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Technical report


The final tournament of the 2015/16 competition saw a UEFA final tournament return to the Národné tréningové centrum Senec – the Slovakian Football Association's national training centre – three years after the town played host to the men's UEFA European Under-17 Championship. Staged from 19–31 July, a strong field took to the start with Spain bidding to make it third time lucky after losing the last two finals, Germany seeking their first win since 2011, having fallen one hurdle short of the final a year ago, and a France side bidding to draw level with the Germans on four WU19 titles.


Spain: one of the highly skilled teams at the finals

Austria, who eliminated holders Sweden – together with England and Belgium – in the Elite round, were preparing for their first ever WU19 finals with no fewer than 14 members of the Under-17 selection which earned them a historic first ever participation in the final stages of a UEFA youth tournament in the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.

Continuation was also evident in the Switzerland side who pushed Spain all the way in the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship in Iceland in 2015, with six members of that squad making an accelerated step up an age category, while hosts Slovakia were participating in the final tournament for the first time.

While Senec hosted half of the teams throughout the group stage, Trnava was the home for the others. Journey times to the venues of Senec, Zlaté Moravce, Senica and Myjava varied from five to 75 minutes. The shorter variety was chosen for the semi-finals and final, which were all hosted in the NTC with all remaining teams in situ by this stage.


The players had to contend with fluctuating weather conditions

The weather was generally kind, although it twice reared its unforgiving head, with consequences both in the group stage and, ultimately, in the storm-disturbed showpiece, while the shadow of the FIFA Women's Under-20 World Cup also loomed large.

Throughout the two-week event, the participating nations took part in education sessions on anti-doping and match fixing, while various grassroots events were staged in and around Senec to introduce local children to the game. During the tournament, Nadine Kessler became UEFA's latest women's football development ambassador on a visit to Senec.

Six referees from countries not participating in the finals were appointed, in addition to eight additional referees, while two further assistant referees from Slovakia completed the 16-strong team of officials.

UEFA's technical team in Slovakia was made up of Jarmo Matikainen and Patricia González. Their observations have been compiled into a technical report which, in addition to providing a permanent record of the event, aims to offer valuable insight and useful information to coaches working at player development levels.