The 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship was the 15th edition of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship (34th edition if the Under-16 era is included), the annual European international youth football championship contested by the men's under-17 national teams of UEFA member associations. Azerbaijan, which were selected by UEFA on 20 March 2012, hosted the tournament between 5 and 21 May 2016.
A total of 16 teams competed in the final tournament, with players born on or after 1 January 1999 eligible to participate. Each match had a duration of 80 minutes, consisting of two halves of 40 minutes with a 15-minute half-time.
Portugal were crowned champions for the second time in the under-17 era, and sixth time overall, after beating Spain in the final 5–4 through a penalty shootout. France were the defending champions, but were eliminated in the group stage.
|2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship|
|2016 UEFA U-17 Avropa Çempionatı|
|Dates||5–21 May 2016|
|Teams||16 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 1 host city)|
|Champions||Portugal (6th title)|
|Goals scored||73 (2.35 per match)|
|Attendance||61,606 (1,987 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||José Gomes (7 goals)|
|Best player(s)||José Gomes|
The national teams from all 54 UEFA member associations entered the competition. With Azerbaijan automatically qualified as hosts, the other 53 teams contested a qualifying competition to determine the remaining 15 spots in the final tournament. The qualifying competition consisted of two rounds: the qualifying round, which took place in autumn 2015, and the elite round, which took place in spring 2016.
The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament:
Note: All appearance statistics include only U-17 era (since 2002).
|Team||Method of qualification||Finals appearance||Last appearance||Previous best performance|
|Denmark||Elite round Group 1 winners||4th||2011||Semi-finals (2011)|
|Scotland||Elite round Group 1 runners-up[^]||4th||2015||Semi-finals (2014)|
|Ukraine||Elite round Group 2 winners||5th||2013||Group stage (2002, 2004, 2007, 2013)|
|England||Elite round Group 2 runners-up[^]||11th||2015||Champions (2010, 2014)|
|Italy||Elite round Group 3 winners||6th||2015||Runners-up (2013)|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Elite round Group 3 runners-up[^]||1st||—||Debut|
|Germany||Elite round Group 4 winners||9th||2015||Champions (2009)|
|Netherlands||Elite round Group 4 runners-up[^]||10th||2015||Champions (2011, 2012)|
|Portugal||Elite round Group 5 winners||6th||2014||Champions (2003)|
|Sweden||Elite round Group 5 runners-up[^]||2nd||2013||Semi-finals (2013)|
|France||Elite round Group 6 winners||10th||2015||Champions (2004, 2015)|
|Austria||Elite round Group 6 runners-up[^]||5th||2015||Third place (2003)|
|Serbia||Elite round Group 7 winners||5th||2011||Quarter-finals (2002)|
|Belgium||Elite round Group 8 winners||5th||2015||Semi-finals (2007, 2015)|
|Spain||Elite round Group 8 runners-up[^]||10th||2015||Champions (2007, 2008)|
The final draw was held on 8 April 2016, 12:00 AZT (UTC+4), at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan. The 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four teams. Hosts Azerbaijan 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 placed in Pot 2 and drawn to positions 3 and 4 in the groups.
|Baku Olympic Stadium||Azersun Arena||Bakcell Arena||Dalga Arena|
|Capacity: 68,000||Capacity: 4,735||Capacity: 10,500||Capacity: 6,700|
Each national team had to submit a squad of 18 players.
A total of 8 referees, 12 assistant referees and 4 fourth officials were appointed for the final tournament.
The final tournament schedule was confirmed on 12 April 2016.
The group winners and runners-up advanced to the quarter-finals.
The teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If two or more teams were equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following tie-breaking criteria were applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings:
|Report||Gomes 4', 16'
Asadov 24' (o.g.)
Miguel Luís 44'
|Mahmudov 77'||Report||Bongiovanni 72'|
|3||Bosnia and Herzegovina||3||1||0||2||3||6||−3||3|
|Austria||2–0||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Baumgartner 18', 35'||Report|
V. Müller 21'
|Germany||3–1||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Akkaynak 17' (pen.)
Otto 66', 72'
|Report||Baack 2' (o.g.)|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||2–1||Ukraine|
|B. Hadžić 38', 40+1'||Report||Kulakov 69'|
|Meisl 3' (o.g.)
|Nelson 62'||Report||Asoro 4', 59'|
|Buch Jensen 80+3'||Report|
Nelson 43' (pen.)
|Odgaard 80+1'||Report||Nelson 30'
|Joveljić 59' (pen.)||Report||Ruiz 4'|
|Report||Olivieri 65' (pen.)
|Report||M. Ilić 72' (o.g.)
Following a consultation between the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA) and UEFA, it was decided to change the venue for the semi-finals and final from the Baku Olympic Stadium to the Dalga Arena and Bakcell Arena, respectively.
|14 May – Baku|
|18 May – Baku|
|15 May – Baku|
|21 May – Baku|
|Portugal (p)||1 (5)|
|14 May – Baku|
|18 May – Baku|
|15 May – Baku|
|Gomes 7' (pen.), 18', 47'
Miguel Luís 77'
|Dadashov 11'||Report||Ruiz 64'
|Dalot 27'||Report||Díaz 32'|
Source: UEFA Technical Report
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