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UEFA Euro 2016
Championnat d'Europe de football 2016 (French)
UEFA Euro 2016 Logo.svg
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Tournament details
Host country France
Dates 10 June – 10 July 2016
Teams 24 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 10 (in 10 host cities)
2012
2020

The 2016 UEFA European Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2016 or simply Euro 2016, will be the 15th edition of the UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international men's football championship of Europe organized by UEFA. It is scheduled to be held in France from 10 June to 10 July 2016.[1][2] Spain are two-time defending champions.

For the first time, the European Championship final tournament will be contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the 16-team format used since 1996.[3] Under this new format, the finalists will contest a group stage consisting of six groups of four teams, followed by a knockout stage including three rounds and the final. 19 teams (the top two from each of the nine qualifying groups and the best third-placed team) joined France who qualified automatically as hosts; a series of two-legged play-off ties between the remaining third-placed teams in November 2015 decided the last four spots at the final tournament.

France was chosen as the host nation on 28 May 2010, after a bidding process in which they beat Italy and Turkey for the right to host the 2016 finals.[4][5] The matches will be played in ten stadia in ten cities: Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne, and Toulouse. It will be the third time that France hosts the tournament, after the inaugural tournament in 1960 and the 1984 finals. The French team have won the European Championship twice: in 1984 and 2000.

The winning team earns the right to compete at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup hosted by Russia.

Bid process

Main article: UEFA Euro 2016 bids

Four bids came before the deadline at 9 March 2009. France, Italy and Turkey put in single bids while Norway and Sweden put in a joint bid.[6] Norway and Sweden eventually withdrew their bid in December 2009.[7]

The host was selected on 28 May 2010.[8]

Voting results
Country Round[9]
1st (points) 2nd (votes)
France France 43 7
Turkey Turkey 38 6
Italy Italy 23
Total 104 13
  • Round 1: Each of the thirteen members of the UEFA Executive Committee ranked the 3 bids first, second, and third. First place ranking received 5 points, second place 2 points, and third place 1 point.
  • Round 2: The same thirteen-member committee voted for either of the two finalists.

Qualification

The qualifying draw took place at the Palais des Congres Acropolis in Nice, on 23 February 2014,[2] with the first matches being played in September 2014.[1]

A total of 53 teams competed for 23 places in the final tournament to join France, who have automatically qualified as hosts. Gibraltar competed in a European Championship qualifying for the first time since their affiliation to UEFA in 2013. The seeding pots were formed on the basis of the UEFA national team coefficients, with the Euro 2012 champions Spain and hosts France automatically top seeded.

The 53 national sides were drawn into eight groups of six teams and one group of five teams. The group winners, runners-up, and the best third-placed team (with the results against the sixth-placed team discarded) qualify directly to the final tournament. The remaining eight third-placed teams will contest two-legged play-offs to determine the last four qualifiers.[10][11][12]

The UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino stated in March 2012 that UEFA would review the qualification competition to ensure that it was not "boring".[13] In September 2011, during UEFA's first ever full strategy meeting, Michel Platini proposed a qualification format involving two group stages, but the proposal was not accepted by the member associations.[14] In May 2013, Platini confirmed a similar qualifying format would be again discussed during the September 2013 UEFA executive committee meeting in Dubrovnik.[15]

Qualified teams

  Team qualified for finals
  Team failed to qualify

Thirteen of the sixteen teams (including hosts France) that qualified for Euro 2012 qualified again for the 2016 final tournament. Among them were England, who became only the sixth team to record a flawless qualifying campaign (10 wins in 10 matches),[16] defending European champions Spain, and world champions Germany, who qualified for their 12th straight European Championship finals.[17]

Romania, Turkey, Austria and Switzerland all returned after missing out in 2012, with the Austrians qualifying for just their second final Euro tournament, after having co-hosted Euro 2008.[18] Returning to the final tournament after long absences were Belgium for the first time since co-hosting Euro 2000, and Hungary for the first time in 44 years, having last appeared at Euro 1972, and 30 years since appearing in a major tournament, their previous one being the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

Five teams secured their first-ever qualification to a UEFA European Championship final tournament: Albania, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Slovakia and Wales.[18] Northern Ireland, Slovakia and Wales had each previously competed in the FIFA World Cup, while Albania and Iceland had never participated in a major tournament in their history.[18] Similarly, both Austria and Ukraine completed successful qualification campaigns for the first time, having only previously qualified as hosts (of 2008 and 2012 respectively).

