2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship


The 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship was the 15th edition of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship (65th edition if the Under-18 and Junior eras are included), the annual European international youth football championship contested by the men's under-19 national teams of UEFA member associations. Germany, which were selected by UEFA on 20 March 2012, hosted the tournament between 11 and 24 July 2016.[2]

2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship
U-19-Fußball-Europameisterschaft 2016
Tournament details
Host countryGermany
Dates11–24 July
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)10 (in 9 host cities)
Final positions
Champions France (8th title)
Runners-up Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored55 (3.44 per match)
Attendance162,972 (10,186 per match)
Top scorer(s) Jean-Kévin Augustin
(6 goals)
Best player(s) Jean-Kévin Augustin[1]
2015
2017

A total of eight teams competed in the final tournament, with players born on or after 1 January 1997 eligible to participate.

Same as previous editions held in even-numbered years, the tournament acted as the UEFA qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The top five teams qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea as the UEFA representatives. This was decreased from the previous six teams, as FIFA decided to give one of the slots originally reserved for UEFA to the Oceania Football Confederation starting from 2017.[3]

Qualification


The national teams from all 54 UEFA member associations entered the competition. With Germany automatically qualified as hosts, the other 53 teams contested a qualifying competition to determine the remaining seven spots in the final tournament.[4] 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.[5]

Qualified teams

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

Note: All appearance statistics include only U-19 era (since 2002).

Team Method of qualification Finals appearance Last appearance Previous best performance
 GermanyHosts8th2015Champions (2008, 2014)
 EnglandElite round Group 1 winners8th2012Runners-up (2005, 2009)
 ItalyElite round Group 2 winners5th2010Champions (2003)
 AustriaElite round Group 3 winners7th2015Semi-finals (2003, 2006, 2014)
 NetherlandsElite round Group 4 winners4th2015Group stage (2010, 2013, 2015)
 CroatiaElite round Group 5 winners3rd2012Semi-finals (2010)
 PortugalElite round Group 6 winners8th2014Runners-up (2003, 2014)
 FranceElite round Group 7 winners9th2015Champions (2005, 2010)

Final draw

The final draw was held on 12 April 2016, 18:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart, Germany.[7] The eight teams were drawn into two groups of four teams. There was no seeding, except that hosts Germany were assigned to position A1 in the draw.[8]

Venues


The tournament was hosted in ten venues:[9]

Aalen Aspach Heidenheim Mannheim Reutlingen
Städtisches Waldstadion
Capacity: 14,500
Mechatronik Arena
Capacity: 10,000
Voith-Arena
Capacity: 15,000
Carl-Benz-Stadion
Capacity: 27,000
Stadion an der Kreuzeiche
Capacity: 15,228
Sandhausen Sinsheim Stuttgart Ulm
Hardtwaldstadion
Capacity: 15,300
Rhein-Neckar-Arena
Capacity: 30,150
Mercedes-Benz Arena
Capacity: 60,449
Gazi-Stadion auf der Waldau
Capacity: 11,490
Donaustadion
Capacity: 19,500

Squads


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

Match officials


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

Group stage


Results of teams participating in 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship

The final tournament schedule was confirmed on 18 April 2016.[11]

The group winners and runners-up advanced to the semi-finals and qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The third-placed teams entered the FIFA U-20 World Cup play-off.

Tiebreakers

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:[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 had an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 3 were reapplied exclusively to the group matches between the teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure did not lead to a decision, criteria 5 to 9 applied;
  5. Superior goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  7. If only two teams had the same number of points, and they were tied according to criteria 1 to 6 after having met in the last round of the group stage, their rankings were determined by a penalty shoot-out (not used if more than two teams had the same number of points, or if their rankings were 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. Drawing of lots.

All times were local, CEST (UTC+2).[12]

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Portugal 3 1 2 0 6 5 +1 5 Knockout stage and
2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup
2  Italy 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
3  Germany (H) 3 1 0 2 6 5 +1 3 FIFA U-20 World Cup play-off
4  Austria 3 0 2 1 2 5 3 2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host
Germany 0–1 Italy
Report Dimarco  78' (pen.)
Portugal 1–1 Austria
Empis  53' Report Jakupovic  10'

Italy 1–1 Austria
Locatelli  24' Report Schlager  21'
Germany 3–4 Portugal
Ochs  12', 68' (pen.), 90+3' (pen.) Report Abubakar  37'
G. Rodrigues  48'
A. Silva  70'
Buta  73'
Attendance: 7,250[13]
Referee: Bart Vertenten (Belgium)

Austria 0–3 Germany
Report Neumann  50'
Teuchert  52'
Gül  87'
Attendance: 13,328[13]
Referee: Anatoliy Zhabchenko (Ukraine)
Italy 1–1 Portugal
Dimarco  15' (pen.) Report Buta  86'

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 3 3 0 0 6 3 +3 9 Knockout stage and
2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup
2  France 3 2 0 1 8 3 +5 6
3  Netherlands 3 1 0 2 5 8 3 3 FIFA U-20 World Cup play-off
4  Croatia 3 0 0 3 2 7 5 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Croatia 1–3 Netherlands
Brekalo  43' Report Bergwijn  17', 85'
Lammers  33'
Attendance: 6,150[13]
Referee: Anatoliy Zhabchenko (Ukraine)
France 1−2 England
Augustin  33' Report Michelin  3' (o.g.)
Solanke  9'
Attendance: 2,344[13]

Netherlands 1–2 England
Lammers  10' Report Solanke  36'
Brown  90+2'
Attendance: 3,928[13]
Croatia 0–2 France
Report Augustin  37'
Mbappé  69'

England 2–1 Croatia
Brown  4'
Anočić  10' (o.g.)
Report Moro  58'
Netherlands 1–5 France
Nouri  36' (pen.) Report Mbappé  10', 63'
Augustin  29', 48', 75'
Attendance: 7,711[13]
Referee: Bart Vertenten (Belgium)

Knockout stage


In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out were 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's trial to allow a fourth substitute to be made during extra time.[14] In the FIFA U-20 World Cup play-off, Michel Vlap of the Netherlands became the first ever fourth substitute, replacing Laros Duarte at half-time in extra time, followed later by Emmanuel Iyoha of Germany replacing Jannes Horn in the 110th minute.[15][16]

Bracket

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
21 July – Mannheim
 
 
 Portugal1
 
24 July – Sinsheim
 
 France3
 
 France4
 
21 July – Mannheim
 
 Italy0
 
 England1
 
 
 Italy2
 
World Cup play-off
 
 
21 July – Sandhausen
 
 
 Germany3 (5)
 
 
 Netherlands3 (4)

FIFA U-20 World Cup play-off

Winner qualified for 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Semi-finals

England 1–2 Italy
Picchi  85' (o.g.) Report Dimarco  27' (pen.), 60'

Portugal 1–3 France
Pacheco  3' Report Blas  10'
Mbappé  67', 75'

Final

France 4–0 Italy
Augustin  6'
Blas  19'
Tousart  82'
Diop  90+2'
Report

Goalscorers


6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

Source: UEFA.com[17]

Team of the Tournament


Source: UEFA Technical Report[13]

Qualified teams for FIFA U-20 World Cup


The following five teams from UEFA qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[18]

Team Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament1
 France18 July 20165 (1977, 1997, 2001, 2011, 2013)
 Italy17 July 20165 (1977, 1981, 1987, 2005, 2009)
 England15 July 201610 (1981, 1985, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2013)
 Portugal17 July 201610 (1979, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015)
 Germany21 July 201610 (1981, 1987, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2015)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.

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