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2018 UEFA European Under-17 Championship

The 2018 UEFA European Under-17 Championship (also known as 2018 UEFA Under-17 Euro) was the 17th edition of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship (36th edition if the Under-16 era is also included), the annual international youth football championship organised by UEFA for the men's under-17 national teams of Europe. England, which were selected by UEFA on 26 January 2015, hosted the tournament.[1]

2018 UEFA European Under-17 Championship
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Tournament details
Host countryEngland
Dates4–20 May 2018
Teams16
Venue(s)6 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Netherlands (3rd title)
Runners-up Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played31
Goals scored73 (2.35 per match)
Top scorer(s)Belgium Yorbe Vertessen
Italy Edoardo Vergani
(4 goals each)
2017
2019

A total of 16 teams played in the tournament, with players born on or after 1 January 2001 eligible to participate. Each match had a duration of 80 minutes, consisting of two halves of 40 minutes with a 15-minute half-time.

The Netherlands won their third title by beating Italy 4–1 on penalties in the final after a 2–2 draw.[2] Spain were the defending champions, but were eliminated by Belgium in the quarter-finals.

QualificationEdit

All 55 UEFA nations entered the competition (including Kosovo who entered for the first time), and with the hosts England qualifying automatically, the other 54 teams competed in the qualifying competition to determine the remaining 15 spots in the final tournament.[3] The qualifying competition consisted of two rounds: Qualifying round, which took place in autumn 2017, and Elite round, which took place in spring 2018.[4]

Qualified teamsEdit

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

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

Team Method of qualification Appearance Last appearance Previous best performance
  England Hosts 13th 2017 (runners-up) Champions (2010, 2014)
  Serbia Elite round Group 1 winners 7th 2017 (group stage) Quarter-finals (2002)
  Spain Elite round Group 1 runners-up 12th 2017 (champions) Champions (2007, 2008, 2017)
  Sweden Elite round Group 2 winners 3rd 2016 (quarter-finals) Semi-finals (2013)
  Belgium Elite round Group 2 runners-up[^] 6th 2016 (quarter-finals) Semi-finals (2007, 2015)
  Republic of Ireland Elite round Group 3 winners 4th 2017 (quarter-finals) Quarter-finals (2017)
   Switzerland Elite round Group 4 winners 8th 2014 (group stage) Champions (2002)
  Portugal Elite round Group 4 runners-up[^] 7th 2016 (champions) Champions (2003, 2016)
  Netherlands Elite round Group 5 winners 12th 2017 (quarter-finals) Champions (2011, 2012)
  Italy Elite round Group 5 runners-up[^] 8th 2017 (group stage) Runners-up (2013)
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Elite round Group 6 winners 3rd 2017 (group stage) Group stage (2016, 2017)
  Denmark Elite round Group 6 runners-up[^] 5th 2016 (group stage) Semi-finals (2011)
  Slovenia Elite round Group 7 winners 3rd 2015 (group stage) Group stage (2012, 2015)
  Israel Elite round Group 7 runners-up[^] 3rd 2005 (group stage) Group stage (2003, 2005)
  Norway Elite round Group 8 winners 2nd 2017 (group stage) Group stage (2017)
  Germany Elite round Group 8 runners-up[^] 11th 2017 (semi-finals) Champions (2009)
Notes
  1. ^ The best seven runners-up among all eight elite round groups qualified for the final tournament.

