2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification

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2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification
Tournament details
Dates 22 March 2013 – 14 October 2014
Teams 52 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 234
Goals scored 790 (3.38 per match)
Top scorer(s) England Saido Berahino (10 goals)
2013
2017

The 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship started with a qualifying competition which began in March 2013 and finished in September 2014. The final tournament will be held in Czech Republic. The draw for the qualifying rounds was held on 31 January 2013 in Nyon, with matches played between March 2013 and September 2014.[1]

There are ten groups. Two of these groups have six teams; the remaining eight groups consists of five teams. Group competition is a double round robin: each team hosts a game with every other team in its group. At the conclusion of qualifying, the 10 teams at the top of each group and four best second-placed teams qualify for the two-legged play-offs scheduled in October 2014, with the seven winners of the play-off ties joining Czech Republic in the finals.

Seeding[edit]

A total of fifty-two participating teams were divided in five draw pots based on the UEFA Under-21 coefficient ranking. Pots A through D contained ten teams, while pot E twelve teams.[1]

Pot A Pot B Pot C Pot D Pot E

Before the draw UEFA confirmed that, for political reasons, Armenia would not be drawn against Azerbaijan (due to the dispute concerning territory of Nagorno-Karabakh) and Georgia would not be drawn against Russia (due to the dispute regarding the territory of South Ossetia and Abkhazia) in the qualifiers for 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

Tiebreakers[edit]

If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings.[2]

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question
  2. Superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the group matches played among the teams in question
  4. Higher number of goals scored away from home in the group matches played among the teams in question
  5. If, after applying criteria 1) to 4) to several teams, two or more teams still have an equal ranking, the criteria 1) to 4) will be reapplied to determine the ranking of these teams. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 6) and 7) will apply
  6. Results of all group matches:
    1. Superior goal difference
    2. Higher number of goals scored
    3. Higher number of goals scored away from home
  7. Position in the UEFA Under-21 coefficient ranking used for the group stage draw

Qualifying group stage[edit]

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and four best runners up advance to the play-offs

Group 1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 10 9 1 0 31 2 +29 28 Play-offs 3–0 1–0 1–0 5–0 9–0
2  Finland 10 4 4 2 17 10 +7 16 1–1 1–0 2–2 2–2 5–0
3  Moldova 10 5 1 4 12 6 +6 16 0–3 1–0 0–0 3–0 2–0
4  Wales 10 3 3 4 12 13 −1 12 1–3 1–5 1–0 2–0 4–0
5  Lithuania 10 2 2 6 6 19 −13 8 0–1 0–1 0–3 1–1 2–1
6  San Marino 10 1 1 8 2 30 −28 4 0–4 0–0 0–3 1–0 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Denmark 10 8 2 0 37 9 +28 26 Play-offs 4–2 2–2 7–1 8–0 6–0
2  Russia 10 7 1 2 22 12 +10 22 0–2 2–1 3–1 1–0 5–0
3  Slovenia 10 5 2 3 29 11 +18 17 2–2 0–1 2–1 0–1 5–0
4  Bulgaria 10 2 3 5 18 26 −8 9 2–3 3–3 1–5 1–1 3–0
5  Estonia 10 2 3 5 9 23 −14 9 0–1 1–2 1–7 2–2 1–1
6  Andorra 10 0 1 9 1 35 −34 1 0–2 0–3 0–5 0–3 0–2
Source: UEFA

Group 3[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Slovakia 8 5 2 1 19 7 +12 17 Play-offs 2–2 1–1 1–0 3–0
2  Netherlands 8 5 1 2 22 6 +16 16 0–1 4–0 0–1 3–1
3  Scotland 8 3 2 3 12 15 −3 11 2–1 1–6 1–1 3–0
4  Georgia 8 3 1 4 8 15 −7 10 1–3 0–6 2–1 0–3[a]
5  Luxembourg 8 1 0 7 5 23 −18 3 1–7 0–1 0–3 0–3
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ Match originally ended as a 1–1 draw, but UEFA later awarded the match as a 3–0 forfeit win to Luxembourg.

Group 4[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 8 7 1 0 24 6 +18 22 Play-offs 1–1 1–0 3–2 4–0
2  Austria 8 5 1 2 15 12 +3 16 2–6 4–2 2–0 1–3
3  Hungary 8 3 0 5 12 13 −1 9 0–1 0–2 4–1 0–2
4  Bosnia and Herzegovina 8 2 0 6 10 22 −12 6 1–6 0–2 1–4 4–1
5  Albania 8 2 0 6 7 15 −8 6 0–2 0–1 1–2 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group 5[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Croatia 8 6 1 1 20 5 +15 19 Play-offs 1–1 0–2 3–1 4–0
2  Ukraine 8 6 1 1 20 8 +12 19 0–2 2–0 2–1 3–0
3   Switzerland 8 5 0 3 23 8 +15 15 0–2 1–2 7–1 5–1
4  Latvia 8 2 0 6 11 22 −11 6 1–3 1–5 0–2 4–0
5  Liechtenstein 8 0 0 8 3 34 −31 0 0–5 2–5 0–6 0–2
Source: UEFA

Group 6[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Germany 8 6 2 0 25 5 +20 20 Play-offs 8–0 2–0 2–0 3–2
2  Romania 8 3 3 2 14 19 −5 12 2–2 4–3 0–0 3–1
3  Montenegro 8 3 2 3 12 11 +1 11 1–1 3–2 0–0 3–0
4  Republic of Ireland 8 2 2 4 10 12 −2 8 0–4 0–1 1–2 5–2
5  Faroe Islands 8 1 1 6 9 23 −14 4 0–3 2–2 1–0 1–4
Source: UEFA

