UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
|Dates||7 September 2014 – 17 November 2015|
|Teams||53 (from 1 confederation)|
|Goals scored||343 (2.68 per match)|
|Attendance||2,889,766 (22,576 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Danny Welbeck
|Qualification for championships (UEFA)|
The qualifying competition for UEFA Euro 2016 is a football competition scheduled to be played from September 2014 to November 2015 to determine the 23 teams to join France, who qualify automatically as hosts of UEFA Euro 2016. A total of 53 UEFA member national teams will participate in the qualifying process for the tournament places, with Gibraltar taking part for the first time.
The draw took place at the Palais des Congrès Acropolis, Nice, on 23 February 2014. Sides were seeded according to the UEFA national team coefficient rankings, which were announced along with the draw procedure and final tournament match schedule after the 23–24 January Executive Committee meeting in Nyon.
- 1 Branding
- 2 Qualified teams
- 3 Format
- 4 Schedule
- 5 Qualifying group stage
- 6 Play-offs
- 7 Broadcasting
- 8 Goalscorers
- 9 References
- 10 External links
UEFA unveiled the branding for the qualifiers on 15 April 2013. It shows a national jersey inside a heart, and represents Europe, honour and ambition. The same branding will also be used for the European qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
|Team||Qualified as||Qualified on||Previous appearances in tournament1|
|France||Hosts||28 May 2010||8 (1960, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)|
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.
All UEFA member associations are eligible to compete in the qualifying competition, with the hosts (France) qualifying directly to the finals tournament. The other 53 teams are drawn into eight groups of six teams (Groups A–H) and one group of five teams (Group I). The group winners, runners-up, and the best third-placed team (with the results against the sixth-placed team discarded) directly qualify to the finals. The eight remaining third-placed teams contest two-legged play-offs to determine the last four qualifiers for the finals.
For the qualifying group stage, the teams were seeded into six pots (Pots 1–5 with 9 teams and Pot 6 with 8 teams) for the qualifying group stage draw according to the UEFA national team coefficient rankings, with the title holders (Spain) automatically seeded into Pot 1. Each nation's coefficient is generated by calculating:
- 40% of the average ranking points per game earned in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying stage.
- 40% of the average ranking points per game earned in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying stage and final tournament.
- 20% of the average ranking points per game earned in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying stage and final tournament.
UEFA stated that nations with the largest markets in terms of contribution to the European Qualifiers revenue would be drawn into one of the groups containing six teams. They include England, Spain, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. UEFA has also stated in their regulations that "the teams drawn into the group of five teams will have France added to their group for the purpose of playing centralised friendlies".
For the play-offs the four ties are determined by draw, including the order of the two legs of each tie. The teams are seeded for the play-off draw according to the UEFA national team coefficient rankings updated after the completion of the group stage. Each nation's coefficient is generated by calculating:
- 40% of the average ranking points per game earned in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying group stage.
- 40% of the average ranking points per game earned in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying stage and final tournament.
- 20% of the average ranking points per game earned in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying stage and final tournament.
If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following tie-breaking criteria are applied:
- Higher number of points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question;
- Superior goal difference resulting from the matches played between the teams in question;
- Higher number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question;
- Higher number of goals scored away from home in the matches played between the teams in question;
- If, after having applied criteria 1 to 4, teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 4 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 6 to 10 apply;
- Superior goal difference in all group matches;
- Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
- Higher number of away goals scored in all group matches;
- Fair play conduct in all group matches (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);
- Position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system;
To determine the best third-placed team, the results against the teams in sixth place are discarded. The following criteria are applied:
- Higher number of points obtained;
- Superior goal difference;
- Higher number of goals scored;
- Higher number of away goals scored;
- Fair play conduct in all group matches;
- Position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system;
For each play-off tie, the team that scores more goals on aggregate over the two legs qualifies for the final tournament. If the aggregate score is level, the away goals rule is applied, i.e., the team that scores more goals away from home over the two legs advances. If away goals are also equal, then thirty minutes of extra time is played, divided into two fifteen-minutes halves. The away goals rule is again applied after extra time, i.e., if there are goals scored during extra time and the aggregate score is still level, the visiting team advances by virtue of more away goals scored. If no goals are scored during extra time, the tie is decided by penalty shoot-out.
