The UEFA European Under-17 Championship is an annual European association football competition contested by under-17 men's national teams and organised by UEFA. Created in 1982, the competition was held as an under-16 event until 2001, when it was changed to its current age category. Every odd year, the UEFA European Under-17 Championship serves as a qualifying competition for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The current competition format consists of three stages: a qualifying round, an elite round and a final tournament. The first stage takes place in autumn of the previous year, while the elite round is played in spring. The winners of each elite round group join the host team in the final tournament, played in May.
^ abIt was then ruled that Roberto Secci had not been eligible to play in the competition, and UEFA decided that the title of Under-16 champions would not be awarded this year. "Italy success overruled". uefa.com. 1 January 2006. Retrieved 2009-03-19.[dead link]