Scotland were the only team from the British Isles not to qualify for the finals,[19] and 2004 champions Greece finished bottom in their group. Two other previous Euro champions, 1988 winners Netherlands and 1992 victors Denmark both missed out on the finals; the Netherlands for the first time since Euro 1984 (also held in France), and missing out on their first major tournament since the 2002 FIFA World Cup as well as their failure to qualify being only 16 months after the team finished third in the 2014 FIFA World Cup [20] and Denmark for the first time since Euro 2008, after losing in the play-off rounds to Sweden.

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament1
 France Hosts 28 May 2010 8 (1960, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 England Group E winner 5 September 2015 8B (1968, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2012)
 Czech Republic2 Group A winner 6 September 2015 8B (1960, 1976, 1980, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Iceland Group A runner-up 6 September 2015 0 (debut)
 Austria Group G winner 8 September 2015 1 (2008)
 Northern Ireland Group F winner 8 October 2015 0 (debut)
 Portugal Group I winner 8 October 2015 6 (1984, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Spain Group C winner 9 October 2015 9 (1964, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
  Switzerland Group E runner-up 9 October 2015 3 (1996, 2004, 2008)
 Italy Group H winner 10 October 2015 8 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Belgium Group B winner 10 October 2015 4 (1972, 1980, 1984, 2000)
 Wales Group B runner-up 10 October 2015 0 (debut)
 Romania Group F runner-up 11 October 2015 4 (1984, 1996, 2000, 2008)
 Albania Group I runner-up 11 October 2015 0 (debut)
 Germany3 Group D winner 11 October 2015 11 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Poland Group D runner-up 11 October 2015 2 (2008, 2012)
 Russia4 Group G runner-up 12 October 2015 10 (1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Slovakia Group C runner-up 12 October 2015 0 (debut)
 Croatia Group H runner-up 13 October 2015 4 (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Turkey Best third-placed team 13 October 2015 3 (1996, 2000, 2008)
 Hungary Play-off winner 15 November 2015 2 (1964, 1972)
 Republic of Ireland Play-off winner 16 November 2015 2 (1988, 2012)
 Sweden Play-off winner 17 November 2015 5 (1992, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Ukraine Play-off winner 17 November 2015 1 (2012)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.
2 From 1960 to 1992, the Czech Republic competed as Czechoslovakia.
3 From 1960 to 1988, Germany competed as West Germany.
4 From 1960 to 1988, Russia competed as the Soviet Union, and in 1992 as the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Final draw

The draw for the finals took place at the Palais des Congrès de la Porte Maillot in Paris on 12 December 2015, 18:00 CET.[1][2][21][22] The 24 qualified teams were drawn into six groups of four teams, with the hosts France being automatically placed in position A1. The remaining teams were seeded into four pots of five (Pot 1) or six teams (Pots 2, 3 and 4). As the title holders, Spain were seeded in Pot 1, while the other 22 teams were seeded according to the UEFA National team coefficients updated after the completion of the qualifying group stage (excluding the play-offs), which were released by UEFA on 14 October 2015.[23][24][25][26]

Pot 15
Team Coeff Rank
 Spain6 37,962 2
 Germany 40,236 1
 England 35,963 3
 Portugal 35,138 4
 Belgium 34,442 5
Pot 2
Team Coeff Rank
 Italy 34,345 6
 Russia 31,345 9
  Switzerland 31,254 10
 Austria 30,932 11
 Croatia 30,642 12
 Ukraine 30,313 14
Pot 3
Team Coeff Rank
 Czech Republic 29,403 15
 Sweden 29,028 16
 Poland 28,306 17
 Romania 28,038 18
 Slovakia 27,171 19
 Hungary 27,142 20
Pot 4
Team Coeff Rank
 Turkey 27,033 22
 Republic of Ireland 26,902 23
 Iceland 25,388 27
 Wales 24,531 28
 Albania 23,216 31
 Northern Ireland 22,961 33
5 Hosts France (coefficient 33,599; rank 8th) were automatically assigned to position A1.
6 Defending champions Spain (coefficient 37,962; rank 2nd) were automatically assigned to Pot 1.

