2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship
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.
The official logo of the tournament
|Venue(s)||3 (in 3 host cities)|
|Champions||England (2nd title)|
|Goals scored||46 (3.07 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Dominic Solanke|
|Best player(s)||Steven Bergwijn|
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. This edition marked the first appearance of a national team from Gibraltar, and was the first UEFA competition allowing referees to use a vanishing spray when setting free kicks. Live broadcast was provided by Eurosport 2 and Eurosport International.
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 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.
|Country||Qualified as||Previous appearances in tournament1|
|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)
The draw for the group stage of the final tournament was held on 9 April 2014 at Saint James Cavalier in Valletta. 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.
Fixtures and match schedule were confirmed by UEFA on 15 April 2014.
If two or more teams were equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following tie-breaking criteria were 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|
|Verdonk 54' (pen.)
|Report||Roberts 15', 48'
|Solanke 22', 49'
|Report||Schuurman 5', 27', 42'
Bergwijn 13', 69'
|Alici 43', 58'
Aktay 70', 76'
van der Moot 68'
|Henrichs 58'||Report||Babic 72'|
|P. Rodrigues 51'||Report|
|18 May – Attard|
|21 May – Attard|
|18 May – Attard|
|England (p)||1 (4)|
|Verdonk 35' (pen.)
Van der Moot 73'
Team of the TournamentEdit
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
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