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On Friday, June 11th, 2021 at 9:00 p.m. the time has finally come! Turkey and Italy will play the opening game of the European Football Championship 2020! The emotions will rise again among football fans all over Europe.

The four final matches of the PlayOffs were held on November 12th, 2020, in which the last four of the 24 participants were determined. North Macedonia, Scotland, Slovakia and Hungary have qualified.

Rules for qualifying for the round of 16

The rules for qualifying for the round of 16 are just as tricky as last time.
As usual, the first in the group, the second in the group and the four best third in the group qualify. The fair play rating (1 minus point for YELLOW, 3 minus points for YELLOW/RED and 3 minus points for RED) is also taken into account again.
The note arrow UEFA overall European Qualifiers rankings can also be used. A penalty shoot-out in the last group match is also possible in special cases. - See note arrow Example penalty shoot-out


It should be noted that in the event of a tie, the direct comparison has priority over the goal difference and the number of goals scored in all group matches. So it can happen that a team is higher than another despite a worse goal difference! - See note arrow Example direct comparison


In summary, the criteria for determining the ranking within a group are according to Article 20 of the note arrow UEFA regulations:

  1. higher number of points obtained in all group matches
  2. higher number of points obtained in the direct encounters
  3. higher goal difference resulting from the direct encounters
  4. higher number of goals scored resulting from the direct encounters
  5. repeated application of the criteria 2 - 4 only on the teams that were indistinguishable in the 1st run
  6. higher goal difference resulting from all group matches
  7. higher number of goals scored resulting from all group matches
  8. higher number of wins in all group matches
  9. lower number of disciplinary points total in all group matches (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion after two yellow cards in a game = 3 points)
  10. position in the UEFA overall European Qualifiers rankings

Additional rule:
If two teams claim the same rank at the final whistle of the last group game based on criteria 1 - 7 and no other team in the group in question has achieved the same number of points, criteria 9 and 10 do not determine the final placement of these two teams, but a penalty shoot-out.


Note: So that the criteria 1 - 7 do not lead to a distinction for the two teams, the two teams have to draw against each other in the last group game, because otherwise the direct comparison would decide on the better placement. The number of goals scored (criterion 8) is then inevitably the same.


Criteria 3, 4 and 5 are only relevant if more than two teams are tied on points at the end of the group stage. If, for example, three teams are tied on points, a direct comparison is carried out according to criteria 2 - 4. The points achieved, the goal difference and the number of goals scored solely from the direct encounters of this group of three now determine the ranking within the group of three. It can happen that two of the three teams cannot be distinguished from each other in this direct comparison. Criteria 2 - 4 will then be reapplied to these two teams (see point 5 above). If no differentiation of these two teams is possible, Criteria 6 - 10 are checked for the two teams.


To determine the four best group third, criteria 1 and 6 - 10 are applied to the six group third. Criteria 2 - 5 do not apply as there are no direct encounters.


The winners of groups B, C, E and F each meet a group third in the round of 16. Which of the four group thirds they get as opponents depends on which groups the thirds come from. There are 15 ways for this. For all 15 possibilities, UEFA has come up with a rule that ensures that the opponents in the round of 16 do not come from the same group.
note arrow View allocation table

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All of these UEFA criteria and regulations are automatically carried out in this Excel schedule.

Have fun with the Excel schedule!



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