Venues

Initially, twelve stadiums were presented for the French bid, chosen on 28 May 2010. These venues were to be whittled down to nine by the end of May 2011, but it was suggested in June 2011 that eleven venues might be used.[27] The French Football Federation had to choose which nine stadiums would actually be used.

The choice for the first seven was undisputed – France's national stadium, the Stade de France, four newly constructed stadiums in Lille, Lyon, Nice and Bordeaux, and those of the biggest cities, Paris and Marseille. The last two remaining places, after Strasbourg opted out for financial reasons following relegation,[28] were chosen to be Lens and Nancy in the first round of voting, instead of Saint-Étienne and Toulouse, chosen as reserve stadiums.

In June 2011, the number of host venues was increased to eleven because of the new tournament format featuring 24 teams, instead of the previous 16.[29][30] The decision meant that the reserve cities of Toulouse and St-Étienne joined the list of hosts. However, in December 2011, Nancy announced its withdrawal from the tournament, after the stadium's renovation fell through,[31] so ten host cities will now be used.

Also, the Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes and the Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier (venues which were used for the 1998 World Cup) were not chosen. The final list of ten venues was confirmed by the UEFA Executive Committee on 25 January 2013.[32]

Saint-Denis 2 5 Marseille 1 2 3 4 Lyon 1 2 4 5 Lille
Stade de France Stade Vélodrome Parc Olympique Lyonnais Stade Pierre-Mauroy
48°55′28″N 2°21′36″E / 48.92444°N 2.36000°E / 48.92444; 2.36000 (Stade de France) 43°16′11″N 5°23′45″E / 43.26972°N 5.39583°E / 43.26972; 5.39583 (Stade Vélodrome) 45°45′56″N 4°58′52″E / 45.76556°N 4.98111°E / 45.76556; 4.98111 (Parc Olympique Lyonnais) 50°36′43″N 3°07′50″E / 50.61194°N 3.13056°E / 50.61194; 3.13056 (Stade Pierre-Mauroy)
Capacity: 81,338 Capacity: 67,394
(upgraded)
Capacity: 59,286
(new stadium)
Capacity: 50,186
(new stadium)
Finale Coupe de France 2010-2011 (Lille LOSC vs Paris SG PSG).jpg Stade Vélodrome OM-ManUTD 57957spectateurs.jpg Stade des Lumières - Vue du chantier en mai 2015.jpg Grand Stade Lille Métropole LOSC first match.JPG
 
 
Paris 1 2 3 4 Bordeaux 1 2
Parc des Princes Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux
48°50′29″N 2°15′11″E / 48.84139°N 2.25306°E / 48.84139; 2.25306 (Parc des Princes) 44°53′50″N 0°33′43″W / 44.89722°N 0.56194°W / 44.89722; -0.56194 (Bordeaux)
Capacity: 47,000
(upgraded)
Capacity: 42,115
(new stadium)
Parc des Princes - PSG vs Nice.jpg Bordeaux Larnaca Nouveau Stade 4.jpg
   
Saint-Étienne 2 4 5 Nice Lens 2 4 Toulouse 1 2
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard Allianz Riviera Stade Bollaert-Delelis Stadium Municipal
45°27′39″N 4°23′24″E / 45.46083°N 4.39000°E / 45.46083; 4.39000 (St Etienne) 43°42′25″N 7°11′40″E / 43.70694°N 7.19444°E / 43.70694; 7.19444 (Nice) 50°25′58.26″N 2°48′53.47″E / 50.4328500°N 2.8148528°E / 50.4328500; 2.8148528 (Lens) 43°34′59″N 1°26′3″E / 43.58306°N 1.43417°E / 43.58306; 1.43417 (Toulouse)
Capacity: 41,965
(upgraded)
Capacity: 35,624
(new stadium)
Capacity: 38,223
(upgraded)
Capacity: 33,300
(upgraded)
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard - Saint-Etienne (10-11-2013).jpg Allianzcoupdenvoi.jpg Stade Bollaert Delelis.JPG Stadium de Toulouse.jpg

Note: Capacity figures are those for matches at UEFA Euro 2016 and are not necessarily the total capacity that the stadium is capable of holding.

