2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
The 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship (also known as UEFA Under-21 Euro 2021) will be the 23rd edition of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship (26th edition if the Under-23 era is also included), the biennial international youth football championship organised by UEFA for the men's under-21 national teams of Europe. The tournament will be co-hosted by Hungary and Slovenia in 13–27 June 2021.
|2021-es U21-es labdarúgó-Európa-bajnokság|
Evropsko prvenstvo v nogometu do 21 let 2021
|Dates||13–27 June 2021|
|Teams||16 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||6 (proposed) (in 6 host cities)|
Initially, 12 teams were to play in the tournament, however on 6 February 2019, UEFA's Executive Committee increased this number to 16. Only players born on or after 1 January 1998 are eligible to participate.
Spain are the defending champions.
The following associations indicated their interests to bid for the tournament:
All 55 UEFA nations entered the competition, and with the co-hosts Hungary and Slovenia qualifying automatically, the other 53 teams will compete in the qualifying competition to determine the remaining 14 spots in the final tournament. The qualifying competition consists of two rounds:
- Qualifying group stage: The 53 teams are drawn into nine groups: eight groups of six teams and one group of five teams. Each group is played in home-and-away round-robin format. The nine group winners and the best runners-up (not counting results against the sixth-placed team) qualify directly for the final tournament, while the remaining eight runners-up advance to the play-offs.
- Play-offs: The eight teams are drawn into four ties to play home-and-away two-legged matches to determine the last four qualified teams.
The draw for the qualifying group stage will be held on 11 December 2018. The qualifying group stage will take place from March 2019 to October 2020, while the play-offs will take place in November 2020.
The following teams qualified for the final tournament.
Note: All appearance statistics include only U-21 era (since 1978).
|Team||Method of qualification||Date of qualification||Appearance||Last appearance||Previous best performance|
|Hungary||Co-hosts||3 December 2018||5th||1996 (quarter-finals)||Semi-finals (1986)|
|Slovenia||Co-hosts||3 December 2018||1st||—||Debut|
The 16 teams will be drawn into four groups of four teams. The two hosts will be assigned to positions A1 and B1 in the draw, while the other teams will be seeded according to their coefficient ranking following the end of the qualifying stage, calculated based on the following:
- 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship final tournament and qualifying competition (20%)
- 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship final tournament and qualifying competition (40%)
- 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying competition (group stage only) (40%)
The opening match will be in Slovenia, while the final will be in Hungary.
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