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.[2]

2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship
U-19-Fußball-Europameisterschaft 2016
2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.png
Tournament details
Host country Germany
Dates11–24 July 2016
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)10 (in 9 host cities)
Final positions
Champions France (8th title)
Runners-up Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored55 (3.44 per match)
Attendance162,972 (10,186 per match)
Top scorer(s)France Jean-Kévin Augustin
(6 goals)
Best player(s)France Jean-Kévin Augustin[1]
2015
2017

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.[3]

QualificationEdit

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.[4] 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.[5]

Qualified teamsEdit

The following eight teams qualified for the final tournament:[6]

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)

Final drawEdit

The final draw was held on 12 April 2016, 18:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart, Germany.[7] 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.[8]

VenuesEdit

The tournament was hosted in ten venues:[9]

Aalen Aspach Heidenheim Mannheim Reutlingen
Städtisches Waldstadion
Capacity: 14,500
Mechatronik Arena
Capacity: 10,000
Voith-Arena
Capacity: 15,000
Carl-Benz-Stadion
Capacity: 27,000
Stadion an der Kreuzeiche
Capacity: 15,228
         
Sandhausen Sinsheim Stuttgart Ulm
Hardtwaldstadion
Capacity: 15,300
Rhein-Neckar-Arena
Capacity: 30,150
Mercedes-Benz Arena
Capacity: 60,449
Gazi-Stadion auf der Waldau
Capacity: 11,490
Donaustadion
Capacity: 19,500
         

SquadsEdit

Each national team had to submit a squad of 18 players.[5]

Match officialsEdit

A total of 6 referees, 8 assistant referees and 2 fourth officials were appointed for the final tournament.[10]

Group stageEdit

 
Results of teams participating in 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship

The final tournament schedule was confirmed on 18 April 2016.[11]

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.

Tiebreakers

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:[5]

  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 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;
  5. Superior goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  7. 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).
  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 were local, CEST (UTC+2).[12]

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Portugal 3 1 2 0 6 5 +1 5 Knockout stage and
2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup
2   Italy 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
3   Germany (H) 3 1 0 2 6 5 +1 3 FIFA U-20 World Cup play-off
4   Austria 3 0 2 1 2 5 −3 2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Germany  0–1  Italy
Report Dimarco   78' (pen.)
Portugal  1–1  Austria
Empis   53' Report Jakupovic   10'
Attendance: 2,158[13]
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (Israel)

Italy  1–1  Austria
Locatelli   24' Report Schlager   21'
Germany  3–4  Portugal
Ochs   12'68' (pen.)90+3' (pen.) Report Abubakar   37'
G. Rodrigues   48'
A. Silva   70'
Buta   73'
Attendance: 7,250[13]
Referee: Bart Vertenten (Belgium)

Austria  0–3  Germany
Report Neumann   50'
Teuchert   52'
Gül   87'
Attendance: 13,328[13]
Referee: Anatoliy Zhabchenko (Ukraine)
Italy  1–1  Portugal
Dimarco   15' (pen.) Report Buta   86'

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   England 3 3 0 0 6 3 +3 9 Knockout stage and
2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup
2   France 3 2 0 1 8 3 +5 6
3   Netherlands 3 1 0 2 5 8 −3 3 FIFA U-20 World Cup play-off
4   Croatia 3 0 0 3 2 7 −5 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Croatia  1–3  Netherlands
Brekalo   43' Report Bergwijn   17'85'
Lammers   33'
Attendance: 6,150[13]
Referee: Anatoliy Zhabchenko (Ukraine)
France  1−2  England
Augustin   33' Report Michelin   3' (o.g.)
Solanke   9'
Attendance: 2,344[13]

Netherlands  1–2  England
Lammers   10' Report Solanke   36'
Brown   90+2'
Attendance: 3,928[13]
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (Israel)
Croatia  0–2  France
Report Augustin   37'
Mbappé   69'

England  2–1  Croatia
Brown   4'
Anočić   10' (o.g.)
Report Moro   58'
Netherlands  1–5  France
Nouri   36' (pen.) Report Mbappé   10'63'
Augustin   29'48'75'
Attendance: 7,711[13]
Referee: Bart Vertenten (Belgium)

Knockout stageEdit

In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary.[5]

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.[14] 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.[15][16]

BracketEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
21 July – Mannheim
 
 
  Portugal1
 
24 July – Sinsheim
 
  France3
 
  France4
 
21 July – Mannheim
 
  Italy0
 
  England1
 
 
  Italy2
 
World Cup play-off
 
 
21 July – Sandhausen
 
 
  Germany3 (5)
 
 
  Netherlands3 (4)

FIFA U-20 World Cup play-offEdit

Winner qualified for 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Germany  3–3 (a.e.t.)  Netherlands
Ochs   44'
Serdar   90+3'
Mehlem   96'
Report Nouri   81'
Van der Heijden   88'
Lammers   111'
Penalties
Ochs  
Gül  
Mittelstädt  
Condé  
Gimber  
Henrichs  
5–4   Verdonk
  Lammers
  Van der Heijden
  Rosario
  Nouri
  Vlap

Semi-finalsEdit

England  1–2  Italy
Picchi   85' (o.g.) Report Dimarco   27' (pen.)60'
Attendance: 7,412[13]
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (Israel)

Portugal  1–3  France
Pacheco   3' Report Blas   10'
Mbappé   67'75'

FinalEdit

France  4–0  Italy
Augustin   6'
Blas   19'
Tousart   82'
Diop   90+2'
Report

GoalscorersEdit

6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

Source: UEFA.com[17]

Team of the TournamentEdit

Source: UEFA Technical Report[13]

Qualified teams for FIFA U-20 World CupEdit

The following five teams from UEFA qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[18]

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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2016: Jean-Kévin Augustin". UEFA.com.
  2. ^ "Germany, Greece and Hungary given U19 finals". UEFA. 20 March 2012.
  3. ^ "FIFA executive vows to improve governance and boost female participation in football". FIFA.com. 25 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Seedings for Under-19 qualifying round draw". UEFA.com. 20 November 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d "Regulations of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship, 2015/16" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  6. ^ "England oust Spain as U19 finals lineup complete". UEFA.com. 30 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Final tournament draw". UEFA.com.
  8. ^ "Hosts Germany discover Under-19 finals fate". UEFA.com. 12 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Venue guide: Germany 2016". UEFA.com. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Match officials". UEFA.com.
  11. ^ "Match schedule for Under-19 finals". UEFA.com. 18 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Final Match Schedule" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Technical Report" (PDF). UEFA.com. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  14. ^ "FIFA Executive Committee approves key priorities to restore trust in FIFA". UEFA. 2 May 2016.
  15. ^ "History made as teams bring on fourth substitutes". UEFA.com. 21 July 2015.
  16. ^ "The IFAB". Twitter. 23 July 2016.
  17. ^ "Statistics — Tournament phase — Player statistics — Goals". UEFA.com. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  18. ^ "Quintet secure Korea spots". FIFA.com. 21 July 2016.

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