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 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.
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 match, can be found in the official competition regulations.
Qualifying round draw
Group 1 (20–25 September): Switzerland, Denmark, Slovakia, Israel*
Group 2 (6–11 October): Sweden, Greece*, Montenegro, Malta
Group 3 (8–13 October): Poland, Hungary*, Azerbaijan, Estonia
Group 4 (21–26 October): Norway, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Moldova*
Group 5 (26–31 October): Italy, Finland, Portugal*, Georgia
Group 6 (10–15 October): France, Scotland*, Croatia, Kazakhstan
Group 7 (2–7 October): Germany, Turkey, Wales, Latvia*
Group 8 (24–29 October): England, Russia, Slovenia, Lithuania*
Group 9 (26 September–1 October): Belgium, Serbia*, Romania, Ukraine
Group 10 (26–31 October): Republic of Ireland*, Iceland, Belarus, Faroe Islands
Group 11 (30 September–5 October): Austria, Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia*
Bye to elite round: Spain
Bye to final tournament: Czech Republic (hosts)
• The top two in each group and the third-placed team with the best record against the leading pair in their section accompany top seeds Spain into the 24-team elite round.
• Seven countries will join the Czech Republic in the fourth final tournament since the expansion to eight teams in May 2017, following the finals in England, Iceland and Belarus.
• Malta are entering this competition for the first time.
Road to the Czech Republic
Qualifying round: 26 September–31 October 2016
Elite round draw: 11 November 2016
Elite round: spring 2017
Final tournament draw: tbc
Final tournament: 2–14 May 2017, Czech Republic
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