2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship
The 2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship (also known as UEFA Under-19 Euro 2017) was the 16th edition of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship (66th edition if the Under-18 and Junior eras are included), the annual international youth football championship organised by UEFA for the men's under-19 national teams of Europe. Georgia, which were selected by UEFA on 26 January 2015, hosted the tournament.
|2017 უეფას 19-წლამდელთა ევროპის ჩემპიონატი|
|Dates||2–15 July 2017|
|Teams||8 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 2 host cities)|
|Champions||England (10th title)|
|Goals scored||39 (2.6 per match)|
|Attendance||53,707 (3,580 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Ben Brereton|
(3 goals each)
|Best player(s)||Mason Mount|
A total of eight teams played in the tournament, with players born on or after 1 January 1998 eligible to participate.
All 54 UEFA nations entered the competition, and with the hosts Georgia qualifying automatically, the other 53 teams competed in the qualifying competition to determine the remaining seven spots in the final tournament. The qualifying competition consisted of two rounds: Qualifying round, which took place in autumn 2016, and Elite round, which took place in spring 2017.
Note: All appearance statistics include only U-19 era (since 2002).
|Team||Method of qualification||Finals appearance||Last appearance||Previous best performance|
|Georgia||Hosts||2nd||2013||Group stage (2013)|
|Netherlands||Elite round Group 1 winners||5th||2016||Group stage (2010, 2013, 2015, 2016)|
|Germany||Elite round Group 2 winners||9th||2016||Champions (2008, 2014)|
|England||Elite round Group 3 winners||9th||2016||Runners-up (2005, 2009)|
|Portugal||Elite round Group 4 winners||9th||2016||Runners-up (2003, 2014)|
|Bulgaria||Elite round Group 5 winners||3rd||2014||Group stage (2008, 2014)|
|Czech Republic||Elite round Group 6 winners||6th||2011||Runners-up (2011)|
|Sweden||Elite round Group 7 winners||1st||–||Debut|
The final draw was held in 13 April 2017, 14:00 GET (UTC+4), at the Ballroom of Hotels & Preference Hualing in Tbilisi, Georgia. The eight teams were drawn into two groups of four teams. There was no seeding, except that hosts Georgia were assigned to position A1 in the draw.
The final tournament matches were held in four stadium venues located in two cities:
|Mikheil Meskhi Stadium||Tbilisi||27,000|
|Mikheil Meskhi Stadium-2||Tbilisi||2,000|
|David Petriashvili Stadium||Tbilisi||3,000|
|Tengiz Burjanadze Stadium||Gori||5,000|
A total of 6 referees, 8 assistant referees and 2 fourth officials were appointed for the final tournament.
Each national team have to submit a squad of 18 players.
The final tournament schedule was confirmed on 24 April 2017.
The group winners and runners-up advance to the semi-finals.
The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). 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 (Regulations Articles 17.01 and 17.02):
- 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 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;
- Superior goal difference in all group matches;
- Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
- 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 rankings are determined by a penalty shoot-out (not used if more than two teams have the same number of points, or if their rankings are 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);
- Higher position in the coefficient ranking list used for the qualifying round draw;
- Drawing of lots.
|Gyökeres 77'||Report||Turyna 42', 55'|
|Report||Rui Pedro 66' (pen.)|
|Graiciar 40'||Report||Djú 35'
Rui Pedro 74'
João Filipe 87' (pen.)
|Barkok 46'||Report||Piroe 49', 65', 79'
Gül 19' (pen.)
Friede 54' (pen.)
|Brereton 52' (pen.), 64'
Sessegnon 80', 84'
On 2 May 2016, the UEFA Executive Committee agreed that the competition would be part of the International Football Association Board (IFAB)'s trial to allow a fourth substitute to be made during extra time. On 1 June 2017, it was also announced as part of a trial sanctioned by the IFAB to reduce the advantage of the team shooting first in a penalty shoot-out, a different sequence of taking penalties, known as "ABBA", that mirrors the serving sequence in a tennis tiebreak would be used if a penalty shoot-out was needed (team A kicks first, team B kicks second):
- Original sequence
- AB AB AB AB AB (sudden death starts) AB AB etc.
- Trial sequence
- AB BA AB BA AB (sudden death starts) BA AB etc.
|12 July – Tbilisi|
|15 July – Gori|
|12 July – Tbilisi|
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- 1 own goal
- Dujon Sterling (playing against Portugal)
Team of the TournamentEdit
Source: UEFA Technical Report
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- "Regulations of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship, 2016/17" (PDF). UEFA.com.
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- "Under-19 finals draw matches England and Germany". UEFA.com. 13 April 2017.
- "Technical Report — Results". UEFA.com.
- "Under-19 finals schedule and TV matches set". UEFA.com. 7 April 2017.
- "Final Match Schedule" (PDF). UEFA.com.
- "FIFA Executive Committee approves key priorities to restore trust in FIFA". UEFA. 2 May 2016.
- "Penalty shoot-outs could soon resemble tennis tie-breaks". The Telegraph. 3 March 2017.
- "Comprehensive bidding regulations approved for all finals and final tournaments". UEFA.org. 1 June 2017.
- "Statistics — Tournament phase — Player statistics — Goals". UEFA.com. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
- "Technical Report — Team of the Tournament". UEFA.com.