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.
Bulgaria and Sweden will stage the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship final tournaments of 2019 and 2020 respectively.
Four years on from hosting the U17 EURO on the country's Black Sea coast, Bulgaria will be the venue for the equivalent women's tournament.
Bulgaria have never advanced beyond the qualifying round of a Women's U17 EURO, unlike Sweden, who were beaten in the 2013 final by Poland. The current crop of Blågult players will begin their elite round campaign in late March.
Sweden have twice organised a major UEFA tournament in recent years, namely the 2013 UEFA European Women's Championship and the 2009 European U21 Championship.
The Women's U17 finals were originally played as a four-team tournament at the Stade Colovray opposite UEFA's Swiss headquarters in Nyon, from the competition's inception in 2007/08 to the 2012/13 edition.
Eight sides were involved in the expanded 2013/14 finals in England, who were followed as hosts by Iceland, Belarus and, next May, the Czech Republic. Lithuania will hold the 2018 event.
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