This is the first qualifying tournament after UEFA announced centralised rights deals for both UEFA Euro and FIFA World Cup qualifying. UEFA has proposed the "Week of Football" concept for the scheduling of qualifying matches:
- Matches take place from Thursday to Tuesday.
- Kick-off times are largely set at 18:00 and 20:45 CET on Saturdays and Sundays, and 20:45 CET on Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
- On double-header matchweeks, teams play on Thursday and Sunday, or Friday and Monday, or Saturday and Tuesday.
- Matches in the same group are played on the same day.
There are ten matchdays for the qualifying group stage, and two matchdays for the play-offs:
|Qualifying group stage||Matchday 1||7–9 September 2014|
|Matchday 2||9–11 October 2014|
|Matchday 3||12–14 October 2014|
|Matchday 4||14–16 November 2014|
|Matchday 5||27–29 March 2015|
|Matchday 6||12–14 June 2015|
|Matchday 7||3–5 September 2015|
|Matchday 8||6–8 September 2015|
|Matchday 9||8–10 October 2015|
|Matchday 10||11–13 October 2015|
|Play-offs||1st leg||12–14 November 2015|
|2nd leg||15–17 November 2015|
Unlike previous qualifying campaigns where group fixtures were determined by negotiation between the national federations, UEFA themselves decided each group's fixture list, released the same day as the draw.
Qualifying group stage
- Groups A–H each contain one team from each of Pots 1–6, while Group I contains one team from each of Pots 1–5.
- For television rights reasons, England, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands were drawn into groups of 6 teams.
- For political reasons, Azerbaijan and Armenia (due to the disputed status of Nagorno-Karabakh), as well as Spain and Gibraltar (due to the disputed status of Gibraltar) could not be drawn in the same group. Unlike the previous UEFA qualifying tournament, Russia and Georgia had agreed to play each other if they were drawn together.
- France (Coeff: 30,992; Rank: 11) are partnered with the five-team Group I, which enables the 2016 tournament hosts to play friendlies against these countries on their 'spare' dates. These friendlies do not count in the qualifying group standings.
|Group winners, runners-up, and the best third-placed team among all groups directly qualify for the finals|
|Remaining eight third-placed teams advance to the play-offs|
|1||Czech Republic||5||4||1||0||11||6||+5||13||Advance to final tournament||—||2–1||2–1||10 Oct||1–1||3 Sep|
|2||Iceland||5||4||0||1||12||2||+10||12||12 Jun||—||2–0||3–0||10 Oct||6 Sep|
|3||Netherlands||5||2||1||2||11||6||+5||7||Final tournament or play-offs||13 Oct||3 Sep||—||1–1||6–0||3–1|
|4||Turkey||5||1||2||2||6||8||−2||5||1–2||13 Oct||6 Sep||—||3 Sep||3–1|
|5||Latvia||5||0||3||2||2||11||−9||3||6 Sep||0–3||12 Jun||1–1||—||13 Oct|
|6||Kazakhstan||5||0||1||4||4||13||−9||1||2–4||0–3||10 Oct||12 Jun||0–0||—|
|1||Belgium||5||3||2||0||13||1||+12||11||Advance to final tournament||—||0–0||13 Oct||5–0||3 Sep||6–0|
|2||Wales||5||3||2||0||7||2||+5||11||12 Jun||—||6 Sep||2–1||0–0||13 Oct|
|3||Israel||5||3||0||2||9||6||+3||9||Final tournament or play-offs||0–1||0–3||—||10 Oct||3–0||3 Sep|
|4||Cyprus||5||2||0||3||9||10||−1||6||6 Sep||3 Sep||1–2||—||13 Oct||5–0|