^1 – Host city at the 1938 World Cup
^2 – Host city at the 1998 World Cup
^3 – Host city at the 1960 European Nations' Cup
^4 – Host city at Euro 1984
^5 – Host city at the 2003 Confederations Cup
^6 – All capacities are approximate

Finals format

To accommodate the expansion from a 16 team finals tournament to 24 teams, the format will be changed from that used in 2012 with the addition of two extra groups in the group stage, and an extra round in the knockout stages. The six groups (A to F) would still contain four teams each, with the top two from each group still going through to the knockout stage. In the new format however, the four best third-ranked sides would also progress, leaving 16 teams going into the new round of 16 knockout stage, ahead of the usual quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, and only 8 teams going out at the group stage.[13] The format is exactly the one which was applied to the 1986, 1990 and 1994 FIFA World Cups, with the exception of the absence of a third-place play-off.

This format generates a total of 51 games, compared with 31 games for the previous 16-team tournament, to be played over a period of 31 days. UEFA's general secretary Gianni Infantino previously described the format as "not ideal" due to the need for third-ranked teams in the group stage advancing, leading to a difficulty in preventing situations where teams might be able to know in advance what results they need to progress out of the group, lending to a lack of suspense for fans, or even the prospect of mutually beneficial collusion between teams.[13]

Squads

Each national team has to submit a squad of 23 players, three of whom must be goalkeepers, at least ten days before the opening match of the tournament. If a player is injured or ill severely enough to prevent his participation in the tournament before his team's first match, he can be replaced by another player.[12]

Match officials

On 15 December 2015, UEFA named eighteen referees for Euro 2016.[33]

Referee Assistant referees Additional assistant referees Country Matches refereed
Martin Atkinson England England
Felix Brych Germany Germany
Cüneyt Çakır Turkey Turkey
Mark Clattenburg England England
Willie Collum Scotland Scotland
Jonas Eriksson Sweden Sweden
Ovidiu Hațegan Romania Romania
Sergei Karasev Russia Russia
Viktor Kassai Hungary Hungary
Pavel Královec Czech Republic Czech Republic
Björn Kuipers Netherlands Netherlands
Szymon Marciniak Poland Poland
Milorad Mažić Serbia Serbia
Svein Oddvar Moen Norway Norway
Nicola Rizzoli Italy Italy
Damir Skomina Slovenia Slovenia
Clément Turpin France France
Carlos Velasco Carballo Spain Spain

Broadcasting

The International Broadcast Centre (IBC) will be located at the Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles in Paris.[2]

Group stage

UEFA announced the schedule of the tournament on 25 April 2014,[34][35] and it was confirmed on 12 December 2015 after the final draw.[36] All times are local, CEST (UTC+2).

Group winners, runners-up, and best four third-placed teams advance to the Round of 16.

Tiebreakers

If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following tie-breaking criteria will be applied:[37]

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question;
  2. Superior goal difference resulting from the matches played between the teams in question;
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question;
  4. If, after having applied criteria 1 to 3, teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 3 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 5 to 9 apply;
  5. Superior goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  7. If only two teams have the same number of points, and they are tied according to criteria 1–6 after having met in the last round of the group stage, their ranking is determined by a penalty shoot-out. (This criterion is not used if more than two teams have the same number of points.)
  8. Fair play conduct (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card);
  9. Position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system.

The four best third-placed teams are determined according to the following criteria:[37]

  1. Higher number of points obtained;
  2. Superior goal difference;
  3. Higher number of goals scored;
  4. Fair play conduct;
  5. Position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system.

