Under-21 EURO 2019: all you need to know

France and Spain have joined co-hosts Italy in the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

The final will take place at Stadio Friuli in Udine
The final will take place at Stadio Friuli in Udine ©Getty Images

Who is in the finals?

Italy (hosts)
Spain (Group 2 winners)
France (Group 9 winners)

The remaining qualified teams will appear here as they are confirmed.

How does qualifying work?

The qualifying group stage began in March 2017 and finishes on 16 October 2018, with the nine group winners qualifying directly to the final tournament. The four best runners-up (i.e. the teams with the best records against the sides first, third, fourth and fifth in their group) advance to the play-offs held over two legs from 12–20 November 2018. The winners of the two ties qualify for the finals.

When are the finals?

Watch the top ten goals from the 2017 U21s
Watch the top ten goals from the 2017 U21s

The 2019 U21 EURO takes place 16–30 June, with matches organised as follows:

Group A: 16, 19, 22 June
Group B: 17, 20, 23 June
Group C: 18, 21, 24 June
Semi-finals: 27 June
Final: 30 June

What is the format of the finals?

The draw held in December 2018 will split the teams into three groups of four. The sides face each other in a round-robin format, with the three group winners advancing to the semi-finals along with the best runners-up. Full explanation can be found in the regulations.

Where is it being played?

The San Marino Stadium
The San Marino Stadium©Getty Images

Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna
Stadio Città del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia
Stadio Dino Manuzzi, Cesena
Stadio Nereo Rocco, Trieste
Stadio Friuli, Udine
San Marino Stadium, Serravalle

What is the link with the Olympics?

The finals serve as European qualifying for the 2020 Olympic football tournament, with the top four teams booking places in Japan.

Who are the recent winners?

2017: Germany
2015: Sweden
2013: Spain
2011: Spain
2009: Germany