|5||Bosnia and Herzegovina||5||1||2||2||5||6||−1||5||1–1||10 Oct||12 Jun||1–2||—||6 Sep|
|6||Andorra||5||0||0||5||2||20||−18||0||10 Oct||1–2||1–4||12 Jun||0–3||—|
|1||Slovakia||5||5||0||0||11||2||+9||15||Advance to final tournament||—||2–1||8 Sep||9 Oct||14 Jun||3–0|
|2||Spain||5||4||0||1||14||3||+11||12||5 Sep||—||1–0||3–0||5–1||9 Oct|
|3||Ukraine||5||3||0||2||6||2||+4||9||Final tournament or play-offs||0–1||12 Oct||—||5 Sep||1–0||14 Jun|
|4||Belarus||5||1||1||3||4||10||−6||4||1–3||14 Jun||0–2||—||12 Oct||8 Sep|
|5||Macedonia||5||1||0||4||5||12||−7||3||0–2||8 Sep||9 Oct||1–2||—||3–2|
|6||Luxembourg||5||0||1||4||3||14||−11||1||12 Oct||0–4||0–3||1–1||5 Sep||—|
|1||Poland||5||3||2||0||16||3||+13||11||Advance to final tournament||—||2–0||2–2||11 Oct||13 Jun||7 Sep|
|2||Germany||5||3||1||1||9||4||+5||10||4 Sep||—||2–1||1–1||11 Oct||4–0|
|3||Scotland||5||3||1||1||11||5||+6||10||Final tournament or play-offs||8 Oct||7 Sep||—||1–0||1–0||6–1|
|4||Republic of Ireland||5||2||2||1||11||4||+7||8||1–1||8 Oct||13 Jun||—||7 Sep||7–0|
|5||Georgia||5||1||0||4||4||9||−5||3||0–4||0–2||4 Sep||1–2||—||8 Oct|
|6||Gibraltar||5||0||0||5||1||27||−26||0||0–7||13 Jun||11 Oct||4 Sep||0–3||—|
|1||England||5||5||0||0||15||1||+14||15||Advance to final tournament||—||3–1||8 Sep||4–0||9 Oct||5–0|
|2||Slovenia||5||3||0||2||10||4||+6||9||14 Jun||—||1–0||9 Oct||8 Sep||6–0|
|3||Switzerland||5||3||0||2||11||3||+8||9||Final tournament or play-offs||0–2||5 Sep||—||4–0||3–0||9 Oct|
|4||Lithuania||5||2||0||3||3||10||−7||6||12 Oct||0–2||14 Jun||—||1–0||8 Sep|
|5||Estonia||5||1||1||3||1||5||−4||4||0–1||1–0||12 Oct||5 Sep||—||14 Jun|
|6||San Marino||5||0||1||4||0||17||−17||1||5 Sep||12 Oct||0–4||0–2||0–0||—|
|1||Romania||5||4||1||0||7||1||+6||13||Advance to final tournament||—||2–0||1–1||8 Oct||1–0||7 Sep|
|2||Northern Ireland||5||4||0||1||8||4||+4||12||13 Jun||—||7 Sep||2–1||2–0||8 Oct|
|3||Hungary||5||2||2||1||4||3||+1||8||Final tournament or play-offs||4 Sep||1–2||—||1–0||8 Oct||0–0|
|4||Finland||5||1||1||3||5||7||−2||4||0–2||11 Oct||13 Jun||—||7 Sep||1–1|
|5||Faroe Islands||5||1||0||4||2||7||−5||3||11 Oct||4 Sep||0–1||1–3||—||13 Jun|
|6||Greece||5||0||2||3||1||5||−4||2||0–1||0–2||11 Oct||4 Sep||0–1||—|
|1||Austria||5||4||1||0||10||2||+8||13||Advance to final tournament||—||1–1||1–0||1–0||12 Oct||5 Sep|
|2||Sweden||5||2||3||0||7||3||+4||9||8 Sep||—||1–1||14 Jun||2–0||12 Oct|
|3||Russia||5||2||2||1||9||3||+6||8||Final tournament or play-offs||14 Jun||5 Sep||—||12 Oct||4–0||1–1|
|4||Montenegro||5||1||2||2||3||5||−2||5||9 Oct||1–1||0–3[a]||—||5 Sep||2–0|
|5||Liechtenstein||5||1||1||3||1||11||−10||4||0–5||9 Oct||8 Sep||0–0||—||14 Jun|
|6||Moldova||5||0||1||4||2||8||−6||1||1–2||0–2||9 Oct||8 Sep||0–1||—|
- Montenegro home match against Russia was awarded as a 3–0 win to Russia after match was abandoned after 67 minutes due to crowd violence and scuffle between players (caused by Dmitri Kombarov being hit by an object thrown from the Montenegrin sector). The original score was 0–0 and Russia missed a penalty moments before the match got abandoned. This was the second delay of the match as in the first minute, Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was hit by a flare, causing a 33-minute delay. Both teams were then charged by the UEFA.
