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.
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.
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.
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.
• The home of MŠK Žilina will stage three group matches, both semi-finals and the final of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship.
• Žilina have played on the site since 1909 but the stadium was built in 1941 and over the last decade has been revamped to meet UEFA specifications. The plan is for the capacity to reach 15,000.
• The ground has hosted a number of Slovakia senior internationals over recent years, including three UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers.
• Žilina have won the Slovak First League six times since 2001/02, doing their first double last season. They reached the old Czechoslovak Cup final in 1961 and got to the European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals the following year.
• The city of Zilina is the third largest in Slovakia, with a population of more than 100,000, not far from the Czech and Polish borders. It is famed for its manufacturing, the Žilinská University and a proud history – made a free city by King Charles I of Hungary in 1312.
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