The final tournament of the 2013/14 competition was the first to be staged in Norway since the national association hosted the last edition to be played as an Under-18 competition in 2001. Only three of the countries who had played the 2013 final tournament travelled to Norway a year later, with the defending champions, France, among the notable absentees from this year's event, staged from 15–27 July. As it had been in 2013, the geographical centre of gravity was to be found in northern latitudes with Spain the only finalist travelling from south of the Low Countries.
The final tournament was played in a wide range of climatic conditions, ranging from the thunderstorms which provided dramatic backdrops at the semi-finals to the prolonged spell of record-breaking high temperatures which prompted the introduction of 'water breaks' midway through each half of a high percentage of the matches played.
The 15 fixtures were staged at six venues in the Oslo region, including the Ullevaal national stadium used exclusively for the final. The switch from the artificial surfaces at the other five venues to a grass pitch meant that the finalists were offered opportunities to train on natural surfaces during the two days between the semi-finals and the final. The stadiums in Sarpsborg and Tønsberg hosted two matches apiece while Strømmen and Mjøndalen staged three each and UKI Arena in Jessheim was the venue for four fixtures. All venues were within a 90-minute drive of the hotel in Lillestr��m where all eight delegations were accommodated.
As has become the norm at UEFA's age-limit tournaments, the event featured educational sessions on doping controls and the career-threatening dangers posed by match-fixing. A young team of referees and assistant referees aged between 25 and 35 from non-participating countries was supported by two Norwegian referees who acted as fourth officials. From start to finish, Norway's hosting of the event involved two Norwegian internationals who acted as ambassadors for the final tournament: the national women's team captain, Ingvild Stensland, and Stig Inge Bjørnebye, the former Rosenborg BK and Liverpool FC defender, who was capped 76 times by his country.
The crowd of 4,054 which watched the final between Spain and Netherlands at Ullevaal brought the accumulative attendance figure for the event to 12,098 at an average of just over 800 per match. The final and the Norway v Spain semi-final were screened live by Eurosport to a pan-European audience.
Stephen McCarthy (Sportsfile)