2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship

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2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship
The official logo of the tournament
Tournament details
Host country Malta
Dates 9–21 May
Teams 53 (qualification)
8 (finals)
Venue(s) (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  England (2nd title)
Runners-up  Netherlands
Tournament statistics
Matches played 15
Goals scored 46 (3.07 per match)
Top scorer(s) England Dominic Solanke
Netherlands Jari Schuurman
(4 goals)
Best player Netherlands Steven Bergwijn
2013
2015

The 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship was the 13th edition of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship, an annual football competition between men's under-17 national teams organised by UEFA. The final tournament was hosted for the first time in Malta, from 9 to 21 May 2014, after their bid was selected by the UEFA Executive Committee on 20 March 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey.[1]

Fifty-three teams participated in a two-round qualification stage, taking place between September 2013 and March 2014, to determine the seven teams joining the hosts. Players born after 1 January 1997 were eligible to participate in this competition.[2] This edition marked the first appearance of a national team from Gibraltar,[3] and was the first UEFA competition allowing referees to use a vanishing spray when setting free kicks.[4] Live broadcast was provided by Eurosport 2 and Eurosport International.[5]

England beat the Netherlands in the final on penalties to secure their second European under-17 title, four years after their first, and the second to be won by coach John Peacock. The 2013 champions, Russia, failed to qualify for the final tournament.

Qualification[edit]

Main articles: Qualifying round and elite round

Qualification for the final tournament of the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship consisted of two rounds: a qualifying round and an elite round. In the qualifying round, 53 national teams competed in 13 groups of four teams, with each group winner and runner-up, plus the best third-placed team, advancing to the elite round. There, the 27 first-round qualifiers plus Germany, who was given a bye, were distributed in seven groups of four teams. The winner of each group qualified for the final tournament.

Qualified teams[edit]

Country Qualified as Previous appearances in tournament1
 Malta Hosts 0 (debut)
 Switzerland Group 1 winner 6 (2002, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013)
 Turkey Group 2 winner 5 (2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010)
 Netherlands Group 3 winner 7 (2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012)
 England Group 4 winner 8 (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011)
 Germany Group 5 winner 5 (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012)
 Scotland Group 6 winner 1 (2008)
 Portugal Group 7 winner 4 (2002, 2003, 2004, 2010)
1 Only counted appearances for under-17 era (bold indicates champion for that year, while italic indicates hosts)

Final draw[edit]

The draw for the group stage of the final tournament was held on 9 April 2014 at Saint James Cavalier in Valleta. It was conducted by UEFA's Youth and Amateur Football Committee chairman Jim Boyce, along with Fr. Hilary Tagliaferro and former Maltese international David Carabott. The host team, Malta, was automatically assigned as team one in group A, while the remaining teams were drawn successively in the order B1, A2, B2, A3, B3, A4 and B4.[6][7]

Venues[edit]

Map of venues

Squads[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship squads.

Match officials[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Map of the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship finalist teams and their performances. The inset shows Malta (host).

Fixtures and match schedule were confirmed by UEFA on 15 April 2014.[5] Kick-off times are in Central European Summer Time (CEST).

Tie-breaking

If two or more teams were equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following tie-breaking criteria were applied:[2]

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question;
  2. Superior goal difference resulting from the matches played between the teams in question;
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question;

If, after having applied criteria 1 to 3, teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 3 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 4 to 7 apply.

  1. Superior goal difference in all group matches;
  2. Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  3. Respect Fair play ranking of the teams in question (final tournament);
  4. Drawing of lots.

If only two teams are tied (according to criteria 1–7) after having met in the last match of the group stage, their ranking is determined by a penalty shoot-out.

