2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship

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2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship
2015 УЕФА Европейско първенство за юноши до 17 години
Tournament details
Host country Bulgaria
Dates 6–22 May 2015
Teams 16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 4 (in 4 host cities)
2014
2016

The 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship will be the 14th edition of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship (33rd edition if the Under-16 era is also included), the annual European youth football competition contested by the men's under-17 national teams of the member associations of UEFA. Bulgaria will host the tournament.[1] The finals will feature 16 teams for the first time since 2002, as the number of teams have been increased from eight in the previous tournament. Players born on or after 1 January 1998 will be eligible to participate in this competition.

The final tournament also acts as the UEFA qualifier for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile, with six teams qualifying (the four semi-finalists and the two winners of play-off matches between the losing quarter-finalists).

Each match lasts 80 minutes, consisting of two halves of 40 minutes, with an interval of 15 minutes.

Qualification[edit]

All 54 UEFA nations entered the competition, and with the hosts Bulgaria qualifying automatically, the other 53 teams competed in the qualifying competition to determine the remaining 15 spots in the final tournament.[2] The qualifying competition consisted of two rounds: Qualifying round, which took place in autumn 2014, and Elite round, which took place in spring 2015.[3]

Qualified teams[edit]

The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament.[4][5]

Note: All appearance statistics include only U-17 era (since 2002).

Team Method of qualification Finals appearance Last appearance Previous best performance
 Bulgaria Hosts 1st Debut Debut
 France Elite round Group 1 winners 9th 2012 Champions (2004)
 Spain Elite round Group 1 runners-up[^] 9th 2010 Champions (2007, 2008)
 Croatia Elite round Group 2 winners 3rd 2013 Fourth place (2005)
 Belgium Elite round Group 3 winners 4th 2012 Semi-finals (2007)
 Netherlands Elite round Group 3 runners-up[^] 9th 2014 Champions (2011, 2012)
 Greece Elite round Group 4 winners 2nd 2010 Group stage (2010)
 Republic of Ireland Elite round Group 4 runners-up[^] 2nd 2008 Group stage (2008)
 Austria Elite round Group 5 winners 4th 2013 Third place (2003)
 Russia Elite round Group 5 runners-up[^] 3rd 2013 Champions (2006, 2013)
 England Elite round Group 6 winners 10th 2014 Champions (2010, 2014)
 Slovenia Elite round Group 6 runners-up[^] 2nd 2012 Group stage (2012)
 Czech Republic Elite round Group 7 winners 5th 2011 Runners-up (2006)
 Scotland Elite round Group 7 runners-up[^] 3rd 2014 Semi-finals (2014)
 Germany Elite round Group 8 winners 8th 2014 Champions (2009)
 Italy Elite round Group 8 runners-up[^] 5th 2013 Runners-up (2013)
Notes
  1. ^ The best seven runners-up among all eight elite round groups qualified for the final tournament.

Final draw[edit]

The final draw was held in Pomorie, Bulgaria on 2 April 2015, 14:00 EEST (UTC+3).[6][7] The 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four teams. There were no seeding except that the hosts Bulgaria were assigned to position A1 in the draw.

Venues[edit]

The competition is due to be played at four venues in four host cities: Beroe Stadium (in Stara Zagora), Hadzhi Dimitar Stadium (in Sliven), Lazur Stadium (in Burgas), and Arena Sozopol (in Sozopol).

Stara Zagora Sliven Burgas Sozopol
Beroe Stadium Hadzhi Dimitar Stadium Lazur Stadium Arena Sozopol
Capacity: 12,128 Capacity: 10,000 Capacity: 18,037 Capacity: 3,500
Burgas Lasur Stadion.jpg

Squads[edit]

Each national team have to submit a squad of 18 players.[3]

Match officials[edit]

The selected match officials are as follows.[5]

Group stage[edit]

Group winners and runners-up advance to the quarter-finals.