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
2  Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Albania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase
4   Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 10 June 2016. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

10 June 2016 (2016-06-10)
21:00
France  Match 1  Romania
Report

11 June 2016 (2016-06-11)
15:00
Albania  Match 2   Switzerland
Report

15 June 2016 (2016-06-15)
18:00
Romania  Match 14   Switzerland
Report

15 June 2016 (2016-06-15)
21:00
France  Match 15  Albania
Report

19 June 2016 (2016-06-19)
21:00
Switzerland   Match 26  France
Report

19 June 2016 (2016-06-19)
21:00
Romania  Match 25  Albania
Report

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
2  Russia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase
4  Slovakia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 11 June 2016. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

11 June 2016 (2016-06-11)
18:00
Wales  Match 3  Slovakia
Report

11 June 2016 (2016-06-11)
21:00
England  Match 4  Russia
Report

15 June 2016 (2016-06-15)
15:00
Russia  Match 13  Slovakia
Report

16 June 2016 (2016-06-16)
15:00
England  Match 16  Wales
Report

20 June 2016 (2016-06-20)
21:00
Slovakia  Match 28  England
Report

20 June 2016 (2016-06-20)
21:00
Russia  Match 27  Wales
Report

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
2  Ukraine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Poland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase
4  Northern Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 12 June 2016. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

12 June 2016 (2016-06-12)
18:00
Poland  Match 6  Northern Ireland
Report

12 June 2016 (2016-06-12)
21:00
Germany  Match 7  Ukraine
Report

16 June 2016 (2016-06-16)
18:00
Ukraine  Match 17  Northern Ireland
Report

16 June 2016 (2016-06-16)
21:00
Germany  Match 18  Poland
Report

21 June 2016 (2016-06-21)
18:00
Northern Ireland  Match 30  Germany
Report

21 June 2016 (2016-06-21)
18:00
Ukraine  Match 29  Poland
Report

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
2  Czech Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Turkey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase
4  Croatia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 12 June 2016. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

12 June 2016 (2016-06-12)
15:00
Turkey  Match 5  Croatia
Report

13 June 2016 (2016-06-13)
15:00
Spain  Match 8  Czech Republic
Report

17 June 2016 (2016-06-17)
18:00
Czech Republic  Match 20  Croatia
Report

17 June 2016 (2016-06-17)
21:00
Spain  Match 21  Turkey
Report

21 June 2016 (2016-06-21)
21:00
Croatia  Match 32  Spain
Report

21 June 2016 (2016-06-21)
21:00
Czech Republic  Match 31  Turkey
Report

Group E

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Belgium 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
2  Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Republic of Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase
4  Sweden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 13 June 2016. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

13 June 2016 (2016-06-13)
18:00
Republic of Ireland  Match 9  Sweden
Report

13 June 2016 (2016-06-13)
21:00
Belgium  Match 10  Italy
Report

17 June 2016 (2016-06-17)
15:00
Italy  Match 19  Sweden
Report

18 June 2016 (2016-06-18)
15:00
Belgium  Match 22  Republic of Ireland
Report

22 June 2016 (2016-06-22)
21:00
Sweden  Match 36  Belgium
Report

22 June 2016 (2016-06-22)
21:00
Italy  Match 35  Republic of Ireland
Report

Group F

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Portugal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
2  Iceland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Austria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase
4  Hungary 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 14 June 2016. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

14 June 2016 (2016-06-14)
18:00
Austria  Match 11  Hungary
Report

14 June 2016 (2016-06-14)
21:00
Portugal  Match 12  Iceland
Report

18 June 2016 (2016-06-18)
18:00
Iceland  Match 23  Hungary
Report

18 June 2016 (2016-06-18)
21:00
Portugal  Match 24  Austria
Report

22 June 2016 (2016-06-22)
18:00
Iceland  Match 33  Austria
Report

22 June 2016 (2016-06-22)
18:00
Hungary  Match 34  Portugal
Report

Ranking of third-placed teams

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 A Third place group A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
2 B Third place group B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 C Third place group C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 D Third place group D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 E Third place group E 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 F Third place group F 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 10 June 2016. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Knockout phase

In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out are used to decide the winner if necessary.[12]

