The 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship comprises a qualifying group stage and play-off round to determine which seven teams join hosts Israel in the final tournament.
Qualifying group stage
Teams are split into ten groups – two of six teams and eight of five – and play each other on a home and away basis. The ten group winners and four runners-up with the best record against the teams first, third, fourth and fifth in their sections advance to the play-offs.
Play-off matches are played according to the knockout system, with each team playing each opponent home and away. The team which scores the greater aggregate of goals qualifies for the next round, with away goals, extra time and then penalties used to determine the winner in the event of a draw.
The final tournament comprises the seven play-off winners and Israel, who qualify automatically as hosts. The eight teams are split into two groups of four. Each team plays each other once in their group with the winners and runners-up advancing to the semi-finals where the winner of Group A plays the Group B runner-up and vice-versa. The winners advance to the final.
Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, can be found in the official competition regulations.
Scouts wishing to apply for tickets to attend matches at the 2013 UEFA UEFA European Under-21 Championship should follow the procedure below.
Available ticket contingent
A total of 80 complimentary category 1 tickets and 60 purchase category 1 tickets are reserved per match for match observers. The following rules will apply for the allocation of these tickets:
20 complimentary tickets
Reserved for member associations not participating in the final tournament.
30 complimentary tickets
Reserved for observers from a club whose players feature in the match in question, for example Arsenal FC requesting a ticket for the game between England (featuring two Arsenal players) and Italy for a club's observer
Remaining 30 complimentary tickets
UEFA use and/or first come, first served basis
60 category 1 purchase tickets (60 shekels)
First come, first served
There will be one complimentary ticket per person per matchday. If the same person would like to see a second match on the same day, the second tickets must be purchased.
Application and Deadline
All tickets must be requested by completing this questionnaire.
The following deadlines apply:
Applications will not be confirmed before the expiry of the above deadlines in order to retain total flexibility over the ticket allocation.
UEFA and the local organising committee will manage these requests and will send a confirmation or refusal message to the requester including the allocated ticket category (i.e. complimentary or purchase).
All the above tickets provide access to a seat in the main stand in an area marked and reserved for match observers.
Ticket collection procedures
Tickets will be available for collection at the stadium's main entrance ('Ticketing' counter) on matchday from two hours prior to kick-off.
Tickets will only be handed over to the requester upon presentation of a valid club/organisation ID and confirmation mail. Purchase tickets must be paid upon collection.
Tickets that have not been collected by 30 minutes before kick-off will be reallocated. Tickets which have not been collected will be recorded and the relevant requester be informed accordingly. Such 'no-shows' will have an impact on future requests.
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Complimentary tickets do not allow access to reserved tournament parking areas or VIP hospitality. Match sheets will be distributed to people sitting in the reserved area.
Any changes or adaptations to the above procedure will be communicated through UEFA.com.
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