Tiebreakers

if two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following tie-breaking criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings:[3]

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  2. Superior goal difference resulting from the group matches played among the teams in question;
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  4. If, after having applied criteria 1 to 3, teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 3 are reapplied exclusively to the group matches between the teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 5 to 9 apply;
  5. Superior goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  7. If only two teams have the same number of points, and they are tied according to criteria 1 to 6 after having met in the last round of the group stage, their ranking is determined by a penalty shoot-out (this criteria is not used if more than two teams have the same number of points, or if the rankings of the two teams are not relevant for which team qualifies for the next stage).
  8. Lower disciplinary points total based only on yellow and red cards received in the group matches (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);
  9. Drawing of lots.

All times are local, EEST (UTC+3)[8]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Bulgaria (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Croatia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Austria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 6 May 2015. Source: UEFA
(H) Host.

6 May 2015
15:00
Spain  v  Austria

6 May 2015
19:00
Bulgaria  v  Croatia

9 May 2015
13:00
Croatia  v  Austria

9 May 2015
15:00
Bulgaria  v  Spain

12 May 2015
17:00
Austria  v  Bulgaria

12 May 2015
17:00
Croatia  v  Spain

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Czech Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Slovenia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Belgium 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 6 May 2015. Source: UEFA

6 May 2015
19:00
Belgium  v  Germany

9 May 2015
19:00
Slovenia  v  Germany

12 May 2015
19:00
Slovenia  v  Belgium

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Greece 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Russia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 7 May 2015. Source: UEFA

7 May 2015
16:00
Greece  v  Russia

7 May 2015
17:00
Scotland  v  France

10 May 2015
16:00
Russia  v  France

10 May 2015
17:00
Greece  v  Scotland

13 May 2015
17:00
France  v  Greece

13 May 2015
17:00
Russia  v  Scotland

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Republic of Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 7 May 2015. Source: UEFA

7 May 2015
19:00
Italy  v  England


13 May 2015
19:00
Netherlands  v  Italy

Knockout stage[edit]

In the knockout stage, penalty shoot-out is used to decide the winner if necessary (no extra time is played).[3]

Bracket[edit]

 
Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 
                   
 
15 May – Burgas or Stara Zagora
 
 
Winner Group A
 
19 May – Burgas or Stara Zagora
 
Runner-up Group B
 
Winner Quarter-final 1
 
16 May – Burgas or Stara Zagora
 
Winner Quarter-final 3
 
Winner Group C
 
22 May – Burgas
 
Runner-up Group D
 
Winner Semi-final 1
 
15 May – Burgas or Stara Zagora
 
Winner Semi-final 2
 
Winner Group B
 
19 May – Burgas or Stara Zagora
 
Runner-up Group A
 
Winner Quarter-final 2
 
16 May – Burgas or Stara Zagora
 
Winner Quarter-final 4
 
Winner Group D
 
 
Runner-up Group C
 


 
FIFA U-17 World Cup play-offs  
 
           
 
19 May – Sliven
 
 
Loser Quarter-final 1
 
 
Loser Quarter-final 3
 
 
19 May – Sozopol
 
 
Loser Quarter-final 2
 
 
Loser Quarter-final 4
 

Quarter-finals[edit]

Winners qualify for 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Losers play in FIFA U-17 World Cup play-offs.

Note: Kick-off times and venues will be decided after completion of groups (12 May for Groups A and B, 13 May for Groups C and D).

15 May 2015
16:00 or 19:00
Winner Group A Quarter-final 1 Runner-up Group B

15 May 2015
16:00 or 19:00
Winner Group B Quarter-final 2 Runner-up Group A

16 May 2015
16:00 or 19:00
Winner Group C Quarter-final 3 Runner-up Group D

16 May 2015
16:00 or 19:00
Winner Group D Quarter-final 4 Runner-up Group C

FIFA U-17 World Cup play-offs[edit]

Winners qualify for 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

19 May 2015
16:00
Loser Quarter-final 1 v Loser Quarter-final 3

19 May 2015
16:00
Loser Quarter-final 2 v Loser Quarter-final 4

Semi-finals[edit]

Note: Kick-off times and venues will be decided after completion of quarter-finals (16 May).

19 May 2015
16:00 or 19:00
Winner Quarter-final 1 Semi-final 1 Winner Quarter-final 3

19 May 2015
16:00 or 19:00
Winner Quarter-final 2 Semi-final 2 Winner Quarter-final 4

Final[edit]

22 May 2015
20:00
Winner Semi-final 1 v Winner Semi-final 2

References[edit]

External links[edit]