The UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship consists of three distinct stages: two qualifying rounds and the finals.
The qualifying round, played in September, is made up of 11 groups of four teams playing in one-venue mini-tournaments. The 11 group winners and ten best runners-up progress to join three top seeds: Germany, England and France.
In the elite round, played in April, those 24 teams go into six mini-tournament groups of four. The group winners and the runners-up with the best record against the sides first and third in their pool join the hosts at the finals.
At the final tournament the contenders are split into two groups of four, the top two progressing to the semi-finals, with the showpiece to follow.
Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, or after extra time in a match, can be found in the official competition regulations.