Article 16 Match system and group formation – final tournament - Under-17

Regulations of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship

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Competition Regulations
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National teams
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U17
FullSeasonYears
2020/21
EnforcementDate
13 July 2020
16.01

16 teams take part in the final tournament.

16.02

A draw is conducted to allocate the 16 teams into four groups of four. The host association being A1 and the seven best group winners in the elite round seeded (see Annex A.6), the UEFA administration establishes the draw procedure and communicates it to the 16 qualified teams prior to the final draw. The four groups are formed as follows:

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

A1

B1

C1

D1

A2

B2

C2

D2

A3

B3

C3

D3

A4

B4

C4

D4

16.03

Each team plays each of the other teams in the group once, with three points awarded for a win, one for a draw and none for a defeat. The final tournament group matches are played according to the schedule below. The first-named team is considered as the home team.

Matchday 1

Matchday 2

Matchday 3

Group A

A1 v A4

A3 v A2

A1 v A3

A2 v A4

A2 v A1

A4 v A3

Group B

B1 v B4

B3 v B2

B1 v B3

B2 v B4

B2 v B1

B4 v B3

Group C

C1 v C4

C3 v C2

C1 v C3

C2 v C4

C2 v C1

C4 v C3

Group D

D1 v D4

D3 v D2

D1 v D3

D2 v D4

D2 v D1

D4 v D3

16.04

The group winners and runners-up play the quarter-finals in single leg knockout matches, as follows:

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

16.05

The four winners of the quarter-finals qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup and play the semi-finals in single-leg knockout matches, as follows:

Semi-final 1

Winner quarter-final 1 v Winner quarter-final 3

Semi-final 2

Winner quarter-final 2 v Winner quarter-final 4

16.06

The fifth European team that qualifies for the FIFA U-17 World Cup is decided in a single-leg knockout match between the two best quarter-finalists not progressing to the semi-finals. They are determined in application of the following criteria, in the order given:

  1. higher position in their group on completion of the group stage;

  2. higher number of points in the group stage;

  3. superior goal difference in the group stage;

  4. higher number of goals scored in the group stage;

  5. higher number of points in the quarter-finals;

  6. superior goal difference in the quarter-finals;

  7. higher number of goals scored in the quarter-finals;

  8. lower disciplinary points total based only on yellow and red cards received by players and team officials in the group stage and quarter-finals (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);

  9. higher position in the qualifying round coefficient ranking list;

  10. drawing of lots.

16.07

The two winners of the semi-finals play the final in a single match, as follows:

Final

Winner semi-final 1 v Winner semi-final 2