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 2011/12 UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship will begin with the semi-finals on 26 June before a third-place play-off and final three days later, all played at the Colovray Stadium opposite UEFA's Swiss headquarters in Nyon.
It will be the fifth time the venue has hosted the event, with Germany emerging as champions in the first two seasons before Spain's triumphs in 2010 and 2011.
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