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