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Belarus 2016

Belarus will stage the 2016 UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship final tournament from 4 to 16 May.
Belarus 2016
Fans at the 2009 Women's U19 finals in Belarus ©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 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.

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 knockout match, can be found in the official competition regulations.

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Belarus 2016

Belarus will stage the 2016 UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship final tournament from 4 to 16 May.

Belarus will stage the 2016 UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship final tournament from 4 to 16 May.

THE DRAW

Group A: Belarus (hosts), Serbia, England, Norway
Group B: Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain (holders)

CALENDAR

Group stage: 4, 7 & 10 May
Semi-finals: 13 May
Final & FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup play-off: 16 May

• The top three finishers at the tournament (the finalists and the winner of the play-off between the beaten semi-finalists) will qualify for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Jordan from 30 September to 21 October 2016.

BELARUS

From the championship's inaugural edition in 2007/08 until 2012/13, the tournament concluded with a four-team knockout event at the Colovray Stadium opposite UEFA's Swiss headquarters in Nyon. For 2013/14 the finals doubled in size and England were the initial hosts, followed by Iceland in 2015.

Belarus previously held the 2009 UEFA European Women's U19 Championship. They will be making their debut in the Women's U17 finals but did reach the elite round in 2013/14 and 2014/15.

VENUES

  • Borisov Arena

• Matches: Final (16 May)
• Seating capacity: 13,121
• Home club: BATE Borisov
• Did you know? Also the home stadium of the Belarus senior national team since opening in 2014, and has been the venue for BATE's UEFA Champions League matches.

  • Gorodskoi Stadium, Borisov

• Matches: Group games (4, 7 and 10 May)
• Seating capacity: 5,402
• Home club: none
• Did you know? The former home of BATE and venue for Belarus Under-21 home games as well as the 2009 UEFA European Women's U19 Championship final.

  • Traktor Stadium, Minsk

• Matches: Group games (4, 7 and 10 May), FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup play-off (16 May)
• Seating capacity: 17,586
• Home club: Partizan Minsk
• Did you know? A regular home for Belarus's senior women's team.

  • City Stadium, Slutsk

• Matches: Group games (4, 7 and 10 May)
• Seating capacity: 1,896
• Home clubs: FC Slutsk
• Did you know? Originally opened in 1935 and redeveloped several times since. Has hosted two of Belarus's 2017 UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualifiers.

  • Torpedo Stadium, Zhodino

• Matches: Group games (4, 7 and 10 May), Two semi-finals (13 May)
• Seating capacity: 6,524
• Home club: Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino
• Did you know? The stadium has staged two UEFA Europa League qualifiers for its home club.

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