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.
Holders Spain are among the 30 teams that have advanced from the UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualifying round to join top seeds Germany and Portugal in the elite round draw at 11:45CET on 6 December.
The qualifiers (group winners listed first):
Group 1: Belgium, Switzerland
Group 2: Croatia, Spain (holders)
Group 3: Israel, Czech Republic, Turkey*
Group 4: Finland, Iceland
Group 5: Serbia, Greece, Norway*
Group 6: France, Slovenia
Group 7: Scotland, Denmark
Group 8: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, FYR Macedonia*
Group 9: Hungary, Netherlands
Group 10: Austria, Romania
Group 11: Republic of Ireland, Ukraine
Group 12: Poland, Sweden, Cyprus*
Group 13: Italy, Georgia
*Four third-placed sides with the best record against the top two in their group.
Bye to elite round: Germany, Portugal
Bye to finals: England (hosts)
Qualifying round summary
Elite round draw (11:45CET, 6 December, Nyon)
Road to England
Elite round draw (Nyon): 11:45CET, 6 December 2017
Elite round: spring 2018
Finals draw (St George's Park, Burton-upon-Trent): tbc April 2018
Final tournament (England): 4–20 May 2018
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