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

Regulations of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship

Content Type
Competition Regulations
Category
National teams
Subject
U17
Edition
2022/23
Language
English (United Kingdom)
Enforcement Date
16 May 2022
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 play the semi-finals in single-leg knockout matches as indicated below, and all qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup:

Semi-final 1

Winner of quarter-final 1 v Winner of quarter-final 3

Semi-final 2

Winner of quarter-final 2 v Winner of quarter-final 4

16.06

The fifth European team that qualifies for the FIFA U-17 World Cup is decided in a single 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. superior goal difference in the quarter-finals;

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

  7. 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);

  8. higher position in the qualifying round coefficient rankings.

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