UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking

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The UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking has been used by UEFA since 1995 to grant three berths for the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.

Current club qualification system[edit]

The three highest placed national associations in the UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking will each automatically gain an extra qualification berth for the First Qualifying Round, providing they have exceeded the threshold of games played, and have a minimum average score of 8.0. These berths are then allocated to the highest placed club in that association's own Fair Play league that has not yet qualified for either the UEFA Champions League or the UEFA Europa League.

Old club qualification system[edit]

The highest finishing clubs in the national Fair Play rankings not yet participating in either the UEFA Champions League or the UEFA Cup were potential contenders for the three remaining berths. The club from the association which won the Fair Play ranking qualified automatically for the first qualifying round of the UEFA Cup. The two other teams were drawn out of the clubs from the associations that have reached the threshold of minimum games and had a score of at least 8.

Ranking[edit]

All representative teams from a football association are responsible for the score of the Fair Play ranking of that association. This includes matches of all national teams and all clubs in all UEFA competitions. The ranking is composed from 1 May until 30 April the following year. The criteria for the ranking is Fair Play.

Criteria[edit]

Teams are judged on the following criteria:

  • Yellow and red cards: If no cards are shown the score will be 10. Every yellow card will deduct this total by 1. A red card will cost a team 3 points in the ranking. If the red card is the result of a second yellow card the deductions of the second yellow card will be ignored. But if a player gets a direct red card after he got a yellow card earlier, the yellow card will be counted as a deduction. This score could become negative
  • Positive play: e.g. attacking tactics, acceleration of the game, efforts to gain time, and continued pursuit of goals. A team can score a maximum of 10 points and a minimum of 1 point
  • Respect to the opponent: e.g. returning the ball to the opponent at a throw-in, helping an injured opponent: maximum 5 points, minimum 1 point
  • Respect to the referee: maximum 5 points, minimum 1 point
  • Behaviour of the team officials: maximum 5 points, minimum 1 point
  • Behaviour of the fans: maximum 5 points, minimum 1 point
NB: this criterion is ignored when the number of fans is negligible e.g. if there are no fans at all or because of penalty that was given by the UEFA

The total number of points will be divided by the maximum number of points, 40 (or 35 if there are a negligible amount of fans), and multiplied by 10 which will result in a score between 0 and 10. The score is calculated to two decimal points and not rounded up.

Current ranking[edit]

The ranking below covers matches from 1 May to 31 December 2014.[1]

The final ranking at the end of the 2014–15 season will be used to determine the three associations that gain an extra qualification berth for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League First Qualifying Round.

Rank Member association Total points Matches played
1 Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 8.235 55
2 Netherlands Netherlands 8.173 85
3 England England 8.171 120
4 Finland Finland 8.122 55
5 Denmark Denmark 8.106 67
6 Germany Germany 8.099 106
7 Spain Spain 8.097 116
8 Norway Norway 8.092 55
9 Iceland Iceland 8.072 46
10 Austria Austria 8.054 56
11 Sweden Sweden 8.053 90
12 Scotland Scotland 8.050 75
13 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 8.008 40
14 Switzerland Switzerland 8.008 76
15 Italy Italy 7.957 100
16 Russia Russia 7.936 97
17 Poland Poland 7.902 60
18 France France 7.888 83
19 Belgium Belgium 7.880 78
20 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 7.877 39
21 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 7.852 53
22 Bulgaria Bulgaria 7.850 67
23 Wales Wales 7.840 44
24 Czech Republic Czech Republic 7.835 59
25 Lithuania Lithuania 7.800 45
26 Romania Romania 7.774 67
27 Portugal Portugal 7.758 106
28 Cyprus Cyprus 7.750 65
29 Israel Israel 7.747 47
30 Estonia Estonia 7.744 48
31 Ukraine Ukraine 7.735 94
32 Croatia Croatia 7.732 76
33 Hungary Hungary 7.727 58
34 Slovakia Slovakia 7.710 63
35 Slovenia Slovenia 7.707 61
36 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 7.705 48
37 Serbia Serbia 7.699 63
38 Greece Greece 7.692 74
39 Malta Malta 7.686 38
40 Belarus Belarus 7.675 73
41 Georgia (country) Georgia 7.595 32
42 Turkey Turkey 7.568 74
43 Moldova Moldova 7.540 45
44 Montenegro Montenegro 7.476 40
45 Latvia Latvia 7.456 39
46 Republic of Macedonia Macedonia 7.446 47
47 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 7.408 49
48 Albania Albania 7.316 33
49 Gibraltar Gibraltar 7.915 17
50 Armenia Armenia 7.764 22
51 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 7.660 16
52 Luxembourg Luxembourg 7.551 20
53 San Marino San Marino 7.439 20
54 Andorra Andorra 6.903 24

Cut-off: 30 matches played
Group 1: 30 or more matches played; Group 2: fewer than 30 matches played.

