Under-19: Headlines

U19 qualifying round starts 8 October

Monday 16 September 2019 17.25 CET

The 2019/20 qualifying round starts on 8 October, involving 52 of the 54 entrants on the road to Northern Ireland.

2019 U19 EURO team of the tournament

Tuesday 30 July 2019 17.25 CET

Winners Spain provide six of the Under-19 EURO team of the tournament from Armenia.

Spain win 2019 U19 EURO: at a glance

Saturday 27 July 2019 20.40 CET

Spain beat holders Portugal to claim their eighth U19 title, five more than anyone else.

Under-19 EURO 2019: all the highlights

Saturday 27 July 2019 20.25 CET

See all the results and highlights from the first final tournament to be held in Armenia as Spain triumphed.

#U19EURO facts and figures

Saturday 27 July 2019 6.15 CET

UEFA.com rounds up the crucial statistics for the Under-19 competition, including past winners and hosts, biggest wins and top scorers.

U19 EURO: four of the best

Friday 26 July 2019 17.56 CET

Ahead of Saturday's U19 EURO final, we pick out four young talents who have lit up the tournament in Armenia.

The #U19EURO experience – the players' view

Monday 22 July 2019 12.58 CET

With the tournament approaching its semi-final stage, the players give an insight into the lessons learned from playing in the heightened circumstances of a U19 EURO.

U19 EURO: talents to track

Saturday 13 July 2019 12.21 CET

U19 EURO kicks off in Armenia on Sunday and we pick out a player from each team to keep an eye on.

U19 ambassador Mkhitaryan's Armenian pride

Friday 12 July 2019 12.51 CET

Armenia's most famous footballing son, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is the U19 EURO ambassador and looks back at his own youth career.

Grassroots

Armenia looks to secure strong grassroots future with help from UEFA

Friday 12 July 2019 6.00 CET

The Football Federation of Armenia, with help from UEFA, has been making great strides to ensure the country's young footballers have the best possible facilities in order to become stars of tomorrow.

Where to watch the 2019 Under-19 EURO

Wednesday 10 July 2019 1.00 CET

Find out how to watch the 2019 UEFA European Under-19 Championship where you are.

Under-19 finals line-up set

Tuesday 26 March 2019 21.30 CET

Czech Republic, France, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Ireland and Spain have joined Armenia in the finals.

2019/20 U19 qualifying round draw

Thursday 6 December 2018 10.11 CET

The 2019/20 qualifying round draw has set the first steps on the road to Northern Ireland.

U19 EURO qualifying round report

Tuesday 20 November 2018 18.49 CET

The 13 qualifying round groups are complete, with 26 teams through to join top seeds Portugal and Germany in the elite round.

Under-19 EURO team of the tournament

Wednesday 1 August 2018 17.21 CET

Finalists Portugal and Italy each supply four players to the starting XI in the official Team of the Tournament.

