The final tournament consisted of two groups of four, with the top two from each progressing to the semifinals where it becomes a knockout competition. In the finals held a year before a summer Olympic Games the championship also serves as qualification for the Olympic Football Tournament.
Players were eligible for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship if they were born on or later than 1 January 1988.
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