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 2017 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, which takes place in Croatia from 3–19 May, will be screened by the following broadcasters. Check your local broadcaster’s listings to find out which matches are being shown in your country.
Note: For other territories, the semi-final and final matches will be streamed live on UEFA.com and UEFA.tv.
Eurosport (www.eurosport.com - some matches only available online)
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Republic of Ireland
beIN Sports (www.beinsports.com)
United Arab Emirates
L'Equipe 21 (www.lequipe.fr/lachainelequipe/)
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