2016 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship

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2016 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship
Tournament details
Host country  Slovakia
Dates 19–31 July 2016
Teams 8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  France (4th title)
Runners-up  Spain
Tournament statistics
Matches played 15
Goals scored 55 (3.67 per match)
Attendance 9,902 (660 per match)
Top scorer(s) France Marie-Antoinette Katoto (6 goals)
Best player France Marie-Antoinette Katoto[1]

The 2016 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship was the 15th edition of the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship (19th edition if the Under-18 era is included), the annual European international youth football championship contested by the women's under-19 national teams of UEFA member associations. Slovakia, which were selected by UEFA on 20 March 2012, hosted the tournament between 19 and 31 July 2016.[2]

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


The national teams from 47 UEFA member associations entered the competition. With Slovakia automatically qualified as hosts, the other 46 teams contested a qualifying competition to determine the remaining seven spots in the final tournament.[3] 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.[4]

Qualified teams[edit]

The following eight teams qualified for the final tournament:[5]

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

Team Method of qualification Finals appearance Last appearance Previous best performance
 Slovakia Hosts 1st Debut
 Germany Elite round Group 1 winners 13th 2015 Champions (2002, 2006, 2007, 2011)
 Austria Elite round Group 2 winners 1st Debut
 Netherlands Elite round Group 3 winners 6th 2014 Champions (2014)
 Spain Elite round Group 4 winners 11th 2015 Champions (2004)
 France Elite round Group 5 winners 12th 2015 Champions (2003, 2010, 2013)
  Switzerland Elite round Group 6 winners 7th 2011 Semi-finals (2009, 2011)
 Norway Elite round Group 6 runners-up[^] 11th 2015 Runners-up (2003, 2008, 2011)
  1. ^ The best runners-up among all six elite round groups qualified for the final tournament.

Final draw[edit]

The final draw was held on 24 May 2016, 10:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the Hotel Gate One in Bratislava, Slovakia.[6] The eight teams were drawn into two groups of four teams. There was no seeding, except that hosts Slovakia were assigned to position A1 in the draw.[7]


The tournament was hosted in four venues:


Each national team had to submit a squad of 18 players.[4]

Match officials[edit]

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

Group stage[edit]

Results of teams participating at the 2016 UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship

The final tournament schedule was confirmed on 1 June 2016.[8]

The group winners and runners-up advanced to the semi-finals.


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:[4]

  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 have 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).[9]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 3 2 0 1 8 2 +6 6 Knockout stage
2  Netherlands 3 2 0 1 8 2 +6 6
3  Norway 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
4  Slovakia (H) 3 0 1 2 0 12 −12 1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Slovakia  0–6  Netherlands
Report Folkertsma Goal 23' (pen.)
Roord Goal 37'57'74'
Deszathová Goal 40' (o.g.)
Hendriks Goal 69'
Attendance: 1,023[10]
Referee: Ivana Martinčić (Croatia)
France  0–1  Norway
Report Jørgensen Goal 36'
Attendance: 520[10]
Referee: Eszter Urbán (Hungary)

Netherlands  1–0  Norway
Folkertsma Goal 56' Report
Attendance: 426[10]
Referee: Lois Otte (Belgium)
Slovakia  0–6  France
Report Katoto Goal 49'53'68'
Mateo Goal 51'
Morroni Goal 65'
D. Cascarino Goal 90'
Attendance: 1,300[10]
Referee: Ivana Projkovska (Macedonia)

Norway  0–0
Attendance: 1,230[10]
Referee: Linn Andersson (Sweden)

The match was abandoned after 50 minutes with the score 0–0 after heavy rain made the pitch unplayable.[11] With France beating the Netherlands 2–1 elsewhere in the final round of group games, neither Norway nor Slovakia could have finished in the top two and reached the semi-finals. The match was therefore not concluded and the result stands at 0–0.[12]

Netherlands  1–2  France
Roord Goal 60' Report Katoto Goal 18'
Geyoro Goal 24' (pen.)
Attendance: 350[10]
Referee: Tania Fernandes Morais (Luxembourg)

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 3 3 0 0 10 0 +10 9 Knockout stage
2   Switzerland 3 2 0 1 8 7 +1 6
3  Germany 3 1 0 2 5 6 −1 3
4  Austria 3 0 0 3 1 11 −10 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Spain  1–0  Germany
N. García Goal 62' Report
Attendance: 591[10]
Referee: Linn Andersson (Sweden)
Austria  0–4   Switzerland
Report Zehnder Goal 19'88'
Mégroz Goal 60'
Jenzer Goal 77'
Attendance: 317[10]
Referee: Lois Otte (Belgium)

Spain  4–0  Austria
Sánchez Goal 5'29'
L. García Goal 69'
Bonmati Goal 83' (pen.)
Attendance: 483[10]
Referee: Tania Fernandes Morais (Luxembourg)
Germany  2–4   Switzerland
Sanders Goal 3'
Freigang Goal 70'
Report Mégroz Goal 6'
Surdez Goal 64'72'
Zehnder Goal 90+1'
Attendance: 503[10]
Referee: Ivana Martinčić (Croatia)

Switzerland   0–5  Spain
Report N. García Goal 15'47'
Hernández Goal 36'
L. García Goal 52'74'
Attendance: 384[10]
Referee: Ivana Projkovska (Macedonia)
Germany  3–1  Austria
Ehegötz Goal 43'
Freigang Goal 58'
Sanders Goal 73'
Report Feric Goal 84'
Attendance: 576[10]
Referee: Eszter Urbán (Hungary)

Knockout stage[edit]

In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary.[4]

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.[13]


28 July – Senec
31 July – Senec
28 July – Senec


France  3–1   Switzerland
Mateo Goal 46'54'
Katoto Goal 50'
Report Reuteler Goal 44'
Attendance: 657[10]
Referee: Lois Otte (Belgium)

Spain  4–3  Netherlands
Hernández Goal 25'68'81'
Cazalla Goal 73'
Report Admiraal Goal 22'
Roord Goal 59'
Hendriks Goal 84'
Attendance: 518[10]
Referee: Linn Andersson (Sweden)


The final was interrupted after the first half due to heavy rain and the resulting unfit terrain, and the second half began following a two-hour delay.

France  2–1  Spain
Geyoro Goal 36'
Katoto Goal 66'
Report L. García Goal 84'
Attendance: 1,024[10]
Referee: Eszter Urbán (Hungary)


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

Source: UEFA.com[14]

Team of the Tournament[edit]

Source: UEFA Technical Report[10]


External links[edit]