Euro 2020

Uefa EURO 2020 Play-off Sadvisory European Qualifiers – Euro 2020

by: Adam Smith

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The 16 winners of the UEFA Nations League group stage have reached the play-offs – two semi-finals for each league – unless they have already reached the final stages of the tournament through the European Qualifiers.

PROCEDURAE SORTEESS SPAREGGI

Draw play-offs

A-League: Iceland – Romania, Bulgaria – Hungary
League B: Bosnia and Herzegovina – Northern Ireland, Slovakia – Republic of Ireland
League C: Scotland – Israel, NorwaySerbia
League D: Georgia – Belarus, North Macedonia – Kosovo

“The winners of these semi-finals play in the final at home

Draw details

The races are played at 20.45 CET unless otherwise indicated.

Path D
A draw has determined that the winner of the semi-final 1 (Georgia or Belarus) will play the final at home (18.00 CET). The semi-finals are as follows:

Semi-final 1 (1 – 4): Georgia v Belarus (18.00 CET)
Semi-final 2 (2 – 3): North Macedonia – Kosovo

If Iceland, Bulgaria or Hungary win Route A, then the winner of Route D will be included in Group C of UEFA EURO 2020. If Romania wins Route A then the winner of Route D will be included in Group F of UEFA EURO 2020.

Path C
A draw has determined that Israel will play in Route C, while Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania will join Iceland in Route A.

A further draw has determined that the winner of the semi-final 2 (Norway or Serbia) will play the final at home. The semi-finals are as follows:

Semi-final 1 (1 – 4): Scotland – Israel
Semi-final 2 (2 – 3): Norway – Serbia

The winner of Route C will be included in Group D at UEFA EURO 2020

Route B
A draw has determined that the winner of the semi-final 1 (Bosnia and Herzegovina or Northern Ireland) will play the final at home. The semi-finals are as follows:

Semi-final 1 (1 – 4): Bosnia and Herzegovina – Northern Ireland
Semi-final 2 (2 – 3): Slovakia – Republic of Ireland

The winner of Path B will be included in Group E at UEFA EURO 2020

Path A
A draw has determined that the winner of the semi-final 2 (Bulgaria or Hungary) will play the final at home. The semi-finals are as follows:

Semi-final 1 (1 – 4): Iceland – Romania
Semi-final 2 (2 – 3): Bulgaria – Hungary

If Iceland, Bulgaria or Hungary win Route A, then the winner of Route D will be included in Group C of UEFA EURO 2020. If Romania wins Route A then the winner of Route D will be included in Group F of UEFA EURO 2020.

The remaining three C-League teams – Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania – have been assigned to Route A to complete the semi-final pairings in order of ranking:

  • The best ranked player plays the 2nd semi-final at home.
  • The next team in the standings plays the 2-0 semi-final away from home.
  • The next team in the standings plays the semi-final 1 away from home.

Additional Sorting
Denmark and Russia are both qualified for UEFA EURO 2020. As host nations (Copenhagen and St Petersburg) and paired together in Group B of the final stage of the tournament, a draw will be needed to determine which of the two teams will play the group stage at home; The other host nation will play two home group stage matches.

Key points

  • The play-offs will be decided on the basis of the outcome of the first phase of the UEFA Nations League, which ended in November 2018.
  • There are four different ‘paths’ based on the UEFA Nations League ranking.
  • The play-offs, to be played in March 2020, include semi-finals in a single competition and finals. They will award the last four places available for UEFA EURO 2020, while the other 20 will be in the top two in the 10 groups of the normal qualifiers.

Who participates in the play-offs?

  • Four playoff places are awarded to each UEFA Nations League league from D to A, in reverse alphabetical order.
  • The winners of the UEFA Nations League group stage enter the play-offs if they have not qualified directly for the final stage through the qualifying rounds.
  • If the winner of a UEFA Nations League group has qualified directly for the final stage, the next team in the respective league rankings (see the UEFA Nations League Rules) who have not qualified directly goes to the play-offs.
  • If fewer than four teams from a league enter the play-offs, the remaining places are allocated according to the UEFA Nations League general classification (see UEFA Nations League rules) to the top-ranked teams that have not already been qualified directly. However, group winners cannot be on a play-off course along with teams with a higher ranking.

Main dates

Playoff draw: 22 November
Final stage draw: 30 November 2019
Play-offs, semi-finals: 26 March 2020
Playoffs, finals: 31 March 2020
Final stage: June 12-July 12, 2020

With the confirmation of the 20 teams qualified directly from the group stage and the 16 teams qualified for the play-offs, UEFA is able to confirm that the procedures established for the draw of the play-offs and the final stage can be fully carried out. No additional draw will be required (the draw was provisionally scheduled for 1 April 2020).