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.
|Dates||9–21 May 2018|
|Teams||8 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||3 (in 3 host cities)|
|Goals scored||61 (3.81 per match)|
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.
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. The qualifying competition consisted of two rounds: Qualifying round, which took place in autumn 2017, and Elite round, which took place in spring 2018.
|Team||Method of qualification||Appearance||Last appearance||Previous best performance|
|Elite round Group 1 winners||3rd||2017 (semi-finals)||Fourth place (2010), Semi-finals (2017)|
|Elite round Group 2 winners||1st||—||Debut|
|Elite round Group 3 winners||9th||2017 (runners-up)||Champions (2010, 2011, 2015)|
|Elite round Group 4 winners||3rd||2016 (group stage)||Third place (2014)|
|Elite round Group 5 winners||6th||2017 (group stage)||Third place (2016)|
|Elite round Group 6 winners||2nd||2013 (champions)||Champions (2013)|
|Elite round Group 7 winners||10th||2017 (champions)||Champions (2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017)|
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. In early 2018 it was announced that competition would be held in three cities: Alytus, Marijampolė and Šiauliai.
|Sūduva Stadium||Alytus Stadium||Savivaldybė Stadium|
|Capacity: 6,500||Capacity: 3,748||Capacity: 4,000|
The group winners and runners-up advance to the semi-finals.
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):
- Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
- Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
- Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
- 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;
- Goal difference in all group matches;
- Goals scored in all group matches;
- 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);
- Disciplinary points (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);
- UEFA coefficient for the qualifying round draw;
- Drawing of lots.
|18 May – Alytus|
|21 May – Marijampolė|
|18 May – Marijampolė|
|World Cup play-off|
|21 May – Alytus|
Winners qualify for 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. Losers enter the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup play-off.
FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup play-off
Winner qualifies for 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.
Qualified teams for FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup
The following three teams from UEFA qualified for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.
|Team||Qualified on||Previous appearances in FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup1|
|18 May 2018||5 (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)|
|18 May 2018||3 (2010, 2014, 2016)|
|21 May 2018||0 (debut)|
- 1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.
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
Ebony Salmon Annika Huhta (including 1 in play-off)
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
Jess Park (including 1 in play-off) Aino Vuorinen Vanessa Fudalla Ivana Fuso Leonie Köster Sophie Weidauer Paula Arana
- 1 goal
Annabel Blanchard Paris McKenzie Kaisa Juvonen Jenni Kantanen (in play-off) Vilma Koivisto Gia Corley Laura Donhauser Dana Foederer Chasity Grant Gwyneth Hendriks Nikita Tromp Jonna van de Velde Paulina Filipczak Paulina Tomasiak Aida Esteve Paola Hernández
- 1 own goal
Team of the tournament
Paola Hernández Ivana Fuso Vanessa Fudalla Jess Park Kirsten van de Westeringh
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