The UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship consists of three distinct stages: two qualifying rounds and an eight-team final tournament.
The competition begins with one-venue four-team mini-tournaments, although the nations with the highest UEFA coefficient may be given byes to the elite round. The winners and runners-up of the groups go through along with the required number of third-placed teams with the best record against the first and second-placed teams, to ensure there are 24 sides in the next phase.
The 24 teams are drawn into six groups of four teams. The groups are played as one-venue mini-tournaments with the winners and the runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their section progressing to the finals to join the hosts.
The eight teams are split into two groups of four. The top two in each group go through to the knockout phase, beginning in the semi-finals.
Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, or after 80 minutes in a knockout match, can be found in the official competition regulations.
England's Alessia Russo and Spain's Lorena Navarro have finished as joint-top scorers at the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship finals in Belarus with five goals each.
2016 finals top scorers
Alessia Russo (England) 5
Lorena Navarro (Spain) 5
Niamh Charles (England) 4
Vanessa Ziegler (Germany) 4
For the season as a whole, Navarro and Russo were also level at the head of the standings.
2015/16 season top scorers
Lorena Navarro (Spain) 14
Alessia Russo (England) 14
Geogia Stanway (England) 11
Niamh Charles (England) 10
Past finals top scorers
2014/15: Stefanie Sanders (Germany) 6
2013/14: Andrea Sánchez (Spain), Jasmin Sehan (Germany) 4
2012/13: Nahikari García (Spain) 2
2011/12: Pauline Bremer (Germany), Kadidiatou Diani (France) 2
2010/11: Annabel Jäger (Germany), Lena Magull (Germany) 4
2009/10: Paloma Lázaro, Raquel Pinel, Amanda Sampedro (Spain); Megan Campbell (Republic of Ireland); Silvana Chojnowski, Melanie Leupolz, Lena Petermann (Germany) 1
2008/09: Kyra Malinowski (Germany) 8
2007/08: Dzsenifer Marozsan (Germany) 2
Past season top scorers
2014/15: Signe Bruun (Denmark), Stefanie Sanders (Germany) 10
2013/14: Karolína Křivská (Czech Republic) 9
2012/13: Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands) 18
2011/12: Marija Banušić (Sweden) 11
2010/11: Aldís Kara Lúdvíksdóttir (Iceland) 12
2009/10: Elin Rubensson (Sweden) 9
2008/09: Kyra Malinowski (Germany), Anaïs Ribeyra (France) 12
2007/08: Alexandra Popp (Germany) 11
All-time goals (final tournaments)
Kyra Malinowski (Germany) 8
Lorena Navarro (Spain) 6
Stefanie Sanders (Germany) 6
All-time goals (including qualifying)
Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands) 20
Georgia Stanway (England) 18
Nicole Billa (Austria) 16
Signe Bruun (Denmark) 16
Kyra Malinowski (Germany) 15
Lorena Navarro (Spain) 15
Elin Rubensson (Sweden) 15
Jasmin Sehan (Germany) 15
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