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.
The line-up for the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship finals in the Czech Republic is complete, with the draw set to take place at 10:00CET on Friday 7 April. It will be held at the Park Hotel in Pilsen, the same city that will stage the final.
Group winners: England, France, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Spain
Best runners-up: Germany
Hosts: Czech Republic
• Having beaten elite round debutants Slovenia 3-0, and drawn 1-1 with Switzerland, the Netherlands went into the final day on home soil ahead of the Swiss on goal difference and a point in front of Slovenia. Both of those sides had overcome Austria; the Netherlands beat that team 2-1 while Switzerland fell by that scoreline to Slovenia.
Group 2: Norway
• Last season's semi-finalists Norway were in superb form, beating Wales 8-1 and hosts Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1 before seeing off Denmark 6-1 in the decider. Norway's Jenny Olsen was elite round top scorer with five goals.
Group 3: England, Germany (holders)*
• England avenged their semi-final defeat by Germany last year by finishing a point ahead of the holders. Having beaten Poland 2-0, group hosts England then saw off Germany 2-1, clinching first place with a 0-0 draw against Italy. Germany, however, will defend their title after finishing as the runners-up with the best record against the sides first and third in their group, crucially defeating Italy 3-1.
Group 4: Republic of Ireland
• Ireland beat both Serbia and Hungary 1-0 either side of a 0-0 draw with Scotland, who finished two points adrift and were eliminated unbeaten. In their six qualifiers, 2010 runners-up Ireland conceded just one goal.
Group 5: France
• France made the most of home advantage as wins against Russia and Belgium took them through with a game to spare and meant they could afford a 1-0 loss to Greece.
Group 6: Spain
• Last season's runners-up, who received a bye to this round, remain on course to reach a fourth straight final after qualifying with a game to spare, beating Portugal 6-1 and Iceland 3-0.
*Best runners-up (counting only results against sides first and third in their group)
Bye to finals: Czech Republic (hosts)
Draw: 10:00CET, 7 April, Pilsen
Group stage: 2, 5 & 8 May (Pilsen, Pribram, Domazlice, Prestice)
Semi-finals: 11 May (Domazlice, Pribram: second semi-final live on Eurosport)
Final: 14 May (Pilsen: live on Eurosport)
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