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2018 UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship

The 2018 UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship (also known as UEFA Women's Under-17 Euro 2018) was the 11th edition of the UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship, the annual international youth football championship organised by UEFA for the women's under-17 national teams of Europe. Lithuania, which were selected by UEFA on 26 January 2015, hosted the tournament.[2]

2018 UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship
2018 UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship logo.jpeg
Tournament details
Host countryLithuania
Dates9–21 May 2018[1]
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Spain (4th title)
Runners-up Germany
Third place Finland
Fourth place England
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored61 (3.81 per match)
Top scorer(s)Germany Shekiera Martinez
(9 goals)
2017
2019

A total of eight 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.

Same as previous editions held in even-numbered years, the tournament acted as the UEFA qualifiers for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. The top three teams of the tournament qualified for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Uruguay as the UEFA representatives.

Spain won their fourth title by beating defending champions Germany 2–0 in the final.[3]

Contents

QualificationEdit

A total of 46 UEFA nations entered the competition, and with the hosts Lithuania qualifying automatically, the other 45 teams competed in the qualifying competition to determine the remaining seven spots in the final tournament.[4] The qualifying competition consisted of two rounds: Qualifying round, which took place in autumn 2017, and Elite round, which took place in spring 2018.[5]

Qualified teamsEdit

The following teams qualified for the final tournament.[6]

Team Method of qualification Appearance Last appearance Previous best performance
  Lithuania Hosts 1st Debut
  Netherlands Elite round Group 1 winners 3rd 2017 (semi-finals) Fourth place (2010), Semi-finals (2017)
  Finland Elite round Group 2 winners 1st Debut
  Spain Elite round Group 3 winners 9th 2017 (runners-up) Champions (2010, 2011, 2015)
  Italy Elite round Group 4 winners 3rd 2016 (group stage) Third place (2014)
  England Elite round Group 5 winners 6th 2017 (group stage) Third place (2016)
  Poland Elite round Group 6 winners 2nd 2013 (champions) Champions (2013)
  Germany Elite round Group 7 winners 10th 2017 (champions) Champions (2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017)

Final drawEdit

The final draw was held on 6 April 2018, 10:00 EEST (UTC+3), at the Kaunas State Musical Theatre in Kaunas, Lithuania.[7] The eight teams were drawn into two groups of four teams. There was no seeding, except that hosts Lithuania were assigned to position A1 in the draw.

VenuesEdit

In January 2015 Lithuanian Football Federation announced plans to host championships in Kaunas, Alytus, Marijampolė and Jonava, although Central stadium of Jonava had to improve the conditions in stadium.[8] In early 2018 it was announced that competition would be held in three cities: Alytus, Marijampolė and Šiauliai.[9]

Marijampolė Alytus Šiauliai
Sūduva Stadium Alytus Stadium Savivaldybė Stadium
Capacity: 6,500 Capacity: 3,748 Capacity: 4,000
   

Match officialsEdit

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

SquadsEdit

Each national team submitted a squad of 20 players (Regulations Article 41).[5]

Group stageEdit

The final tournament schedule was confirmed on 12 April 2018.[10]

The group winners and runners-up advance to the semi-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):[5]

  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, EEST (UTC+3).

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Germany 3 2 1 0 12 3 +9 7 Knockout stage
2   Finland 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4 6
3   Netherlands 3 1 1 1 12 4 +8 4
4   Lithuania (H) 3 0 0 3 0 21 −21 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Finland  1–2  Germany
Report
Referee: Irena Velevačkoska (Macedonia)
Lithuania  0–9  Netherlands
Report
Referee: Hristiana Guteva (Bulgaria)

Germany  2–2  Netherlands
Report
Referee: Désirée Grundbacher (Switzerland)
Lithuania  0–4  Finland
Report

Germany  8–0  Lithuania
Report
Referee: Kateryna Usova (Ukraine)
Netherlands  1–2  Finland
Report
Referee: Frida Nielsen (Denmark)

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Spain 3 2 1 0 7 1 +6 7 Knockout stage
2   England 3 1 1 1 7 4 +3 4
3   Italy 3 0 2 1 0 4 −4 2
4   Poland 3 0 2 1 2 7 −5 2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Italy  0–0  Spain
Report
Referee: Frida Nielsen (Denmark)
Poland  2–2  England
Report

Spain  2–1  England
Report
Referee: Kateryna Usova (Ukraine)
Poland  0–0  Italy
Report
Referee: Hristiana Guteva (Bulgaria)

Spain  5–0  Poland
Report
Referee: Désirée Grundbacher (Switzerland)
England  4–0  Italy
Report
Referee: Irena Velevačkoska (Macedonia)

Knockout stageEdit

In the knockout stage, penalty shoot-out is used to decide the winner if necessary (no extra time is played).[5]

BracketEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
18 May – Alytus
 
 
  Germany8
 
21 May – Marijampolė
 
  England0
 
  Germany0
 
18 May – Marijampolė
 
  Spain2
 
  Spain1
 
 
  Finland0
 
World Cup play-off
 
 
21 May – Alytus
 
 
  England1
 
 
  Finland2

Semi-finalsEdit

Winners qualify for 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. Losers enter the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup play-off.

Germany  8–0  England
Report
Referee: Hristiana Guteva (Bulgaria)

Spain  1–0  Finland
Report
Referee: Lucie Šulcová (Czech Republic)

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup play-offEdit

Winner qualifies for 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.

England  1–2  Finland
Report
Referee: Frida Nielsen (Denmark)

FinalEdit

Germany  0–2  Spain
Report
Referee: Désirée Grundbacher (Switzerland)

Qualified teams for FIFA U-17 Women's World CupEdit

The following three teams from UEFA qualified for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.[11]

Team Qualified on Previous appearances in FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup1
  Germany 18 May 2018 5 (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
  Spain 18 May 2018 3 (2010, 2014, 2016)
  Finland 21 May 2018 0 (debut)
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

GoalscorersEdit

Note: Goals scored in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup play-off are included in this list, but are not counted by UEFA for statistical purposes.

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

Source: UEFA.com[12]

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):[13]

Goalkeeper
Defenders
Midfielders
Forwards

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2017/18 UEFA Women's calendar" (PDF). UEFA.com. UEFA.
  2. ^ "Women's U17s set for Czech Republic, Lithuania". UEFA.com. 26 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Spain win #WU17EURO: at a glance". UEFA.com. 21 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Qualifying round seedings for 2017/18 WU17 EURO". UEFA. 3 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d "Regulations of the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship, 2017/18" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  6. ^ a b "UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship Lithuania 2018". UEFA Programmes.
  7. ^ "Women's Under-17 final tournament draw". UEFA.com.
  8. ^ Lietuvoje vyks Europos U-17 merginų futbolo čempionatas
  9. ^ Europos merginų čempionato egzamino laukiančios lietuvės džiaugiasi šansu: bus didelė garbė kovoti
  10. ^ "#WU17EURO finals schedule confirmed". UEFA.com. 12 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Germany, Spain and Finland qualify for Uruguay 2018". FIFA.com. 21 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Statistics — Tournament phase — Player statistics — Goals". UEFA.com. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Women's Under-17 EURO team of the tournament". UEFA.com. 18 June 2018.

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