Knockout phase structure

In the round of 16, UEFA have arranged the match-ups to take place as follows:[37]

  • Match 1: Runner-up Group A v Runner-up Group C
  • Match 2: Winner Group D v 3rd Place Group B/E/F
  • Match 3: Winner Group B v 3rd Place Group A/C/D
  • Match 4: Winner Group F v Runner-up Group E
  • Match 5: Winner Group C v 3rd Place Group A/B/F
  • Match 6: Winner Group E v Runner-up Group D
  • Match 7: Winner Group A v 3rd Place Group C/D/E
  • Match 8: Runner-up Group B v Runner-up Group F

The specific match-ups involving the third-placed teams depend on which four third-placed teams qualify for the round of 16:[37]

  Combinations which are still possible
  Combinations which are no longer possible
Best ranked groups Winner Group A v Winner Group B v Winner Group C v Winner Group D v
A B C D 3C 3D 3A 3B
A B C E 3C 3A 3B 3E
A B C F 3C 3A 3B 3F
A B D E 3D 3A 3B 3E
A B D F 3D 3A 3B 3F
A B E F 3E 3A 3B 3F
A C D E 3C 3D 3A 3E
A C D F 3C 3D 3A 3F
A C E F 3C 3A 3F 3E
A D E F 3D 3A 3F 3E
B C D E 3C 3D 3B 3E
B C D F 3C 3D 3B 3F
B C E F 3E 3C 3B 3F
B D E F 3E 3D 3B 3F
C D E F 3C 3D 3F 3E

The quarter-final match-ups are:[37]

  • Quarter-final 1: Winner Match 1 v Winner Match 2
  • Quarter-final 2: Winner Match 3 v Winner Match 4
  • Quarter-final 3: Winner Match 5 v Winner Match 6
  • Quarter-final 4: Winner Match 7 v Winner Match 8

The semi-final match-ups are:[37]

  • Semi-final 1: Winner Quarter-final 1 v Winner Quarter-final 2
  • Semi-final 2: Winner Quarter-final 3 v Winner Quarter-final 4

The final match-up is: Winner Semi-final 1 v Winner Semi-final 2. As with every tournament since UEFA Euro 1984, there is no third-place match.

