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  • Christ-Emmanuel Maouassa & Ludovic Blas (France)
    Christ-Emmanuel Maouassa & Ludovic Blas (France)
    Christ-Emmanuel Maouassa (L) and Ludovic Blas of France celebrate their team's victory following their UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final match against Italy
    24 July 2016
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  • Clément Michelin & Lucas Tousart (France)
    Clément Michelin & Lucas Tousart (France)
    Clément Michelin (L) and captain Lucas Tousart of France celebrate their team's victory following their UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final match against Italy
    24 July 2016
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  • Alex Meret (Italy)
    Alex Meret (Italy)
    Alex Meret (L) of Italy congratulates Kylian Mbappe (R) of France following their victory during UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final match
    24 July 2016
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  • Nicolò Barella (Italy)
    Nicolò Barella (Italy)
    Nicolò Barella of Italy hangs his head following his team's loss during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final match against France
    24 July 2016
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  • Davide Vitturini (Italy)
    Davide Vitturini (Italy)
    Davide Vitturini of Italy walks past the winners arch following his team's defeat during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final match against France
    24 July 2016
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  • Ludovic Blas (France)
    Ludovic Blas (France)
    Ludovic Blas of France celebrates his team's victory by kissing the trophy following their UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final match against Italy
    24 July 2016
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  • Mauro Coppolaro (Italy)
    Mauro Coppolaro (Italy)
    Mauro Coppolaro of Italy reacts following his team's defeat during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final match against France
    24 July 2016
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  • Ludovic Blas (France)
    Ludovic Blas (France)
    Kylian Mbappe (L) and Ludovic Blas of France celebrates thier team's victory during UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final match against Italy
    24 July 2016
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  • France v Italy - UEFA European Under-19 Championship 2016 Final
    France v Italy - UEFA European Under-19 Championship 2016 Final
    France players celebrate their team's victory following their UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final match against Italy
    24 July 2016
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  • France v Italy - UEFA European Under-19 Championship 2016 Final
    France v Italy - UEFA European Under-19 Championship 2016 Final
    France players celebrate their team's victory following their UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final match against Italy
    24 July 2016
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  • France v Italy - UEFA European Under-19 Championship 2016 Final
    France v Italy - UEFA European Under-19 Championship 2016 Final
    France players celebrate their team's victory following their UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final match against Italy
    24 July 2016
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  • France v Italy - UEFA European Under-19 Championship 2016 Final
    France v Italy - UEFA European Under-19 Championship 2016 Final
    France players celebrate their team's victory following their UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final match against Italy
    24 July 2016
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  • Jérôme Onguene (France)
    Jérôme Onguene (France)
    Jérôme Onguene of France celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final match
    24 July 2016
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  • Ludovic Blas & Amine Harit (France)
    Ludovic Blas & Amine Harit (France)
    Captain of France Lucas Tousart (L) celebrates with teammates Amine Harit (C) and Ludovic Blas after scoring his team's third goal during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final match against Italy
    24 July 2016
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  • Davide Vitturini (Italy)
    Davide Vitturini (Italy)
    Kylian Mbappe (R) of France and Davide Vitturini of Italy during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final match
    24 July 2016
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  • Amine Harit & Lucas Tousart (France)
    Amine Harit & Lucas Tousart (France)
    Captain of France Lucas Tousart (L) celebrates with teammate Amine Harit after scoring his team's third goal during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final match against Italy
    24 July 2016
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  • Amine Harit & Lucas Tousart (France)
    Amine Harit & Lucas Tousart (France)
    Captain of France Lucas Tousart (L) celebrates with teammate Amine Harit after scoring his team's third goal during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final match against Italy
    24 July 2016
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  • Ludovic Batelli (France)
    Ludovic Batelli (France)
    Manager of France Ludovic Batelli during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final match
    24 July 2016
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  • Kylian Mbappe (France)
    Kylian Mbappe (France)
    Kylian Mbappe of France during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final match against Italy
    24 July 2016
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  • Lucas Tousart (France)
    Lucas Tousart (France)
    Captain of France Lucas Tousart during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final match against Italy
    24 July 2016
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  • Issa Diop & Lucas Tousart (France)
    Issa Diop & Lucas Tousart (France)
    Captain of France Lucas Tousart (L) and teammate Issa Diop during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final match against Italy
    24 July 2016
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  • Ludovic Blas (France)
    Ludovic Blas (France)
    Ludovic Blas (R) of France tales a shot from distance during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final match against Italy
    24 July 2016
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  • Davide Vitturini (Italy) & Aliyar Aghayev ()
    Davide Vitturini (Italy) & Aliyar Aghayev ()
    Referee Aliyar Aghayev (L) shows a yellow card to Davide Vitturini (R) of Italy during the UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final match
    24 July 2016
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  • Denis Will Poha (France) & Alberto Picchi (Italy)
    Denis Will Poha (France) & Alberto Picchi (Italy)
    Denis Will Poha (L) of France and Alberto Picchi of Italy during their UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final match
    24 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.