Group 7[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 8 5 1 2 20 14 +6 16 Play-offs 3–0 3–1 4–3 5–0
2  Greece 8 5 0 3 20 10 +10 15 5–1 3–1 2–1 5–0
3  Poland 8 5 0 3 17 10 +7 15 2–0 3–1 3–1 2–0
4  Turkey 8 4 1 3 16 11 +5 13 2–2 1–0 1–0 4–0
5  Malta 8 0 0 8 2 30 −28 0 1–2 0–4 1–5 0–3
Source: UEFA

Group 8[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Portugal 8 8 0 0 22 6 +16 24 Play-offs 3–0 5–1 3–1 2–0
2  Israel 8 5 0 3 22 15 +7 15 3–4 4–1 7–2 2–1
3  Norway 8 3 0 5 11 19 −8 9 1–2 1–3 1–3 2–1
4  Azerbaijan 8 2 1 5 9 15 −6 7 0–2 3–0 0–1 0–0
5  Macedonia 8 1 1 6 4 13 −9 4 0–1 0–3 1–3 1–0
Source: UEFA

Group 9[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Italy 8 6 0 2 19 7 +12 18 Play-offs 3–2 1–3 7–1 3–0
2  Serbia 8 5 1 2 18 10 +8 16 1–0 2–2 2–1 3–1
3  Belgium 8 5 1 2 15 7 +8 16 0–1 0–3 2–0 1–0
4  Cyprus 8 2 0 6 7 21 −14 6 0–2 2–1 0–6 3–0
5  Northern Ireland 8 1 0 7 3 17 −14 3 0–2 1–4 0–1 1–0
Source: UEFA

Group 10[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 8 7 1 0 28 7 +21 22 Play-offs 1–1 5–0 6–0 1–0
2  Iceland 8 5 1 2 20 11 +9 16 3–4 2–0 4–0 4–1
3  Kazakhstan 8 3 0 5 8 18 −10 9 1–5 3–2 0–1 1–2
4  Armenia 8 3 0 5 7 19 −12 9 1–4 1–2 1–2 2–1
5  Belarus 8 1 0 7 6 14 −8 3 1–2 1–2 0–1 0–1
Source: UEFA

Ranking of second-placed teams[edit]

Because some groups contain six teams and some five, matches against the sixth-placed team in each group are not included in this ranking. As a result, eight matches played by each team will count for the purposes of the second-placed table.

The following criteria are applied to determine the rankings.[2]

  1. Higher number of points obtained in these matches
  2. Superior goal difference from these matches
  3. Higher number of goals scored in these matches
  4. Higher number of away goals scored in these matches
  5. Position in the UEFA Under-21 coefficient ranking used for the group stage draw
Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 5  Ukraine 8 6 1 1 20 8 +12 19 Play-offs
2 3  Netherlands 8 5 1 2 22 6 +16 16
3 10  Iceland 8 5 1 2 20 11 +9 16
4 9  Serbia 8 5 1 2 18 10 +8 16
5 4  Austria 8 5 1 2 15 12 +3 16
6 2  Russia 8 5 1 2 14 12 +2 16
7 7  Greece 8 5 0 3 20 10 +10 15
8 8  Israel 8 5 0 3 22 15 +7 15
9 1  Finland 8 3 3 2 12 10 +2 12
10 6  Romania 8 3 3 2 14 19 −5 12
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Away goals scored; 5) National team coefficient.

Play-offs[edit]

The play-offs for the tournament finals will be held on 9,10 and 14 October 2014. The seven winners qualify for the final tournament in Czech Republic.[2]

Seedings[edit]

The draw for the play-offs was held on 12 September 2014 in Nyon to determine the seven pairings as well as the order of the home and away ties. The seven group winners with the highest competition coefficients were seeded and were drawn against the unseeded teams. Nations from the same group could not be drawn against each other.[3][4]

Each nation's coefficient was generated by calculating:[2]

Matches[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Slovakia  2–4  Italy 1–1 1–3
France  3–4  Sweden 2–0 1–4
Denmark  1–1 (a)  Iceland 0–0 1–1
England  4–2  Croatia 2–1 2–1
Netherlands  4–7  Portugal 0–2 4–5
Ukraine  0–5  Germany 0–3 0–2
Serbia  2–1  Spain 0–0 2–1

Top goalscorers[edit]

The top scorers in the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification were as follows. Players in italics have also played in the play-offs.[5]

Rank Name Goals Apps Minutes played
1 England Saido Berahino 10 10 800
2 Poland Arkadiusz Milik 9 6 517
3 Spain Álvaro Morata 8 7 583
Iceland Emil Atlason 8 10 599
Israel Moanes Dabour 8 7 616
6 Croatia Marcelo Brozović 7 7 586
Netherlands Quincy Promes 7 7 596
Germany Philipp Hofmann 7 10 726

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2015 UEFA European U21 Championship qualifying draw UEFA.com
  2. ^ a b c d "Regulations of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2013–15" (PDF). 
  3. ^ "Under-21 play-off seedings confirmed for draw". UEFA. 12 September 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Jong Oranje in Pot B". onsoranje.nl. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Statistics – Goals scored". UEFA.com. 

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