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.


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.


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.

UEFA Fair Play winners[edit]

Year Top association Nominated team Drawn Notes
Association Nominated team Association Nominated team
1995 Norway NFF Viking England FA Leeds United Luxembourg FLF Avenir Beggen [1]
1996 Sweden SvFF Malmö Russia FUR CSKA Moscow Finland SPL Jazz Pori [1]
1997 Norway NFF Brann England FA Aston Villa Sweden SvFF Örebro [1]
1998 England FA Aston Villa Finland SPL FinnPa Norway NFF Molde [1]
1999 Scotland SFA Kilmarnock Norway NFF Bodø/Glimt Estonia EJL JK Viljandi Tulevik [1]
2000 Sweden SvFF Norrköping Belgium KBVB Lierse Spain FEF Rayo Vallecano [1]
2001 Belarus BFF Shakhtyor Finland SPL MYPA Slovakia SFZ Matador Púchov [1]
2002 Norway NFF SK Brann England FA Ipswich Town Czech Republic FACR Sigma Olomouc [2]
2003 England FA Manchester City France FFF Lens Denmark DBU Esbjerg [3]
2004 Sweden SvFF Öster Armenia FFA Mika Ukraine FFU Illichivets Mariupol [4][5][6]
2005 Norway NFF Viking Germany DFB Mainz 05 Denmark DBU Esbjerg [7]
2006 Sweden SvFF Gefle Belgium KBVB Roeselare Norway NFF Brann [8]
2007 Sweden SvFF Häcken Finland SPL MYPA Norway NFF Lillestrøm [9][10]
2008 England FA Manchester City Germany DFB Hertha Berlin Denmark DBU Nordsjælland[11] [12][13]
Year Top associaton Nominated team Second association Nominated team Third association Nominated team Notes
2009 Norway NFF Rosenborg Denmark DBU Randers Scotland SFA Motherwell [14]
2010 Sweden SvFF Gefle Denmark DBU Randers Finland SPL MYPA(a) [15]
2011 Norway NFF Aalesund England FA Fulham Sweden SvFF Häcken [16][17]
2012 Norway NFF Stabæk Finland SPL MYPA Netherlands KNVB Twente [18]
2013 Sweden SvFF Gefle Norway NFF Tromsø Finland SPL Mariehamn [19]
2014 Norway NFF Tromsø Sweden SvFF Brommapojkarna Finland SPL MYPA [20]


  • 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]


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  2. ^ "Norway Top Rankings". UEFA. Archived from the original on 29 March 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2008. 
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  4. ^ "Sweden Top Fair Play Ranking". UEFA. Retrieved 19 May 2008. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Sweden Top Fair Play Ranking". Xinhua News Agency. 4 June 2004. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Söderberg seals Öster success". UEFA. 29 July 2004. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "Viking Rewarded for Fair Play". UEFA. 1 June 2005. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Sweden Tops Fair Play Ranking". UEFA. 1 June 2006. Retrieved 19 May 2008. 
  9. ^ "Sweden earn UEFA Cup place via Fair Play ranking". UEFA. 9 May 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2008. 
  10. ^ "Nordic nations win Fair Play places". UEFA. 15 May 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2008. 
  11. ^ "FC Nordsjælland i UEFA Cup'en". Dansk Boldspil-Union. 25 May 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2008. 
  12. ^ "England win Fair Play". UEFA. 9 May 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2008. 
  13. ^ "Fair Play bonus for Germans and Danes". UEFA. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  14. ^ "Norway confirmed as Fair Play winners". UEFA. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  15. ^ "Sweden top Fair Play rankings". UEFA. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  16. ^ "Fair Play bonus for Norway, England and Sweden". UEFA. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  17. ^ http://www.premierleague.com/page/FairPlayTable/0,,12306,00.html
  18. ^ "Norway wins UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking". UEFA. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  19. ^ "Respect Fair Play bonus for Sweden, Norway, Finland". UEFA.com. 13 May 2013. 
  20. ^ "Norway, Sweden, Finland top Respect Fair Play table". UEFA.com. 8 May 2014.