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 second qualifying 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 match, can be found in the official competition regulations.
The UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship elite round begins on Monday with 24 teams competing for seven berths in the final tournament in the Czech Republic – and with Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland and Belgium making it a perfect ten appearances at this stage.
Elite round groups
Group 1 (27 March–1 April): Austria, Netherlands*, Slovenia, Switzerland
• Slovenia are in the elite round for the first time while Switzerland were overall runners-up in 2015.
Group 2 (20–25 March): Norway, Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina*, Wales
• Bosnia and Herzegovina are hosting the mini-tournament having reached the elite round for the first time. Norway made the semi-finals last season.
Group 3 (25–30 March): Germany (holders), Poland, England*, Italy
• Last term Germany won the competition for the fifth time in its nine editions, beating England in the semi-finals as well as holding Italy 0-0 in the group stage to ultimately pip them to the last four. Poland, in 2013, were the only nation other than Germany and Spain to lift the trophy.
Group 4 (13–18 March): Republic of Ireland, Hungary, Scotland, Serbia*
• Serbia made their finals debut last year while Hungary are attempting to earn one this time around. Ireland were 2010 runners-up.
Group 5 (24–29 March): France*, Greece, Belgium, Russia
• France have qualified six times, finishing second on three occasions and third twice. Belgium are the only other side in this group to have participated in the finals, in 2013.
Group 6 (28 March–2 April): Spain, Sweden, Iceland, Portugal*
• Spain, who received a bye to this round, have claimed the title three times and taken part in the last three finals. Sweden have also been runners-up in the past.
Bye to finals: Czech Republic (hosts)
• The six group winners and the runner-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their pool qualify to join hosts the Czech Republic in the finals from 2 to 14 May. The draw is on 7 April in Pilsen.
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