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  • Switzerland celebrate
    Switzerland celebrate
    Switzerland celebrate beating Malta
    02 November 2017
    ©Domenic Aquilina
  • Simon Sohm (Switzerland)
    Simon Sohm (Switzerland)
    Simon Sohm celebrates his late winner in the qualifying round against Malta
    02 November 2017
    ©Domenic Aquilina
  • Belgium
    Belgium
    Belgium's Under-17 team line up before playing Northern Ireland in the qualifying round in Malta
    02 November 2017
    ©Domenic Aquilina
  • 13 October 2017
    ©mlsz.hu
  • Bram Franken (Netherlands) & Patrik Nyári (Hungary)
    Bram Franken (Netherlands) & Patrik Nyári (Hungary)
    Action from the U17 qualifying round
    10 October 2017
    ©mlsz.hu
  • Wouter Burger (Netherlands) & Dominik Cipf (Hungary)
    Wouter Burger (Netherlands) & Dominik Cipf (Hungary)
    Action from the U17 qualifying round
    10 October 2017
    ©mlsz.hu
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina v FYR Macedonia
    Bosnia and Herzegovina v FYR Macedonia
    Action from the qualifying round game
    03 October 2017
    ©Igor Panevski
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina v FYR Macedonia
    Bosnia and Herzegovina v FYR Macedonia
    Action from the qualifying round game
    03 October 2017
    ©Igor Panevski
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina v FYR Macedonia
    Bosnia and Herzegovina v FYR Macedonia
    Action from the qualifying round game
    03 October 2017
    ©Igor Panevski
  • Víctor Chust (Spain)
    Víctor Chust (Spain)
    Víctor Chust of Spain celebrates after scoring his side's winning penalty during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship final match
    19 May 2017
    ©Sportsfile
  • England players following defeat
    England players following defeat
    England players following their side's defeat in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final
    19 May 2017
    ©Sportsfile
  • Spain celebrate
    Spain celebrate
    Spain celebrate with the trophy following their victory in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final
    19 May 2017
    ©Sportsfile
  • Spain celebrate
    Spain celebrate
    Spain celebrate with the trophy following their victory in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final
    19 May 2017
    ©Sportsfile
  • Nacho Díaz (Spain)
    Nacho Díaz (Spain)
    Nacho Díaz of Spain celebrates after scoring his side's second goal of the game during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship final match
    19 May 2017
    ©Sportsfile
  • Nacho Díaz (Spain)
    Nacho Díaz (Spain)
    Nacho Díaz of Spain celebrates after scoring his side's second goal of the game during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship final match
    19 May 2017
    ©Sportsfile
  • Moha (Spain) & Phil Foden (England)
    Moha (Spain) & Phil Foden (England)
    Moha of Spain (left) and England's Phil Foden during the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final
    19 May 2017
    ©Sportsfile
  • England celebrate
    England celebrate
    England players celebrate Phil Foden's goal in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final against Spain
    19 May 2017
    ©Sportsfile
  • Phil Foden (England)
    Phil Foden (England)
    Phil Foden of England (R) celebrates after scoring his side's second goal of the game during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship final match
    19 May 2017
    ©Sportsfile
  • Phil Foden (England)
    Phil Foden (England)
    Phil Foden of England (right) celebrates after scoring his side's second goal of the game during the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final against Spain
    19 May 2017
    ©Sportsfile
  • Phil Foden (England)
    Phil Foden (England)
    Phil Foden of England (right) celebrates after scoring his side's second goal of the game during the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final
    19 May 2017
    ©Sportsfile
  • Joel Latibeaudiere (England) & Sergio Gómez (Spain)
    Joel Latibeaudiere (England) & Sergio Gómez (Spain)
    Sergio Gómez of Spain (R) and Joel Latibeaudiere of England during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship final match
    19 May 2017
    ©Sportsfile
  • George McEachran (England) & Jandro Orellana (Spain)
    George McEachran (England) & Jandro Orellana (Spain)
    Jandro Orellana of Spain (right) and George McEachran of England during the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final
    19 May 2017
    ©Sportsfile
  • Jonathan Panzo (England) & Abel Ruiz (Spain)
    Jonathan Panzo (England) & Abel Ruiz (Spain)
    Abel Ruiz of Spain (right) and Jonathan Panzo of England during the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final
    19 May 2017
    ©Sportsfile
  • Mateu Morey (Spain)
    Mateu Morey (Spain)
    Mateu Morey of Spain scores his side's first goal of the game during their UEFA European Under-17 Championship final match
    19 May 2017
    ©Sportsfile

Road to the final

The UEFA European Under-17 Championship consists of three distinct stages: the qualifying round, the elite round and the final tournament. The format changed for 2014/15 with the expansion of the final tournament from eight to 16 teams.

Qualifying round
The qualifying round, played in autumn, is made up of 13 groups of four countries playing in one-venue mini-tournaments. The top two from each pool progress alongside the four third-placed sides with the best record against the leading pair in their groups.

Elite round
In the elite round, held in early spring, those 30 qualifiers plus the top two seeds – given a bye this far – compete in eight mini-tournament groups of four. The group winners and seven runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their section advance to the finals to join the hosts.

Final tournament
In the final tournament the contenders are split into four groups of four, with the front two from each proceeding to the knockout phase.

Further details, including the criteria for separating sides that finish level on points in a group, or after 80 minutes in a match, can be found in the official competition regulations.