Europe's best teenage female footballers have been showcasing their skills in this annual competition since its inception as the UEFA Women's European Under-18 Championship in 1997/98. It consists of two qualifying rounds and an eight-team final tournament.
There are two qualifying rounds of four teams, with one country hosting the round-robin fixtures, played over six days. The top two advance to the next round, and depending on the number of entries there may also be a specified number of third-placed sides with the best record against the top pair in their section. The group winners and best runners-up in the second stage join the tournament hosts in the finals.
The final tournament consists of two groups of four, with the top two sides from each progressing to the semi-finals where it becomes a knockout competition. In finals held in odd-numbered years the championship also serves as qualification for the biennial FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.
The regulations for the UEFA European Women's Under-19 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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