2014 UEFA European Under-19 Championship
|Teams||8 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 4 host cities)|
The 2014 UEFA European Under-19 Championship will be the 13th edition of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship since its reclassification from an under-18 event in 2002, and the 63rd since the tournament was created in 1948. Hungary was chosen to host the final tournament, which will be staged from 19 to 31 July 2014 in four cities – Budapest, Felcsút, Győr and Pápa. It will be the second time (first in the under-19 era) that the country holds this tournament, having previously hosted it in 1990. Players born after 1 January 1995 will be eligible to participate in this competition.
Qualification matches began in September 2013 and concluded in June 2014, with seven teams joining the hosts in the final tournament. Among them are the defending champions, Serbia, who defeated France 1–0 in the previous final to secure their first-ever title in UEFA competitions.
The final tournament matches will be held in four stadium venues located in four cities:
|Ferenc Szusza Stadium||Budapest||12,700||3 group stage matches, 1 semi-final and final|||
|Pancho Arena||Felcsút||3,672||3 group stage matches and 1 semi-final|||
|ETO Park||Győr||13,772||3 group stage matches|||
|Perutz Stadion||Pápa||3,118||3 group stage matches|||
Qualification for the final tournament occurred in two phases: a qualifying round and an elite round. During these rounds, 53 national teams competed to determine the seven teams that would join the automatically qualified host team, Hungary.
The qualifying round was played between 6 September and 19 November 2013, following a draw that took place on 5 December 2012 at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. According to the UEFA under-19 national team coefficient ranking, the top seeeded team, Spain, was given a bye to the elite round, whereas the remaining 52 teams were divided into two pots and drawn into 13 groups of four teams. Each group included two teams from both pots and was contested as a round-robin tournament, hosted by one of the group teams. The group winners and runners-up, along with the best third-placed team, qualified for the next round.
The elite round was played between 24 May and 10 June 2014 and was contested by the 27 teams advancing from the qualifying round plus Spain. The draw took place on 28 November 2013 at the UEFA headquarters and allocated the 28 teams – previously arranged into four seeding pots according to their qualifying round coefficient (Spain were automatically seeded in the first pot) – into seven groups of four. Each group was contested similarly to the qualifying round, with the seven group winners securing qualification for the final tournament.
The following eight teams qualified for the final tournament:
|Country||Qualified as||Previous appearances in tournament1|
|Ukraine||Group 1 winner||2 (2004, 2009)|
|Bulgaria||Group 2 winner||1 (2008)|
|Israel||Group 3 winner||0 (debut)|
|Serbia||Group 4 winner||6 (20052, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013)|
|Germany||Group 5 winner||5 (2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008)|
|Austria||Group 6 winner||4 (2003, 2006, 2007, 2010)|
|Portugal||Group 7 winner||6 (2003, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013)|
1 Only counted appearances for under-19 era (bold indicates champion for that year, while italic indicates hosts)
The draw for the group stage was held on 19 June 2014 at the Pancho Arena in Felcsút, and was conducted by the UEFA Youth and Amateur Football Committee chairman, Jim Boyce, who was assisted by former Hungarian national team coach and final tournament ambassador Kálmán Mészöly.
The eight finalists were drawn into two groups of four teams (as hosts, Hungary were seeded in group A), where they will play matches against each other in a round-robin system. The top two teams from each group will advance to the semi-finals.
If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following tie-breaking criteria will be applied:
- Higher number of points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question;
- Superior goal difference resulting from the matches played between the teams in question;
- 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.
- Superior goal difference in all group matches;
- Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
- Respect Fair play ranking of the teams in question (final tournament);
- 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|
|Winner Group A|
|Runner-up Group B|
|Winner Group B|
|Runner-up Group A|
28 July 2014
|Winner Group A||SF1||Runner-up Group B|
28 July 2014
|Winner Group B||SF2||Runner-up Group A|
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