|Dates||5 June – 19 June|
|Venue(s)||5 (in 5 host cities)|
|Goals scored||50 (3.33 per match)|
|Attendance||118,403 (7,894 per match)|
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A qualifying round ran from 22 March to 3 October 2004.The teams which were entered played in a group stage, with the winners advancing to the final, and the runners-up being given the chance of qualification through a play-off. England, as the host nation, qualified automatically for the tournament.
The following teams were eliminated at this stage:
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Top two teams in each group advanced to the semi-finals
| Sweden ||1–1|
| Ljungberg ||Report|| Rasmussen |
| England ||3–2|
| Valkonen |
|(Report)|| Rantanen |
| England ||1–2|
| Williams ||(Report)|| M. Pedersen |
| Sweden ||0–0|
| England ||0–1|
|(Report)|| Sjöström |
| Germany ||1–0|
| Pohlers ||(Report)|
| France ||3–1|
| Lattaf |
|(Report)|| Di Filippo |
| Germany ||4–0|
| Prinz |
| Norway ||1–1|
| Herlovsen ||(Report)|| Mugneret-Béghé |
| France ||0–3|
|(Report)|| Grings |
|15 June – Preston|
|19 June – Blackburn|
|16 June – Warrington|
| Germany ||4–1|
| Grings |
|(Report)|| Mustonen |
| Germany ||3–1|
| Grings |
|(Report)|| Mellgren |
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