About the tournament
16 Youth National Football teams with players born on 1 January 1999 and later shall participate in the XXIX International youth football tournament in memory of the first vice-president of FIFA Valentin Granatkin.
The tournament will be held in two stages:
At the first stage the 16 participants will be divided into four groups.
Each team will play a match against each opponent in the group. The group ranking will be defined by the points achieved in the group matches: 3 points for a victory, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss.
If two or more teams in the same group are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings:
- results of the matches played among the teams in question (higher number points, superior goal difference, higher number of scored goals) ;
- superior goal difference after all the group matches;
- higher number of goals scored in all the group matches;
- lower disciplinary sanctions (yellow card = 1 point, expulsion = 3 points);
- drawing of lots.
At the second stage, play-off matches will be played in order to determine the whole rating.
The runner-ups and the winners of the groups will compete in the quarterfinals for the positions 1-8.
The teams taking the 3rd and 4th positions in the group, will compete for the positions 9-16.
In case of a draw after main time of the play-off matches, penalty kicks will be held in accordance with the Laws of the Game.