The 1982 UEFA European Under-16 Championship was the first UEFA European Under-17 Championship. Italy was the host of the championship. The tournament took place from May 5 to May 7, 1982. Four teams entered the competition, after playing one qualifying stage and quarterfinals.
The final tournament of the 1982 UEFA European Under-16 Championship was preceded by two qualification stages: a qualifying round and quarterfinals. During these rounds, 26 national teams competed to determine the four teams that played the tournament.