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2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Tournament details
Host country  Poland
Dates 16–30 June 2017
Teams 12 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 7 (in 7 host cities)

The 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship will be the 21st edition of the UEFA for the men's under-21 national teams of Europe. The final tournament will be hosted in Poland in summer 2017, after their bid was selected by the UEFA Executive Committee on 26 January 2015 in Nyon, Switzerland.[1] The tournament will take place from 16 to 30 June 2017.[2] Players born on or after 1 January 1994 will be eligible for the tournament.

In March 2012, UEFA announced that the competition would take place in even numbered years from 2016 onwards.[3] In September 2013, UEFA announced its intention to continue holding the final tournament in odd numbered years following a request from its member national football associations.[4] On 24 January 2014, UEFA confirmed that the final tournament will be held in 2017 and that it will be expanded from 8 teams to 12.[5]

Hosts

The hosts were announced at a meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee in Nyon on 26 January 2015. In late April 2014 the Polish football association PZPN very strongly indicated the country has high chances to host the tournament. Bidding to welcome Europe's best youth teams was one of the reasons for Poland's withdrawal from the Euro 2020 race.[6]

Qualification

A total of 53 UEFA nations entered the competition (Gibraltar did not enter), and with the hosts Poland qualifying automatically, the other 52 teams will compete in the qualifying competition to determine the remaining 11 spots in the final tournament.[7] The qualifying competition, which will take place from March 2015 to November 2016, consists of two rounds:[8]

  • Qualifying group stage: The 52 teams are drawn into nine groups – seven groups of six teams and two groups of five teams. Each group is played in home-and-away round-robin format. The nine group winners qualify directly for the final tournament, while the four best runners-up (not counting results against the sixth-placed team) advance to the play-offs.
  • Play-offs: The four teams are drawn into two ties to play home-and-away two-legged matches to determine the last two qualified teams.

Qualified teams

The following teams qualified for the final tournament.

Note: All appearance statistics include only U-21 era (since 1978).

Team Method of qualification Date of qualification Finals appearance Last appearance Previous best performance
 Poland Hosts 26 January 2015 6th 1994 Quarter-finals (1982, 1984, 1986, 1992, 1994)

Final draw

The final draw will be held in late 2016 in Poland.[9] The 12 teams will be drawn into three groups of four teams. The hosts Poland will be assigned to position A1 in the draw.

Venues

On 14 July 2015, Polish Football Association proposed seven venues:[10]

Opening match, semifinal, and Final Group A Group A Group B
Warsaw Gdynia Bydgoszcz Lublin
Polish Army Stadium Stadion GOSiR Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak Stadium Arena Lublin
Capacity: 31,103 Capacity: 15,139 Capacity: 20,247 Capacity: 15,500
Group B Group C Group C
Kielce Kraków Tychy
Kielce City Stadium Marshal Józef Piłsudski Stadium Tychy City Stadium
Capacity: 15,500 Capacity: 15,016 Capacity: 15,300

Squads

Each national team have to submit a squad of 23 players, three of whom must be goalkeepers. If a player is injured or ill severely enough to prevent his participation in the tournament before his team's first match, he can be replaced by another player.[8]

Group stage

The group winners and the best runner-up advance to the semi-finals.

Tiebreakers

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:[8]

  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 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;
  5. Superior goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  7. 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).
  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. Position in the UEFA under-21 national team coefficient ranking for the final draw.

All times are local, CEST (UTC+2).

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Poland (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 A2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible qualification based on ranking
3 A3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 A4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on June 2017. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
June 2017 (2017-06)
Poland  v A2
June 2017 (2017-06)
A3 v A4

June 2017 (2017-06)
Poland  v A3
June 2017 (2017-06)
A2 v A4

June 2017 (2017-06)
A4 v  Poland
June 2017 (2017-06)
A2 v A3

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 B1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 B2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible qualification based on ranking
3 B3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 B4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on June 2017. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
June 2017 (2017-06)
B1 v B2
June 2017 (2017-06)
B3 v B4

June 2017 (2017-06)
B1 v B3
June 2017 (2017-06)
B2 v B4

June 2017 (2017-06)
B4 v B1
June 2017 (2017-06)
B2 v B3

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 C1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 C2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible qualification based on ranking
3 C3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 C4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on June 2017. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
June 2017 (2017-06)
C1 v C2
June 2017 (2017-06)
C3 v C4

June 2017 (2017-06)
C1 v C3
June 2017 (2017-06)
C2 v C4

June 2017 (2017-06)
C4 v C1
June 2017 (2017-06)
C2 v C3

Ranking of second-placed teams

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 A Group A second place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 B Group B second place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 C Group C second place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on June 2017. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) disciplinary points; 5) coefficient.[8]

Knockout stage

In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out are used to decide the winner if necessary.[8]

Bracket

 
Semi-finals Final
 
           
 
June –
 
 
Winner Group A
 
June –
 
Runner-up Group B/C or Winner Group C
 
Winner Semi-final 1
 
June –
 
Winner Semi-final 2
 
Winner Group B
 
 
Runner-up Group A or Winner Group C
 

Semi-finals

June 2017 (2017-06)
Winner Group A Semi-final 1 Runner-up Group B/C or Winner Group C

June 2017 (2017-06)
Winner Group B Semi-final 2 Runner-up Group A or Winner Group C

Final

June 2017 (2017-06)
Winner Semi-final 1 v Winner Semi-final 2

References

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External links

  • Official website
  • 2017 finals: Poland, UEFA.com
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