|1||Croatia||5||4||1||0||15||2||+13||13||Advance to final tournament||—||12 Jun||5–1||10 Oct||6–0||2–0|
|2||Italy||5||3||2||0||8||4||+4||11||1–1||—||13 Oct||6 Sep||2–1||3 Sep|
|3||Norway||5||3||0||2||7||8||−1||9||Final tournament or play-offs||6 Sep||0–2||—||2–1||12 Jun||10 Oct|
|4||Bulgaria||5||1||2||2||6||7||−1||5||0–1||2–2||3 Sep||—||13 Oct||1–1|
|5||Azerbaijan||5||1||0||4||4||11||−7||3||3 Sep||10 Oct||0–1||1–2||—||2–0|
|6||Malta||5||0||1||4||1||9||−8||1||13 Oct||0–1||0–3||12 Jun||6 Sep||—|
|1||Portugal||4||3||0||1||4||2||+2||9||Advance to final tournament||—||8 Oct||0–1||2–1||1–0|
|2||Denmark||4||2||1||1||6||4||+2||7||0–1||—||4 Sep||13 Jun||2–1|
|3||Albania[a]||4||2||1||1||4||5||−1||7||Final tournament or play-offs||7 Sep||1–1||—||8 Oct||2–1|
|4||Serbia[a]||4||1||1||2||6||6||0||1||11 Oct||1–3||3–0[a]||—||4 Sep|
|5||Armenia||4||0||1||3||3||6||−3||1||13 Jun||7 Sep||11 Oct||1–1||—|
- Serbia's abandoned home match against Albania was awarded as 3–0 win to Serbia, who were also deducted three points because home fans invaded the pitch and attacked Albania players when a drone carried a pro-Albanian flag over the stadium. The decision was appealed by both Serbia and Albania, but was upheld by UEFA. Both associations have filed further appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Ranking of third-placed teams
The highest ranked third-placed team from the groups directly qualifies for the tournament, while the remainder enter the play-offs. As Group I contains five teams and the rest contain six, matches against any sixth-placed team in each group are not included in this ranking. As a result, a total of eight matches played by each team count toward the purpose of the third-placed ranking table.
|1||G||Russia||4||2||1||1||8||2||+6||7||Advance to final tournament|
|2||D||Scotland||4||2||1||1||5||4||+1||7||Advance to play-offs|
Rules for classification: 1) Points from matches against teams ranked first to fifth in the group; 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) Fair play ranking in these matches; 6) Position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system; 7) Drawing of lots.
The draw for the play-offs will be held in October 2015 after the completion of the group stage. The teams are seeded for the play-off draw according to the UEFA national team coefficient rankings updated after the completion of the group stage.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|12–14 Nov||15–17 Nov|
|12–14 Nov||15–17 Nov|
|12–14 Nov||15–17 Nov|
|12–14 Nov||15–17 Nov|
- 6 goals
- 5 goals
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- Ildefons Lima
- Marc Janko
- Rubin Okotie
- Dimitrij Nazarov
- Timofei Kalachev
- Kevin De Bruyne
- Dries Mertens
- Iliyan Mitsanski
- Marcelo Brozović
- Andrej Kramarić
- Luka Modrić
- Václav Pilař
- Nicklas Bendtner
- Riku Riski
- Tornike Okriashvili
- Birkir Bjarnason
- Giorgio Chiellini
- Yuriy Logvinenko
- Aleksandar Trajkovski
- Arjen Robben
- Robin van Persie
- Joshua King
- Kamil Grosicki
- Sebastian Mila
- Cristiano Ronaldo
- James McClean
- Aiden McGeady
- Paul Papp
- Bogdan Stancu
- Artyom Dzyuba
- Steven Naismith
- Zoran Tošić
- Marek Hamšík
- Juraj Kucka
- Adam Nemec
- Sergio Busquets
- David Silva
- Erkan Zengin
