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The 2012/13 UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship final round was the sixth and last to be staged at the Colovray Stadium opposite UEFA's House of European Football in Nyon, on the banks of Lake Geneva in western Switzerland.

Taking into account the increasing quality of the competition and the flourishing development of women's football, the UEFA Executive Committee decided at its meeting in Venice in December 2011 to increase the number of final tournament participants from four to eight. That will start at the 2013/14 final round, which takes place in England from 26 November to 8 December 2013. This event counts as the European qualifying competition for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, to be held in Costa Rica in March/April 2014.

Three of the four teams taking part – Belgium, Poland and Sweden – were newcomers to the final tournament. The fourth representative, Spain, enjoyed a glowing reputation at this age level, having won the title in 2010 and 2011.

A team of female match officials – two referees, four assistant referees and a fourth official from countries not taking part in the final round – were selected to gain invaluable tournament experience.

Women's U17 final rounds in Nyon have been staged as festive grassroots events, with the general public from the region, and youngsters in particular, invited to share in the occasion, with tickets distributed free of charge for the two matchdays.

This year, the renowned former Swiss international Stéphane Chapuisat was official tournament ambassador. He was joined during the final round by distinguished special guests – former French international goalkeeper Grégory Coupet and Swiss women's internationals Caroline Abbé and Martina Moser. Autograph sessions took place, other sideshows entertained the spectators, and young boys and girls enjoyed football skills sessions, run with the assistance of the Geneva and Vaud cantonal football associations. Eurosport's live coverage of final round matches – in particular the final – brought the tournament action to a pan-European television audience.

The tournament programme also included two educational sessions on doping controls and the dangers of match-fixing. The briefings were aimed at highlighting various risks to young players setting out on what will hopefully be long and successful careers.

Following the tournament in England later in 2013, Iceland (2014/15) and Belarus (2015/16) will host the next two women's U17 final rounds.