Launched for the 2007/08 season, the annual UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship consists of two qualifying rounds and a four-team final tournament.
There are two qualifying rounds of four team-mini tournaments, with one country hosting the round-robin fixtures. The winners progress to the next stage, and depending on the number of entries there may also be a specified number of best runners-up with the best record against the first and third-placed teams. The group winners in the second stage make up the lineup for the finals.
The final tournament is a knockout competition, with the semi-final winners contesting the showpiece while the losers play off for third. In finals held in even-numbered years the championship also serves as qualification for the biennial FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.
The regulations for the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship are initially drawn up by the UEFA Administration before being submitted to the UEFA Women's Football Committee. They are then forwarded upon that committee's approval to the UEFA Executive Committee for ratification.
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