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.
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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