Final drawEdit

The final draw was held on 5 April 2018, 17:30 BST (UTC+1), at the St George's Park in Burton, England.[6] The 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four teams. Hosts England were assigned to position A1 in the draw, while the other teams were seeded according to their results in the qualification elite round, with the seven best elite round group winners (counting all elite round results) placed in Pot 1 and drawn to positions 1 and 2 in the groups, and the remaining eight teams (the eighth-best elite round group winner and the seven elite round group runners-up) placed in Pot 2 and drawn to positions 3 and 4 in the groups.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Seeding
1   England (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Host (A1)
2 3   Republic of Ireland 3 3 0 0 6 0 +6 9 Pot 1
3 5   Netherlands 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5 9
4 1   Serbia 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
5 8   Norway 3 2 1 0 7 3 +4 7
6 7   Slovenia 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7
7 4    Switzerland 3 2 1 0 7 4 +3 7
8 6   Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 2 0 1 4 4 0 6
9 2   Sweden 3 1 2 0 1 0 +1 5 Pot 2
10 4   Portugal 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7 Pot 2
11 7   Israel 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 6
12 6   Denmark 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 6[a]
13 5   Italy 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 6[a]
14 1   Spain 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 5
15 8   Germany 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 4
16 2   Belgium 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) disciplinary points; 5) coefficient; 6) drawing of lots.
(H) Host.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Ranked by disciplinary points (Denmark: 4 pts; Italy: 6 pts).

VenuesEdit

The tournament took place at six venues across the Midlands and South Yorkshire. England's opening match took place at the Proact Stadium in Chesterfield with the final taking place at the New York Stadium in Rotherham.

Rotherham Chesterfield Walsall
New York Stadium Proact Stadium Bescot Stadium
Capacity: 12,023 Capacity: 10,504 Capacity: 11,300
     
Burton Loughborough
Pirelli Stadium St George's Park Loughborough University Stadium
Capacity: 6,912 Capacity: 1,500 Capacity: 3,300
     

Match officialsEdit

A total of 8 referees, 12 assistant referees and 4 fourth officials were appointed for the final tournament.[7]

SquadsEdit

Each national team submitted a squad of 20 players (Regulations Article 40).[4]

Group stageEdit

The final tournament schedule was confirmed on 10 April 2018.[8]

The group winners and runners-up advance to the quarter-finals.

Tiebreakers

In the group stage, teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Articles 17.01 and 17.02):[4]

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
  5. Goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Goals scored in all group matches;
  7. Penalty shoot-out if only two teams have the same number of points, and they met in the last round of the group and are tied after applying all criteria above (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);
  8. Disciplinary points (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);
  9. UEFA coefficient for the qualifying round draw;
  10. Drawing of lots.

All times are local, BST (UTC+1).

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Italy 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6[a] Knockout stage
2   England (H) 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6[a]
3    Switzerland 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6[a]
4   Israel 3 0 0 3 1 7 −6 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Head-to-head results: Italy 2–0 Switzerland, England 2–1 Italy, Switzerland 1–0 England. Head-to-head standings:
    • Italy: 3 pts, +1 GD
    • England: 3 pts, 0 GD
    • Switzerland: 3 pts, −1 GD
Italy  2–0   Switzerland
Report
Referee: Zbyněk Proske (Czech Republic)
England  2–1  Israel
Report
Referee: Halil Umut Meler (Turkey)

Switzerland   3–0  Israel
Report
Referee: Juri Frischer (Estonia)
England  2–1  Italy
Report
Referee: Vilhjalmur Thorarinsson (Iceland)

Switzerland   1–0  England
Report
Referee: Horatiu Fesnic (Romania)
Israel  0–2  Italy
Report
Referee: Tihomir Pejin (Croatia)

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Norway 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7 Knockout stage
2   Sweden 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
3   Portugal 3 1 1 1 4 1 +3 4
4   Slovenia 3 0 0 3 0 8 −8 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Portugal  0–0  Norway
Report
Referee: Dennis Higler (Netherlands)
Slovenia  0–2  Sweden
Report

Norway  2–1  Sweden
Report
Referee: Horatiu Fesnic (Romania)
Slovenia  0–4  Portugal
Report
Referee: Tihomir Pejin (Croatia)

Norway  2–0  Slovenia
Report
Sweden  1–0  Portugal
Report
Referee: Juri Frischer (Estonia)