- Fabian Schär
- Serhiy Sydorchuk
- 1 goal
- Bekim Balaj
- Shkëlzen Gashi
- Ermir Lenjani
- Mërgim Mavraj
- Robert Arzumanyan
- Henrikh Mkhitaryan
- Marko Arnautović
- Martin Harnik
- Zlatko Junuzović
- Javid Huseynov
- Stanislaw Drahun
- Sergei Kornilenko
- Michy Batshuayi
- Christian Benteke
- Nacer Chadli
- Eden Hazard
- Radja Nainggolan
- Divock Origi
- Vedad Ibišević
- Nikolay Bodurov
- Andrey Galabinov
- Ventsislav Hristov
- Ivelin Popov
- Ivica Olić
- Danijel Pranjić
- Gordon Schildenfeld
- Vincent Laban
- Constantinos Makrides
- Giorgos Merkis
- Pavel Kadeřábek
- Ladislav Krejčí
- David Lafata
- Tomáš Necid
- Tomáš Sivok
- Pierre Højbjerg
- Thomas Kahlenberg
- Simon Kjær
- Lasse Vibe
- Phil Jagielka
- Harry Kane
- Raheem Sterling
- Andros Townsend
- Ats Purje
- Jóan Símun Edmundsson
- Christian Holst
- Roman Eremenko
- Jarkko Hurme
- Berat Sadik
- Nikoloz Gelashvili
- Jaba Kankava
- Mario Götze
- Toni Kroos
- Marco Reus
- Lee Casciaro
- Nikolaos Karelis
- Balázs Dzsudzsák
- Zoltán Gera
- Tamás Priskin
- Ádám Szalai
- Jón Daði Böðvarsson
- Rúrik Gíslason
- Eiður Guðjohnsen
- Aron Gunnarsson
- Kolbeinn Sigþórsson
- Ragnar Sigurðsson
- Tal Ben Haim II
- Tomer Hemed
- Gil Vermouth
- Eran Zahavi
- Leonardo Bonucci
- Antonio Candreva
- Graziano Pellè
- Simone Zaza
- Valērijs Šabala
- Aleksejs Višņakovs
- Franz Burgmeier
- Deivydas Matulevičius
- Saulius Mikoliūnas
- Arvydas Novikovas
- Stefano Bensi
- Lars Krogh Gerson
- David Turpel
- Rinat Abdulin
- Samat Smakov
- Besart Abdurahimi
- Agim Ibraimi
- Adis Jahović
- Clayton Failla
- Alexandru Dedov
- Alexandru Epureanu
- Stevan Jovetić
- Žarko Tomašević
- Mirko Vučinić
- Ibrahim Afellay
- Jeffrey Bruma
- Stefan de Vrij
- Gareth McAuley
- Niall McGinn
- Jamie Ward
- Mats Møller Dæhli
- Tarik Elyounoussi
- Håvard Nielsen
- Håvard Nordtveit
- Alexander Tettey
- Kamil Glik
- Grzegorz Krychowiak
- Krzysztof Mączyński
- Sławomir Peszko
- Łukasz Szukała
- Ricardo Carvalho
- Fábio Coentrão
- Wes Hoolahan
- Shane Long
- John O'Shea
- Claudiu Keșerü
- Ciprian Marica
- Raul Rusescu
- Aleksandr Kokorin
- Dmitri Kombarov
- Ikechi Anya
- Nemanja Matić
- Róbert Mak
- Peter Pekarík
- Stanislav Šesták
- Miroslav Stoch
- Vladimír Weiss
- Branko Ilić
- Josip Iličić
- Kevin Kampl
- Dejan Lazarević
- Andraž Struna
- Juan Bernat
- Diego Costa
- Álvaro Morata
- Sergio Ramos
- Jimmy Durmaz
- Ola Toivonen
- Blerim Džemaili
- Granit Xhaka
- Serdar Aziz
- Umut Bulut
- Bilal Kısa
- David Cotterill
- Aaron Ramsey
- Hal Robson-Kanu
- 1 own goal
- Mërgim Mavraj (playing against Armenia)
- Rashad Sadygov (playing against Croatia)
- Alyaksandr Martynovich (playing against Ukraine)
- Nikolay Bodurov (playing against Croatia)
- Yordan Minev (playing against Italy)
- Jordan Henderson (playing against Slovenia)
- Akaki Khubutia (playing against Scotland)
- Jordan Perez (playing against Republic of Ireland)
- Yogan Santos (playing against Germany)
- Jón Daði Böðvarsson (playing against Czech Republic)
- Giorgio Chiellini (playing against Azerbaijan)
- Martin Büchel (playing against Russia)
- Franz Burgmeier (playing against Russia)
- Giedrius Arlauskis (playing against Switzerland)
- Alessandro Della Valle (playing against England)
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