2018 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship

The 2018 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship (also known as UEFA Women's Under-19 Euro 2018) was the 17th edition of the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship (21st edition if the Under-18 era is included), the annual international youth football championship organised by UEFA for the women's under-19 national teams of Europe. Switzerland, which were selected by UEFA on 26 January 2015, hosted the tournament,[1] which took place between 18 and 30 July 2018.[2]

2018 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship
2018 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship logo.svg
Tournament details
Host countrySwitzerland
Dates18–30 July
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Spain (3rd title)
Runners-up Germany
Tournament statistics
Matches played15
Goals scored33 (2.2 per match)
Top scorer(s)Denmark Dajan Hashemi
Germany Paulina Krumbiegel
Netherlands Lynn Wilms
Norway Andrea Norheim
Spain Olga Carmona
Switzerland Alisha Lehmann
Switzerland Géraldine Reuteler
(2 goals each)
2017
2019

A total of eight teams played in the tournament, with players born on or after 1 January 1999 eligible to participate.

Spain were the defending champions, and successfully defended the title after beating Germany in the final, and became the first nation to win the women's under-17 and under-19 titles in the same year.[3]

QualificationEdit

A total of 49 UEFA nations entered the competition (including Kosovo who entered a competitive women's national team tournament for the first time), and with the hosts Switzerland qualifying automatically, the other 48 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]

Note: All appearance statistics include only U-19 era (since 2002).

Team Method of qualification Appearance Last appearance Previous best performance
   Switzerland Hosts 8th 2016 (semi-finals) Semi-finals (2009, 2011)
  Norway Elite round Group 1 winners 12th 2016 (group stage) Runners-up (2003, 2008, 2011)
  Germany Elite round Group 2 winners 15th 2017 (semi-finals) Champions (2002, 2006, 2007, 2011)
  France Elite round Group 3 winners 14th 2017 (runners-up) Champions (2003, 2010, 2013, 2016)
  Spain Elite round Group 4 winners 13th 2017 (champions) Champions (2004, 2017)
  Netherlands Elite round Group 5 winners 8th 2017 (semi-finals) Champions (2014)
  Denmark Elite round Group 6 winners 7th 2015 (group stage) Semi-finals (2002, 2006, 2012)
  Italy Elite round Group 7 winners 7th 2017 (group stage) Champions (2008)

Final drawEdit

The final draw was held on 23 April 2018, 18:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the Stufenbau in Ittigen, Switzerland.[7] The eight teams (including the Elite round Group 1 winners whose identity was known at the time of the draw) were drawn into two groups of four teams. There was no seeding, except that hosts Switzerland were assigned to position A1 in the draw.

VenuesEdit

The eight teams were divided into two groups of four, a group West (Biel/Bienne, Yverdon-les-Bains) and a group East (Wohlen, Zug).[8]

Yverdon-les-Bains Biel/Bienne Wohlen Zug
Stade Municipal Tissot Arena Stadion Niedermatten Herti Allmend Stadion
Capacity: 5,165 Capacity: 5,200 Capacity: 3,616 Capacity: 4,707
 

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 have to submit a squad of 20 players (Regulations Article 41).[5]

Group stageEdit

The final tournament schedule was confirmed on 30 April 2018.[9]

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, CEST (UTC+2).

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Norway 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6[a] Knockout stage
2   Spain 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6[a]
3    Switzerland (H) 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
4   France 3 0 1 2 3 5 −2 1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head result: Spain 0–2 Norway.
Spain  0–2  Norway
Report
Referee: Cheryl Foster (Wales)
Switzerland   2–2  France
Report
Referee: Ivana Martinčić (Croatia)

Norway  1–0  France
Report
Referee: Tess Olofsson (Sweden)
Switzerland   0–2  Spain
Report
Referee: Eleni Antoniou (Greece)

Norway  1–3   Switzerland
Report
Referee: Rebecca Welch (England)
France  1–2  Spain
Report
Referee: Meliz Özçiğdem (Turkey)

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Denmark 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6[a] Knockout stage
2   Germany 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 6[a]
3   Netherlands 3 2 0 1 5 4 +1 6[a]
4   Italy 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Head-to-head results: Germany 1–0 Denmark, Netherlands 1–0 Germany, Denmark 3–1 Netherlands. Head-to-head standings:
    • Denmark: 3 pts, +1 GD
    • Germany: 3 pts, 0 GD
    • Netherlands: 3 pts, −1 GD
Germany  1–0  Denmark
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Netherlands  3–1  Italy
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Referee: Tess Olofsson (Sweden)

Denmark  1–0  Italy
Report
Referee: Rebecca Welch (England)
Netherlands  1–0  Germany
Report
Referee: Ivana Martinčić (Croatia)

Denmark  3–1  Netherlands
Report
Referee: Cheryl Foster (Wales)
Italy  0–2  Germany
Report
Referee: Eleni Antoniou (Greece)

Knockout stageEdit

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

BracketEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
27 July – Biel/Bienne
 
 
  Norway0
 
30 July – Biel/Bienne
 
  Germany2
 
  Germany0
 
27 July – Biel/Bienne
 
  Spain1
 
  Denmark0
 
 
  Spain1
 

Semi-finalsEdit

Norway  0–2  Germany
Report
Referee: Eleni Antoniou (Greece)

Denmark  0–1  Spain
Report
Referee: Rebecca Welch (England)

FinalEdit

Germany  0–1  Spain
Report
Referee: Ivana Martinčić (Croatia)

GoalscorersEdit

There were 33 goals scored in 15 matches, for an average of 2.2 goals per match.

2 goals

1 goal

Source: UEFA.com[10]

Team of the tournamentEdit

The UEFA technical observers selected the following 11 players for the team of the tournament (and an additional nine substitutes):[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Northern Irish, Swiss to host Women's U19 finals". UEFA.com. 26 January 2015.
  2. ^ "2017/18 UEFA Women's calendar" (PDF). UEFA.com. UEFA.
  3. ^ "Spain win #WU19EURO: at a glance". UEFA.com. 30 July 2018.
  4. ^ "2017/18 WU19 EURO qualifying round draw pots". UEFA. 3 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d "Regulations of the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship, 2017/18" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  6. ^ a b "UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship Switzerland 2018". UEFA Programmes.
  7. ^ "Women's Under-19 final tournament draw". UEFA.com.
  8. ^ "UEFA FRAUEN U-19 EURO FINDET IN BIEL, YVERDON-LES-BAINS, WOHLEN UND ZUG STATT" (in German). SFV. 15 January 2018. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  9. ^ "#WU19EURO finals schedule confirmed". UEFA.com. 30 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Statistics — Tournament phase — Player statistics — Goals". UEFA.com. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Women's Under-19 EURO team of the tournament". UEFA.com. 1 August 2018.

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