands)
    Benjamin Henrichs (Germany) & Abdelhak Nouri (Netherlands)
    Benjamin Henrichs (L) of Germany and Abdelhak Nouri of Netherlands during their FIFA Under-20 World Cup play-off match
    21 July 2016
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  • Abdelhak Nouri (Netherlands)
    Abdelhak Nouri (Netherlands)
    Abdelhak Nouri (3R) of Netherlands celebrates scoring his team's opening goal during their FIFA Under-20 World Cup play-off match against Germany
    21 July 2016
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  • Max Besuschkow (Germany) & Jurich Carolina (Netherlands)
    Max Besuschkow (Germany) & Jurich Carolina (Netherlands)
    Max Besuschkow (L) of Germany and Jurich Carolina of Netherlands during their FIFA Under-20 World Cup play-off match
    21 July 2016
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  • Carel Eiting (Netherlands)
    Carel Eiting (Netherlands)
    Philipp Ochs (L) of Germany and Carel Eiting of Netherlands during their FIFA Under-20 World Cup play-off match
    21 July 2016
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  • Phillipp Ochs (Germany)
    Phillipp Ochs (Germany)
    Phillipp Ochs of Germany is mobbed after scoring during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship play-off against the Netherlands
    21 July 2016
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  • Amine Harit (France)
    Amine Harit (France)
    Amine Harit (R) of France celebrates their team's victory following their UEFA European Under-19 Championship semi final match against Portugal
    21 July 2016
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  • Kylian Mbappé (France)
    Kylian Mbappé (France)
    Kylian Mbappé of France celebrates his team's victory following during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship semi final match againt Portugal
    21 July 2016
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  • Jean-Kévin Augustin (France)
    Jean-Kévin Augustin (France)
    Jean-Kévin Augustin of France celebrates his team's victory following their UEFA European Under-19 Championship semi final match againt Portugal
    21 July 2016
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  • Olivier Boscagli (France) & Gonçalo Rodrigues (Portugal)
    Olivier Boscagli (France) & Gonçalo Rodrigues (Portugal)
    Olivier Boscagli (R) of France and Gonçalo Rodrigues (L) of Portugal during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship semi final match
    21 July 2016
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  • Kylian Mbappé (France)
    Kylian Mbappé (France)
    Kylian Mbappé (R) of France celebrates scoring his team's third goal during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship semi final match against Portugal
    21 July 2016
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  • Kylian Mbappé (France)
    Kylian Mbappé (France)
    Kylian Mbappé of France celebrates scoring his team's third goal during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship semi final match against Portugal
    21 July 2016
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  • Pedro Delgado (Portugal)
    Pedro Delgado (Portugal)
    Pedro Delgado of Portugal reacts after missing a chance during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship semi final match
    21 July 2016
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  • Kylian Mbappé (France)
    Kylian Mbappé (France)
    Kylian Mbappé (R) of France celebrates scoring his team's third goal during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship semi final match against Portugal
    21 July 2016
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  • Ludovic Blas & Amine Harit (France)
    Ludovic Blas & Amine Harit (France)
    Ludovic Blas (L) of France celebrates with teammates Kylian Mbappe (C) and Amine Harit scoring his team's opening goal during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship semi final match against Portugal
    21 July 2016
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  • Ludovic Blas (France)
    Ludovic Blas (France)
    Ludovic Blas of France celebrates scoring his team's opening goal during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship semi final match against Portugal
    21 July 2016
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  • Davide Vitturini & Alberto Picchi (Italy)
    Davide Vitturini & Alberto Picchi (Italy)
    Filippo Romanga (L), Alberto Picchi (C) and Davide Vitturini of Italy celebrate their team's victory following their UEFA European Under-19 Championship semi final match against England
    21 July 2016
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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.