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Navigating the potential pitfalls footballers face on and off the pitch can be a daunting prospect – especially without the correct guidance. With these factors in mind, UEFA has officially launched its UEFA For Players initiative with the help of a number of former top international players who know first-hand the potential problems footballers can face. The first major step of this programme is an app, which is available for all elite players in Europe."It would have been wonderful to have had the chance to have this kind of information when I was starting out my career," explained Eric Abidal. The former France international contributed to the My Image section on the app, which looks at how to manage a player's career in respect to relations with the media and how to use social media."The app covers a number of different topics, from how to manage your finances to how to deal with the media and your image as a footballer. This is invaluable information for any footballer regardless of the stage of his or her career."'A ground-breaking initiative'Previously there was no centralised initiative to give the same level of education to footballers around the continent and share best practices. The UEFA For Players initiative aims to fill this void and will be available to download for national associations and clubs and players unions throughout Europe.The app contains a wide range of educational modules on various topics, all based on immersive simulation videos and real-life case studies. It is highly interactive and gamified, delivering the latest information on football career management."This is a ground-breaking initiative from UEFA to introduce an app that can really help players to make key decisions at different stages of their careers," said Nuno Gomes. The former Portugal forward used his wealth of experience to help design the My Game module, which offers advice about football regulations and the laws of the game."The app gives the players career advice and guidance at the touch of a screen, while there are various simulations on eight different subjects – ranging from learning about the dangers of match-fixing and what to do if approached, to preparing for a life after football."'One day the money stops'At this year's UEFA Youth League finals in Nyon, UEFA held UEFA For Players Session for the four teams that qualified – Barcelona, Chelsea, Hoffenheim and Porto – where they were also given an introduction to the app.One of the key aspects concerned the importance of receiving proper advice on how to save the wealth that comes with a career in the professional game, with David James passing on his advice to the four teams.The former England goalkeeper cited the statistic that 40% of ex-footballers have no money within five years of leaving the sport. "You think you're going to play forever, but very few players actually decide when they will stop their career; most of the time it's not a choice," he added, arguing for the need for young players to start planning ahead early. "If you don't have the plan, then one day the money stops; the lifestyle you have changes, and if you have an expensive lifestyle it's difficult to continue."The app will also be made available to the 64 teams competing in this season's UEFA Youth League, which means around 2,500 players will have access to the learning initiative.The vast majority of players will not earn large sums of money from their footballing careers and young players are especially at risk from betting syndicates who can offer money in order to fix the outcome of a game.Viola Odebrecht helped to create the module to warn players of the pitfalls of match-fixing, with advice of what to do if approached to fix a match as well as the consequences a player can face if they are found guilty of involvement."The app helps players to differentiate and enlighten," said the three-time UEFA Women’s Champions League winner. "What is match-fixing, when does it start and how can you protect yourself? There are different forms and types of match-fixing that are not known in detail to everyone."I would give players the advice that match-fixing is not worth it. They ruin their lives, the lives of their family and the best game in the world. These consequences are not worth it."Planning for the futureSimon Rolfes, a former German international midfielder who is now the sporting director at Bayer Leverkusen, gave his input into the My Finances module. He understands that players have to face "many new things" at the start of their careers, from financial to media matters.When asked about what advice he would offer to players, he said: "Only do things that you fully understand. If you don't understand something, then it's not for you. This will help you to avoid a lot of problems."A footballer never knows when his or her career is going to finish, with injuries or a loss of form a constant worry, and this is why it is imperative to think about a life after football."It's really important to keep your eyes open in regards to what you can do after your sporting career – you never know what can happen in between," said Bianca Rech, who gave her thoughts on how to look ahead towards a second career after football."I was looking for advice about how I could manage my sporting career and also focus on something I would like to do afterwards. I also had skills in other areas and wanted to prove them."Following retirement in 2015, she had a clear plan of wanting to work in football administration, which took her to Köln and then UEFA. Rech, who is now the sporting director for women's football at Bayern München, believes the app will be a massive benefit for any footballer."It can help them to get the right idea about what they have to do next, in which direction they need to go and gives them good advice about the next steps in their personal process of development."The app will initially be accessible in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian and Spanish, while Greek, Polish and Turkish will be added during the course of this season.Interested national associations, clubs and players unions can contact UEFA at academy@uefa.ch to request access for their elite players.UEFA For Players is one of the many initiatives delivered by the UEFA Academy, UEFA's central hub dedicated to providing professional people working in football opportunities for development.The modules:My UEFA – Key messages about UEFA, its values, roles and mission
Anti-Doping – Information on anti-doping to raise awareness and protect players
UEFA Integrity – Key information and takeaway messages on integrity to better protect players
My Game – Key information about the Laws of the Game and the regulations of UEFA's main competitions
My Second Career – Information on preparing for life after football and education programmes that can help
My Image – Communication, media and social media training with the main dos and don'ts and takeaway messages.
My Finances – Information on the importance of players properly managing their finances and financial obligations
Social Fair Play – Information on diversity and inclusion and how to act as agents of change on and off the field