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.
|Dates||18–30 July 2018|
|Teams||8 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 4 host cities)|
|Goals scored||33 (2.2 per match)|
(2 goals each)
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.
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. The qualifying competition consisted of two rounds: Qualifying round, which took place in autumn 2017, and Elite round, which took place in spring 2018.
Note: All appearance statistics include only U-19 era (since 2002).
|Team||Method of qualification||Appearance||Last appearance||Previous best performance|
|Hosts||8th||2016 (semi-finals)||Semi-finals (2009, 2011)|
|Elite round Group 1 winners||12th||2016 (group stage)||Runners-up (2003, 2008, 2011)|
|Elite round Group 2 winners||15th||2017 (semi-finals)||Champions (2002, 2006, 2007, 2011)|
|Elite round Group 3 winners||14th||2017 (runners-up)||Champions (2003, 2010, 2013, 2016)|
|Elite round Group 4 winners||13th||2017 (champions)||Champions (2004, 2017)|
|Elite round Group 5 winners||8th||2017 (semi-finals)||Champions (2014)|
|Elite round Group 6 winners||7th||2015 (group stage)||Semi-finals (2002, 2006, 2012)|
|Elite round Group 7 winners||7th||2017 (group stage)||Champions (2008)|
The final draw was held on 23 April 2018, 18:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the Stufenbau in Ittigen, Switzerland. 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.
|Stade Municipal||Tissot Arena||Stadion Niedermatten||Herti Allmend Stadion|
|Capacity: 5,165||Capacity: 5,200||Capacity: 3,616||Capacity: 4,707|
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.
- Head-to-head result: Spain 0–2 Norway.
- 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
|27 July – Biel/Bienne|
|30 July – Biel/Bienne|
|27 July – Biel/Bienne|
There were 33 goals scored in 15 matches, for an average of 2.2 goals per match.
Team of the tournament
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