2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship
The 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship was the 15th edition of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship (65th edition if the Under-18 and Junior eras are included), the annual European international youth football championship contested by the men's under-19 national teams of UEFA member associations. Germany, which were selected by UEFA on 20 March 2012, hosted the tournament between 11 and 24 July 2016.
|Dates||11–24 July 2016|
|Teams||8 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||10 (in 9 host cities)|
|Champions||France (8th title)|
|Goals scored||55 (3.44 per match)|
|Attendance||162,972 (10,186 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Jean-Kévin Augustin|
|Best player(s)||Jean-Kévin Augustin|
A total of eight teams competed in the final tournament, with players born on or after 1 January 1997 eligible to participate.
Same as previous editions held in even-numbered years, the tournament acted as the UEFA qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The top five teams qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea as the UEFA representatives. This was decreased from the previous six teams, as FIFA decided to give one of the slots originally reserved for UEFA to the Oceania Football Confederation starting from 2017.
The national teams from all 54 UEFA member associations entered the competition. With Germany automatically qualified as hosts, the other 53 teams contested a qualifying competition to determine the remaining seven spots in the final tournament. The qualifying competition consisted of two rounds: the qualifying round, which took place in autumn 2015, and the elite round, which took place in spring 2016.
The following eight teams qualified for the final tournament:
Note: All appearance statistics include only U-19 era (since 2002).
|Team||Method of qualification||Finals appearance||Last appearance||Previous best performance|
|Germany||Hosts||8th||2015||Champions (2008, 2014)|
|England||Elite round Group 1 winners||8th||2012||Runners-up (2005, 2009)|
|Italy||Elite round Group 2 winners||5th||2010||Champions (2003)|
|Austria||Elite round Group 3 winners||7th||2015||Semi-finals (2003, 2006, 2014)|
|Netherlands||Elite round Group 4 winners||4th||2015||Group stage (2010, 2013, 2015)|
|Croatia||Elite round Group 5 winners||3rd||2012||Semi-finals (2010)|
|Portugal||Elite round Group 6 winners||8th||2014||Runners-up (2003, 2014)|
|France||Elite round Group 7 winners||9th||2015||Champions (2005, 2010)|
The final draw was held on 12 April 2016, 18:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. The eight teams were drawn into two groups of four teams. There was no seeding, except that hosts Germany were assigned to position A1 in the draw.
The tournament was hosted in ten venues:
|Stadion an der Kreuzeiche|
|Gazi-Stadion auf der Waldau
Each national team had to submit a squad of 18 players.
A total of 6 referees, 8 assistant referees and 2 fourth officials were appointed for the final tournament.
The final tournament schedule was confirmed on 18 April 2016.
The group winners and runners-up advanced to the semi-finals and qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The third-placed teams entered the FIFA U-20 World Cup play-off.
The teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If two or more teams were equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following tie-breaking criteria were applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings:
- Higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question;
- Superior goal difference resulting from the group matches played among the teams in question;
- Higher number of goals scored in the group matches played among the teams in question;
- If, after having applied criteria 1 to 3, teams still had an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 3 were reapplied exclusively to the group matches between the teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure did not lead to a decision, criteria 5 to 9 applied;
- Superior goal difference in all group matches;
- Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
- If only two teams had the same number of points, and they were tied according to criteria 1 to 6 after having met in the last round of the group stage, their rankings were determined by a penalty shoot-out (not used if more than two teams had the same number of points, or if their rankings were not relevant for qualification for the next stage).
- 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);
- Drawing of lots.
|1||Portugal||3||1||2||0||6||5||+1||5||Knockout stage and|
2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup
|3||Germany (H)||3||1||0||2||6||5||+1||3||FIFA U-20 World Cup play-off|
|Report||Dimarco 78' (pen.)|
|Empis 53'||Report||Jakupovic 10'|
|Locatelli 24'||Report||Schlager 21'|
|Ochs 12', 68' (pen.), 90+3' (pen.)||Report||Abubakar 37'
G. Rodrigues 48'
A. Silva 70'
|Dimarco 15' (pen.)||Report||Buta 86'|
|1||England||3||3||0||0||6||3||+3||9||Knockout stage and|
2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup
|3||Netherlands||3||1||0||2||5||8||−3||3||FIFA U-20 World Cup play-off|
|Brekalo 43'||Report||Bergwijn 17', 85'
|Augustin 33'||Report||Michelin 3' (o.g.)
|Lammers 10'||Report||Solanke 36'
Anočić 10' (o.g.)
On 2 May 2016, the UEFA Executive Committee agreed that the competition would be part of the International Football Association Board's trial to allow a fourth substitute to be made during extra time. In the FIFA U-20 World Cup play-off, Michel Vlap of the Netherlands became the first ever fourth substitute, replacing Laros Duarte at half-time in extra time, followed later by Emmanuel Iyoha of Germany replacing Jannes Horn in the 110th minute.
|21 July – Mannheim|
|24 July – Sinsheim|
|21 July – Mannheim|
|World Cup play-off|
|21 July – Sandhausen|
FIFA U-20 World Cup play-offEdit
Winner qualified for 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Van der Heijden 88'
Van der Heijden
|Picchi 85' (o.g.)||Report||Dimarco 27' (pen.), 60'|
|Pacheco 3'||Report||Blas 10'
Mbappé 67', 75'
- 6 goals
- 5 goals
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- 1 own goal
Team of the TournamentEdit
Source: UEFA Technical Report
Qualified teams for FIFA U-20 World CupEdit
|Team||Qualified on||Previous appearances in tournament1|
|France||18 July 2016||5 (1977, 1997, 2001, 2011, 2013)|
|Italy||17 July 2016||5 (1977, 1981, 1987, 2005, 2009)|
|England||15 July 2016||10 (1981, 1985, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2013)|
|Portugal||17 July 2016||10 (1979, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015)|
|Germany||21 July 2016||10 (1981, 1987, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2015)|
- 1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.
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