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and runners-up advanced to the semi-finals

Group A[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Netherlands 3 3 0 0 10 4 +6 9
 England 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4 6
 Turkey 3 1 0 2 7 7 0 3
 Malta 3 0 0 3 2 12 −10 0
9 May 2014
11:00
Netherlands  3–2  Turkey
Verdonk Goal 54' (pen.)
Nouri Goal 69'
Ould-Chikh Goal 75'
Report Ünal Goal 43'
Aktay Goal 79'
Ta' Qali National Stadium, Attard
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (Montenegro)
9 May 2014
18:00
Malta  0–3  England
Report Roberts Goal 15'48'
Armstrong Goal 25'
Ta' Qali National Stadium, Attard
Referee: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (Latvia)

12 May 2014
11:15
England  4–1  Turkey
Solanke Goal 22'49'
Kenny Goal 58'
Armstrong Goal 64'
Report Ünal Goal 16'
Gozo Stadium, Xewkija
Attendance: 1,631
Referee: Jonathan Lardot (Belgium)
12 May 2014
15:15
Malta  2–5  Netherlands
Mbong Goal 37'
Friggieri Goal 64'
Report Schuurman Goal 5'27'42'
Bergwijn Goal 13'69'
Gozo Stadium, Xewkija
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (Azerbaijan)

15 May 2014
11:00
Turkey  4–0  Malta
Alici Goal 43'58'
Aktay Goal 70'76'
Report
Ta' Qali National Stadium, Attard
Referee: Jonathan Lardot (Belgium)
15 May 2014
11:00
England  0–2  Netherlands
Report Verdonk Goal 45'
van der Moot Goal 68'
Hibernians Ground, Paola
Referee: Alexander Harkam (Austria)

Group B[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Portugal 3 3 0 0 4 0 +4 9
 Scotland 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6
 Germany 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1
 Switzerland 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
9 May 2014
11:15
Germany  1–1  Switzerland
Henrichs Goal 58' Report Babic Goal 72'
Gozo Stadium, Xewkija
Referee: Alexander Harkam (Austria)
9 May 2014
15:15
Scotland  0–2  Portugal
Report Sanches Goal 18'
Mata Goal 78'

12 May 2014
11:00
Switzerland  0–1  Portugal
Report Mata Goal 54'
Hibernians Ground, Paola
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (Montenegro)
12 May 2014
18:00
Germany  0–1  Scotland
Report Wright Goal 41'
Hibernians Ground, Paola
Referee: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (Latvia)

15 May 2014
18:00
Portugal  1–0  Germany
P. Rodrigues Goal 51' Report
15 May 2014
18:00
Switzerland  1–3  Scotland
Oberlin Goal 20' Report Wighton Goal 45'
Sheppard Goal 56'
Hardie Goal 63'
Hibernians Ground, Paola
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (Azerbaijan)

Knockout stage[edit]

Bracket[edit]

Semi-finals Final
18 May – Attard
  Netherlands 5  
  Scotland 0  
 
21 May – Attard
      Netherlands 1 (1)
    England (pen.) 1 (4)
18 May – Attard
  Portugal 0
  England 2  

Semi-finals[edit]

18 May 2014
17:45
Portugal  0–2  England
Report Solanke Goal 52'
Roberts Goal 74'
Ta' Qali National Stadium, Attard
Referee: Alexander Harkam (Austria)

18 May 2014
20:45
Netherlands  5–0  Scotland
Verdonk Goal 35' (pen.)
Nouri Goal 38'
Bergwijn Goal 57'
Owobowale Goal 59'
van der Moot Goal 73'
Report
Ta' Qali National Stadium, Attard
Referee: Jonathan Lardot (Belgium)

Final[edit]

21 May 2014
19:00
Netherlands  1–1  England
Schuurman Goal 40' Report Solanke Goal 25'
  Penalties  
van der Moot Penalty missed
Schuurman Penalty scored
Verdonk Penalty missed
1–4 Penalty scored Ledson
Penalty scored Moore
Penalty scored Cooke
Penalty scored Kenny

Team of the tournament[edit]

[8]

Goalscorers[edit]

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Malta, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan picked for U17s". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). 20 March 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Regulations of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2013/14" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Draw to launch U17 road to Malta". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). 20 November 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Vanishing spray leaves lasting impression". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). 16 May 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Under-17 match and TV schedule confirmed". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). 15 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Swiss, Germany, England complete U17 finals cast". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). 31 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Malta meet England, Germany face Switzerland". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). 9 April 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.uefa.com/under17/season=2014/technical-report/tr-under17-2014.pdf

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