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Belgium 3 3 0 0 7 0 +7 9 Knockout stage
2   Republic of Ireland 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 6
3   Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 1 0 2 3 8 −5 3
4   Denmark 3 0 0 3 2 5 −3 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Denmark  2–3  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Report
Referee: Juri Frischer (Estonia)
Republic of Ireland  0–2  Belgium
Report
Referee: Vilhjalmur Thorarinsson (Iceland)

Republic of Ireland  1–0  Denmark
Report
Referee: Zbynek Proske (Czech Republic)
Bosnia and Herzegovina  0–4  Belgium
Report
Referee: Dennis Higler (Netherlands)

Bosnia and Herzegovina  0–2  Republic of Ireland
Report
Referee: Halil Umut Meler (Turkey)
Belgium  1–0  Denmark
Report
Referee: Zbyněk Proske (Czech Republic)

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Netherlands 3 3 0 0 7 0 +7 9 Knockout stage
2   Spain 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6
3   Germany 3 1 0 2 4 8 −4 3
4   Serbia 3 0 0 3 0 6 −6 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Germany  0–3  Netherlands
Report
Referee: Tihomir Pejin (Croatia)
Serbia  0–1  Spain
Report
Referee: Horatiu Fesnic (Romania)

Serbia  0–3  Germany
Report
Netherlands  2–0  Spain
Report
Referee: Halil Umut Meler (Turkey)

Netherlands  2–0  Serbia
Report
Referee: Vilhjalmur Thorarinsson (Iceland)
Spain  5–1  Germany
Report
Referee: Dennis Higler (Netherlands)

Knockout stageEdit

In the knockout stage, penalty shoot-out is used to decide the winner if necessary (no extra time is played).[4]

BracketEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
13 May – Rotherham
 
 
  Italy1
 
17 May – Rotherham
 
  Sweden0
 
  Italy2
 
14 May – Walsall
 
  Belgium1
 
  Belgium2
 
20 May – Rotherham
 
  Spain1
 
  Italy2 (1)
 
13 May – Burton
 
  Netherlands (p)2 (4)
 
  Norway0
 
17 May – Chesterfield
 
  England2
 
  England0 (5)
 
14 May – Chesterfield
 
  Netherlands (p)0 (6)
 
  Netherlands (p)1 (5)
 
 
  Republic of Ireland1 (4)
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

Italy  1–0  Sweden
Report
Referee: Dennis Higler (Netherlands)

Norway  0–2  England
Report
Referee: Juri Frischer (Estonia)

Belgium  2–1  Spain
Report

Netherlands  1–1  Republic of Ireland
Report
Penalties
5–4

Semi-finalsEdit

Italy  2–1  Belgium
Report
Referee: Vilhjalmur Thorarinsson (Iceland)

England  0–0  Netherlands
Report
Penalties
5–6
Attendance: 7,952
Referee: Horatiu Fesnic (Romania)

FinalEdit

Italy  2–2  Netherlands
Report
Penalties
1–4
Referee: Halil Umut Meler (Turkey)

GoalscorersEdit

Team of the tournamentEdit

The UEFA technical observers selected the following 11 players for the team of the tournament (previously a squad of 18 players were selected):[10]

Goalkeeper
Defenders
Defensive midfielders
Attacking midfielders
Forward

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "U17 finals destined for Croatia and England". UEFA. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Netherlands win #U17EURO: at a glance". UEFA.com. 20 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Seedings for 2017/18 U17 qualifying round". UEFA. 24 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "Regulations of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship, 2017/18" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  5. ^ "UEFA European Under-17 Championship England 2018". UEFA Programmes.
  6. ^ "Under-17 final tournament draw". UEFA.com.
  7. ^ "UEFA matchday programmes". UEFA matchday programmes. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  8. ^ "Under-17 EURO finals schedule confirmed". UEFA.com. 10 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Statistics — Tournament phase — Player statistics — Goals". UEFA.com. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Under-17 EURO team of the tournament". UEFA.com. 16 June 2018.

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