The UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship consists of three distinct stages: two qualifying rounds and an eight-team final tournament.
The competition begins with one-venue four-team mini-tournaments, although the nations with the highest UEFA coefficient may be given byes to the second qualifying round. The winners and runners-up of the groups go through along with the required number of third-placed teams with the best record against the first and second-placed teams, to ensure there are 24 sides in the next phase.
The 24 teams are drawn into six groups of four teams. The groups are played as one-venue mini-tournaments with the winners and the runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their section progressing to the finals to join the hosts.
The eight teams are split into two groups of four. The top two in each group go through to the knockout phase, beginning in the semi-finals.
Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, or after 80 minutes in a match, can be found in the official competition regulations.
UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship holders Germany have been placed in a group with Poland, England and Italy after the elite round draw was made by Giulia Gwinn, who captained last season's winners and was in Nyon to receive the Respect Fair Play trophy on behalf of her squad.
Elite round draw
Group 1 (27 March–1 April): Austria, Netherlands*, Slovenia, Switzerland
Group 2 (20–25 March): Norway, Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina*, Wales
Group 3 (25–30 March): Germany (holders), Poland, England*, Italy
Group 4 (13–18 March): Republic of Ireland, Hungary, Scotland, Serbia*
Group 5 (24–29 March): France*, Greece, Belgium, Russia
Group 6 (28 March–2 April): Spain, Sweden, Iceland, Portugal*
Bye to finals: Czech Republic (hosts)
• The six group winners and the runner-up with the best record against the sides first and third in their pool qualify to join hosts the Czech Republic in the finals from 2 to 14 May. The draw is on 7 April in Pilsen.
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