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 five third-placed sides with the best record against the leading pair in their groups.
In the elite round, held in early spring, those 31 qualifiers plus the top seed – 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.
Complete finals line-up: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia (hosts), England, Faroe Islands, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine.
Draw: 18:00CET, 3 April at Panorama Zagreb Hotel
• The final tournament will also act as the European qualifier for UEFA's five berths in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, running from 6 to 28 October.
Venues: Varazdin (Quarter-final, Semi-final, Final), Zapresic (Group D x 2, Quarter-final, Semi-final), Velika Gorica (Group B x 3, Quarter-final x 2), Sesvete (Group D x 3, World Cup play-off), Lucko (Group B x 3, Group D x 1), Rijeka (Group A x 5, Group C x 1), Kostrena (Group A x 1 , Group C x 5)
Group stage: 3/4, 6/7, 9/10 May
Quarter-finals 12/13 May
Semi-finals & FIFA U-17 World Cup play-off: 16 May
Final: 19 May
Quarter-final 1: Winner Group A v Runner-up Group B
Quarter-final 2: Winner Group B v Runner-up Group A
Quarter-final 3: Winner Group C v Runner-up Group D
Quarter-final 4: Winner Group D v Runner-up Group C
Semi-final 1: Winner quarter-final 1 v Winner quarter-final 3
Semi-final 2: Winner quarter-final 2 v Winner quarter-final 4
Final: Winner semi-final 1 v Winner semi-final 2
• The two best losing quarter-finalists (as per criteria in Regulation 16.06) will play off for Europe's fifth FIFA U-17 World Cup place and join the four semi-finalists in India.
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