Bracket

 
Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 
                           
 
25 June – Saint-Étienne
 
 
Runner-up Group A
 
30 June – Marseille
 
Runner-up Group C
 
Winner Match 37
 
25 June – Lens
 
Winner Match 39
 
Winner Group D
 
6 July – Lyon
 
3rd Group B / E / F
 
Winner Match 45
 
25 June – Paris
 
Winner Match 46
 
Winner Group B
 
1 July – Lille
 
3rd Group A / C / D
 
Winner Match 38
 
26 June – Toulouse
 
Winner Match 42
 
Winner Group F
 
10 July – Saint-Denis
 
Runner-up Group E
 
Winner Match 49
 
26 June – Lille
 
Winner Match 50
 
Winner Group C
 
2 July – Bordeaux
 
3rd Group A / B / F
 
Winner Match 41
 
27 June – Saint-Denis
 
Winner Match 43
 
Winner Group E
 
7 July – Marseille
 
Runner-up Group D
 
Winner Match 47
 
26 June – Lyon
 
Winner Match 48
 
Winner Group A
 
3 July – Saint-Denis
 
3rd Group C / D / E
 
Winner Match 40
 
27 June – Nice
 
Winner Match 44
 
Runner-up Group B
 
 
Runner-up Group F
 

Round of 16

25 June 2016 (2016-06-25)
15:00
Runner-up Group A Match 37 Runner-up Group C

25 June 2016 (2016-06-25)
18:00
Winner Group B Match 38 3rd Group A / C / D

25 June 2016 (2016-06-25)
21:00
Winner Group D Match 39 3rd Group B / E / F

26 June 2016 (2016-06-26)
15:00
Winner Group A Match 40 3rd Group C / D / E

26 June 2016 (2016-06-26)
18:00
Winner Group C Match 41 3rd Group A / B / F

26 June 2016 (2016-06-26)
21:00
Winner Group F Match 42 Runner-up Group E

27 June 2016 (2016-06-27)
18:00
Winner Group E Match 43 Runner-up Group D

27 June 2016 (2016-06-27)
21:00
Runner-up Group B Match 44 Runner-up Group F

Quarter-finals

30 June 2016 (2016-06-30)
21:00
Winner Match 37 Match 45 Winner Match 39

1 July 2016 (2016-07-01)
21:00
Winner Match 38 Match 46 Winner Match 42

2 July 2016 (2016-07-02)
21:00
Winner Match 41 Match 47 Winner Match 43

3 July 2016 (2016-07-03)
21:00
Winner Match 40 Match 48 Winner Match 44

Semi-finals

6 July 2016 (2016-07-06)
21:00
Winner Match 45 Match 49 Winner Match 46

7 July 2016 (2016-07-07)
21:00
Winner Match 47 Match 50 Winner Match 48

Final

Main article: UEFA Euro 2016 Final

10 July 2016 (2016-07-10)
21:00
Winner Match 49 Match 51 Winner Match 50

Discipline

A player is automatically suspended for the next match for the following offences:[12]

  • Receiving a red card (red card suspensions may be extended for serious offences)
  • Receiving two yellow cards in two different matches; yellow cards expire after the completion of the quarter-finals (yellow card suspensions are not carried forward to any other future international matches)

The following suspensions will be served during the tournament:

Player Team Offence(s) Suspended for match(es)
Marek Suchý  Czech Republic Red card vs Netherlands in qualifying (13 October 2015) Group D v Spain
Gökhan Töre  Turkey Red card vs Iceland in qualifying (13 October 2015) Group D v Croatia
Group D v Spain

Controversies

Following the attacks on Paris on 13 November 2015, including one in which the intended target was a game at the Stade de France, controversies about the safety of players and tourists during the upcoming tournament arose. Noël Le Graët, president of the French Football Federation explained that the concern for security had increased following the attacks. He claimed "there was already a concern for the Euros, now it's obviously a lot higher. We will continue to do everything we can, so that security is assured despite all the risks that this entails. I know that everyone is vigilant. Obviously this means that we will now be even more vigilant. But it’s a permanent concern for the federation and the [French] state."[38]

Marketing

Logo and slogan

The official logo was unveiled on 26 June 2013, during a ceremony at the Pavillon Cambon Capucines in Paris.[39] Conceived by Portuguese agency Brandia Central, which also created the visual identity for the previous European Championship, the design is based on the theme "Celebrating the art of football". The logo depicts the Henri Delaunay trophy with the blue, white and red colours of the French flag, surrounded by a mixture of shapes and lines representing different artistic movements and football elements.[40]

On 17 October 2013, UEFA announced the official slogan of the tournament: Le Rendez-Vous. Asked about its meaning, Jacques Lambert, chairman of the Euro 2016 organising committee, told that the slogan "is much more than a reminder of dates (...) and venues". He further explained that "UEFA is sending out an invitation to football fans throughout the world and to lovers of major events, an invitation to meet up and share the emotions of an elite-level tournament."[41]

Video game

The UEFA Euro 2016 video game will be released by Konami as a free DLC on "Pro Evolution Soccer 2016".[42][43]

Mascot

The official mascot of the tournament, Super Victor, was unveiled on 18 November 2014.[44] He is a child superhero in the kit of the France national football team, with a red cape at the back, to echo the colours of the Flag of France. The cape, boots and ball are claimed to be the child's superpowers. The mascot first appeared during the match between France and Sweden at the Stade Vélodrome, Marseille on 18 November 2014. The name of the mascot was revealed on 30 November 2014 after receiving about 50,000 votes from the public on the official UEFA website, beating the other nominated names of "Driblou" and "Goalix".[45] It is based on the idea of victory and references the boy's super powers that he gained when he found the magic cape, boots and ball.[46]

Sponsorship

Global sponsors National sponsors

Match ball

Main article: Adidas Beau Jeu

The official match ball, Beau Jeu, was unveiled on 12 November 2015 by former France player Zinedine Zidane.[63]

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