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  • Karen Espelund
    Karen Espelund
    Chairwoman of the UEFA Women's Football Committee Karen Espelund, with Giulia Gwinn of holders Germany (R), draws out the name of England during the 2016/17 UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship elite round draw
    11 November 2016
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  • Elite round draw results
    Elite round draw results
    A view of the draw tables following the 2016/17 UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship elite round draw
    11 November 2016
    ©Getty Images for UEFA
  • Qualifying round draw results
    Qualifying round draw results
    A view of the draw tables following the 2017/18 UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship qualifying round draw
    11 November 2016
    ©Getty Images for UEFA
  • Karen Espelund & Giulia Gwinn
    Karen Espelund & Giulia Gwinn
    Chairwoman of the UEFA Women's Football Committee Karen Espelund (left) and last season's Germany captain Giulia Gwinn draw out the name of Belarus during the 2017/18 UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship qualifying round draw
    11 November 2016
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  • Karen Espelund
    Karen Espelund
    Chairwoman of the UEFA Women's Football Committee Karen Espelund draws out the name of Estonia during the 2017/18 UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship qualifying round draw
    11 November 2016
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  • Qualifying round draw pots
    Qualifying round draw pots
    A view of the draw pots during the 2017/18 UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship qualifying round draw
    11 November 2016
    ©Getty Images for UEFA
  • Qualifying round draw
    Qualifying round draw
    A view of the trophy during the 2017/18 UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship qualifying round draw
    11 November 2016
    ©Getty Images for UEFA
  • Joëlle Smits (Netherlands)
    Joëlle Smits (Netherlands)
    Joëlle Smits of the Netherlands shoots during the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship qualifying round against Moldova
    25 October 2016
    ©Vadim Caftanat
  • Vilde Birkeli (Norway)
    Vilde Birkeli (Norway)
    Norway's Vilde Birkeli during the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship qualifying round match against Moldova
    25 October 2016
    ©Vadim Caftanat
  • Thea Bjelde (Norway)
    Thea Bjelde (Norway)
    Norway's Thea Bjelde during the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship qualifying round match against Moldova
    25 October 2016
    ©Vadim Caftanat
  • Netherlands lineup
    Netherlands lineup
    Netherlands line up before the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship qualifying round
    25 October 2016
    ©Victor Daghi
  • Norway lineup
    Norway lineup
    Norway line up before the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship qualifying round
    25 October 2016
    ©Victor Daghi
  • Klara Bühl & Vanessa Ziegler (Germany)
    Klara Bühl & Vanessa Ziegler (Germany)
    Klara Bühl (L), and Vanessa Ziegler of Germany celebrate after their victory over Spain in the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship 2016 final
    17 May 2016
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  • Celebration (Germany)
    Celebration (Germany)
    Germany players celebrate with the trophy after their victory over Spain in the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship 2016 final
    16 May 2016
    ©Sportsfile
  • Dejection (Spain)
    Dejection (Spain)
    Dejected Spain players after losing the penalty shoot out to Germany during their UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship 2016 final
    16 May 2016
    ©Sportsfile
  • Caroline Siems (Germany)
    Caroline Siems (Germany)
    Germany players celebrate with Caroline Siems after she scored the winning penalty in the penalty shoot out during the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship 2016 final
    16 May 2016
    ©Sportsfile
  • Celebration (Germany)
    Celebration (Germany)
    The Germany team celebrate after winning the penalty shoot out over Spain in the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship 2016 final
    16 May 2016
    ©Sportsfile
  • Celebration (Germany)
    Celebration (Germany)
    The Germany team celebrate after winning the penalty shoot out over Spain in the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship 2016 final
    16 May 2016
    ©Sportsfile
  • Caroline Siems (Germany)
    Caroline Siems (Germany)
    The Germany team run to congratulate Caroline Siems (L) after she scored the winning penalty in penalty shoot out during the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship 2016 final
    16 May 2016
    ©Sportsfile
  • Caroline Siems (Germany)
    Caroline Siems (Germany)
    Germany players celebrate with Caroline Siems (2L) after she scored the winning penalty in the penalty shoot out during the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship 2016 final
    16 May 2016
    ©Sportsfile
  • Caroline Siems (Germany)
    Caroline Siems (Germany)
    Caroline Siems of Germany celebrates after scoring the winning penalty during the penalty shoot out in their UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship 2016 final against Spain
    16 May 2016
    ©Sportsfile
  • Sarai Linder & Sydney Lohmann (Germany)
    Sarai Linder & Sydney Lohmann (Germany)
    Sydney Lohmann (L), and Sarai Linder of Germany celebrate after their victory over Spain in the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship 2016 final
    16 May 2016
    ©Sportsfile
  • Janina Minge & Kristin Kögel (Germany)
    Janina Minge & Kristin Kögel (Germany)
    Germany players, from left, Vanessa Ziegler, Kristin Kögel and Janina Minge celebrate with the trophy after their victory over Spain in the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship 2016 final
    16 May 2016
    ©Sportsfile
  • Sophia Kleinherne & Annalena Rieke (Germany)
    Sophia Kleinherne & Annalena Rieke (Germany)
    Germany players, from left, Annalena Rieke, Sophia Kleinherne and Marie Müller celebrate with the trophy after their victory over Spain in the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship 2016 final
    16 May 2016
    ©Sportsfile

Road to the final

The UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship consists of three distinct stages: two qualifying rounds and an eight-team final tournament.

Qualifying round
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.

Elite round
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.

Final tournament
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.