2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship

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2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship
2017 უეფას 19-წლამდელთა ევროპის ჩემპიონატი
2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.png
Tournament details
Host country  Georgia
Dates 2–15 July 2017
Teams 8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 4 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  England (10th title)
Runners-up  Portugal
Tournament statistics
Matches played 15
Goals scored 39 (2.6 per match)
Attendance 53,707 (3,580 per match)
Top scorer(s) England Ben Brereton
England Ryan Sessegnon
Netherlands Joël Piroe
Sweden Viktor Gyökeres
(3 goals each)
Best player(s) England Mason Mount[1]

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.[2]

A total of eight teams played in the tournament, with players born on or after 1 January 1998 eligible to participate.

In the final, which was played on 15 July, England defeated Portugal 2–1.[3]


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.[4] The qualifying competition consisted of two rounds: Qualifying round, which took place in autumn 2016, and Elite round, which took place in spring 2017.[5]

Qualified teams

The following eight teams qualified for the final tournament.[6][7]

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

Final draw

The final draw was held in 13 April 2017, 14:00 GET (UTC+4), at the Ballroom of Hotels & Preference Hualing in Tbilisi, Georgia.[8][9] 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.


Map of the final tournament venues

The final tournament matches were held in four stadium venues located in two cities:

Stadium Location Capacity
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

Match officials

A total of 6 referees, 8 assistant referees and 2 fourth officials were appointed for the final tournament.[10]


Each national team have to submit a squad of 18 players.[5]

Group stage

The final tournament schedule was confirmed on 24 April 2017.[11]

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):[5]

  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. Higher position in the coefficient ranking list used for the qualifying round draw;
  10. Drawing of lots.

All times are local, GET (UTC+4).[12]

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Portugal 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 7 Knockout stage
2  Czech Republic 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
3  Georgia (H) 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
4  Sweden 3 0 1 2 4 6 −2 1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Sweden  1–2  Czech Republic
Gyökeres Goal 77' Report Turyna Goal 42'55'
Georgia  0–1  Portugal
Report Rui Pedro Goal 66' (pen.)
Attendance: 4,156[10]
Referee: Davide Massa (Italy)

Georgia  2–1  Sweden
Kokhreidze Goal 3'
Chakvetadze Goal 31'
Report Gyökeres Goal 47'
Attendance: 8,300[10]
Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (Serbia)
Czech Republic  1–2  Portugal
Graiciar Goal 40' Report Djú Goal 35'
Rui Pedro Goal 74'
Attendance: 743[10]
Referee: Ali Palabiyik (Turkey)

Czech Republic  2–0  Georgia
Šašinka Goal 45+1'
Holík Goal 70'
Attendance: 25,154[10]
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (Denmark)
Portugal  2–2  Sweden
Leão Goal 70'
João Filipe Goal 87' (pen.)
Report Gyökeres Goal 43'
Karlsson Goal 61'
Attendance: 1,753[10]
Referee: Ola Hobber Nilsen (Norway)

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9 Knockout stage
2  Netherlands 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 4
3  Germany 3 1 0 2 5 8 −3 3
4  Bulgaria 3 0 1 2 1 6 −5 1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Bulgaria  0–2  England
Report Mount Goal 1'
Sessegnon Goal 48'
Attendance: 220[10]
Referee: Ola Hobber Nilsen (Norway)
Germany  1–4  Netherlands
Barkok Goal 46' Report Piroe Goal 49'65'79'
Grot Goal 90+1'
Attendance: 1,245[10]
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (Denmark)

England  1–0  Netherlands
Brereton Goal 84' Report
Attendance: 355[10]
Referee: Davide Massa (Italy)
Germany  3–0  Bulgaria
Amenyido Goal 10'
Gül Goal 19' (pen.)
Friede Goal 54' (pen.)

England  4–1  Germany
Brereton Goal 52' (pen.)64'
Sessegnon Goal 80'84'
Report Warschewski Goal 76'
Attendance: 1,887[10]
Referee: Ali Palabiyik (Turkey)
Netherlands  1–1  Bulgaria
Kongolo Goal 50' Report Rusev Goal 55'
Attendance: 1,214[10]
Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (Serbia)

Knockout stage

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

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.[13] 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,[14] 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):[15]

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.


Semi-finals Final
12 July – Tbilisi
 Portugal 1
15 July – Gori
 Netherlands 0
 Portugal 1
12 July – Tbilisi
 England 2
 England 1
 Czech Republic 0


Portugal  1–0  Netherlands
Fernandes Goal 24' Report
Attendance: 352[10]
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (Denmark)

England  1–0  Czech Republic
Nmecha Goal 90+3' Report
Attendance: 762[10]
Referee: Davide Massa (Italy)


Portugal  1–2  England
Sterling Goal 56' (o.g.) Report Suliman Goal 50'
Nmecha Goal 68'
Attendance: 4,100[10]
Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (Serbia)


3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

Source: UEFA.com[16]

Team of the Tournament

Source: UEFA Technical Report[17]


  1. ^ "2017: Mason Mount". UEFA.com. 25 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Georgia and Finland to stage U19 EURO". UEFA.com. 26 January 2015.
  3. ^ "European Under-19 Championship: England beat Portugal in final". BBC Sport. 15 July 2017. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Draw to start Under-19 road to Georgia". UEFA.com. 30 October 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d "Regulations of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship, 2016/17" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  6. ^ "Under-19 finals line-up completed". UEFA.com. 28 March 2017.
  7. ^ "2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship programme" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  8. ^ "Under-19 final tournament draw". UEFA.com. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Under-19 finals draw matches England and Germany". UEFA.com. 13 April 2017.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Technical Report — Results". UEFA.com.
  11. ^ "Under-19 finals schedule and TV matches set". UEFA.com. 7 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Final Match Schedule" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  13. ^ "FIFA Executive Committee approves key priorities to restore trust in FIFA". UEFA. 2 May 2016.
  14. ^ "Penalty shoot-outs could soon resemble tennis tie-breaks". The Telegraph. 3 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Comprehensive bidding regulations approved for all finals and final tournaments". UEFA.org. 1 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Statistics — Tournament phase — Player statistics — Goals". UEFA.com. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  17. ^ "Technical Report — Team of the Tournament". UEFA.com.

External links

  • Official website
  • 2016/17 final tournament: Georgia, UEFA.com
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