UEFA Fair Play winners[edit]

Year Top association Nominated team Drawn Notes
Association Nominated team Association Nominated team
1995 Norway Norway Viking England England Leeds United Luxembourg Luxembourg Avenir Beggen [2]
1996 Sweden Sweden Malmö Russia Russia CSKA Moscow Finland Finland Jazz Pori [2]
1997 Norway Norway Brann England England Aston Villa Sweden Sweden Örebro [2]
1998 England England Aston Villa Finland Finland FinnPa Norway Norway Molde [2]
1999 Scotland Scotland Kilmarnock Norway Norway Bodø/Glimt Estonia Estonia JK Viljandi Tulevik [2]
2000 Sweden Sweden Norrköping Belgium Belgium Lierse Spain Spain Rayo Vallecano [2]
2001 Belarus Belarus Shakhtyor Finland Finland MYPA Slovakia Slovakia Matador Púchov [2]
2002 Norway Norway SK Brann England England Ipswich Town Czech Republic Czech Republic Sigma Olomouc [3]
2003 England England Manchester City France France Lens Denmark Denmark Esbjerg [4]
2004 Sweden Sweden Öster Armenia Armenia Mika Ukraine Ukraine Illichivets Mariupol [5][6][7]
2005 Norway Norway Viking Germany Germany Mainz 05 Denmark Denmark Esbjerg [8]
2006 Sweden Sweden Gefle Belgium Belgium Roeselare Norway Norway Brann [9]
2007 Sweden Sweden Häcken Finland Finland MYPA Norway Norway Lillestrøm [10][11]
2008 England England Manchester City Germany Germany Hertha Berlin Denmark Denmark Nordsjælland[12] [13][14]
Year Top association Nominated team Second association Nominated team Third association Nominated team Notes
2009 Norway Norway Rosenborg Denmark Denmark Randers Scotland Scotland Motherwell [15]
2010 Sweden Sweden Gefle Denmark Denmark Randers Finland Finland MYPA(a) [16]
2011 Norway Norway Aalesund England England Fulham Sweden Sweden Häcken [17][18]
2012 Norway Norway Stabæk Finland Finland MYPA Netherlands Netherlands Twente [19]
2013 Sweden Sweden Gefle Norway Norway Tromsø Finland Finland Mariehamn [20]
2014 Norway Norway Tromsø Sweden Sweden Brommapojkarna Finland Finland MYPA [21]

Note:

  • Teams that performed the best in a given year when compared to the other two Fair Play qualifiers, either by advancing further or earning more points, are listed in italic

^a) Both Randers and MYPA made to the 3rd Qualification round however MYPA had more wins in the tournament

Most wins[edit]

Future[edit]

It has been reported by the Finnish Football Association that the Fair Play berths will no longer be allocated after the 2015–16 season. Instead, a financial bonus will be paid by UEFA to the best Fair Play association, the most improved association, and the association with the best behaved viewers.[22][23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UEFA Respect Fair Play Intermediate Rankings 2014/15". UEFA. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Fair Play Ranking". Bert Kasses. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Norway Top Rankings". UEFA. Archived from the original on 29 March 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2008. 
  4. ^ "City Reward for English Fair Play". UEFA. 3 June 2003. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Sweden Top Fair Play Ranking". UEFA. Retrieved 19 May 2008. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Sweden Top Fair Play Ranking". Xinhua News Agency. 4 June 2004. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "Söderberg seals Öster success". UEFA. 29 July 2004. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Viking Rewarded for Fair Play". UEFA. 1 June 2005. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Sweden Tops Fair Play Ranking". UEFA. 1 June 2006. Retrieved 19 May 2008. 
  10. ^ "Sweden earn UEFA Cup place via Fair Play ranking". UEFA. 9 May 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2008. 
  11. ^ "Nordic nations win Fair Play places". UEFA. 15 May 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2008. 
  12. ^ "FC Nordsjælland i UEFA Cup'en". Dansk Boldspil-Union. 25 May 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2008. 
  13. ^ "England win Fair Play". UEFA. 9 May 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2008. 
  14. ^ "Fair Play bonus for Germans and Danes". UEFA. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  15. ^ "Norway confirmed as Fair Play winners". UEFA. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  16. ^ "Sweden top Fair Play rankings". UEFA. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  17. ^ "Fair Play bonus for Norway, England and Sweden". UEFA. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  18. ^ http://www.premierleague.com/page/FairPlayTable/0,,12306,00.html
  19. ^ "Norway wins UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking". UEFA. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "Respect Fair Play bonus for Sweden, Norway, Finland". UEFA.com. 13 May 2013. 
  21. ^ "Norway, Sweden, Finland top Respect Fair Play table". UEFA.com. 8 May 2014. 
  22. ^ "Suomi neljäntenä UEFA Fair Play-rankingissa" (in Finnish). Finnish Football Association. 13 January 2015. 
  23. ^ ""Upcoming changes in Fair Play competition"". Bert Kassies. 13 January 2015.