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2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification

The 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying competition is a men's under-21 football competition that will determine the 14 teams joining the automatically qualified co-hosts Hungary and Slovenia in the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship final tournament.[1]

2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification
Tournament details
Dates20 March 2019 – 17 November 2020
Teams53 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played14
Goals scored53 (3.79 per match)
Top scorer(s)Belarus Ivan Bakhar
Belarus Pavel Klenyo
(3 goals each)
2019
2023
All statistics correct as of 11 June 2019.

Apart from Hungary and Slovenia, all remaining 53 UEFA member national teams entered the qualifying competition. Players born on or after 1 January 1998 are eligible to participate.

Contents

FormatEdit

The qualifying competition consists of two rounds:[2]

  • 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.

TiebreakersEdit

In the qualifying group stage, teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Article 14.01):[2]

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. Away goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  5. If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
  6. Goal difference in all group matches;
  7. Goals scored in all group matches;
  8. Away goals scored in all group matches;
  9. Wins in all group matches;
  10. Away wins in all group matches;
  11. Disciplinary points (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);
  12. UEFA coefficient for the qualifying group stage draw.

To determine the best runners-up from the qualifying group stage, the results against the teams in sixth place are discarded. The following criteria are applied (Regulations Article 15.02):[2]

  1. Points;
  2. Goal difference;
  3. Goals scored;
  4. Away goals scored;
  5. Wins;
  6. Away wins;
  7. Disciplinary points;
  8. UEFA coefficient for the qualifying group stage draw.

In the play-offs, 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, extra time is played. 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 (Regulations Article 19.01).[2]

ScheduleEdit

The qualifying matches are played on dates that fall within the FIFA International Match Calendar.

Stage FIFA International Dates
Qualifying group stage 18–26 March 2019
3–11 June 2019
2–10 September 2019
7–15 October 2019
11–19 November 2019
23–31 March 2020
31 August – 8 September 2020
5–13 October 2020
Play-offs 9–17 November 2020

Qualifying group stageEdit

DrawEdit

The draw for the qualifying group stage was held on 11 December 2018, 09:00 CET (UTC+1), at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.[3]

The teams were seeded according to their coefficient ranking, calculated based on the following:

Each group contained one team from each of Pots A–F (Pots A–E for five-team group). For political reasons, Spain and Gibraltar, and Serbia and Kosovo would not be drawn in the same group.[3]

Final tournament co-hosts
Team
  Hungary
  Slovenia
Teams entering qualifying group stage
Pot A
Team
  Germany
  England
  Spain
  Portugal
  Denmark
  France
  Italy
  Serbia
  Croatia
Pot B
Team
  Austria
  Sweden
  Belgium
  Slovakia
  Poland
  Romania
  Czech Republic
  Netherlands
  Israel
Pot C
Team
  Greece
  Ukraine
  Norway
  Russia
  Turkey
  Iceland
  Wales
   Switzerland
  Montenegro
Pot D
Team
  Bulgaria
  Finland
  Republic of Ireland
  Georgia
  Kosovo
  Scotland
  North Macedonia
  Belarus
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Pot E
Team
  Northern Ireland
  Albania
  Moldova
  Lithuania
  Kazakhstan
  Latvia
  Azerbaijan
  Armenia
  Cyprus
Pot F
Team
  Luxembourg
  Malta
  Estonia
  Faroe Islands
  Gibraltar
  Andorra
  San Marino
  Liechtenstein
Notes
  • Teams marked in bold qualified for the final tournament.

GroupsEdit

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Republic of Ireland 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3 Final tournament 10 Oct '19 19 Nov '19 26 Mar '20 6 Sep '19 3–0
2   Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Final tournament if best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
13 Oct '20 31 Mar '20 16 Nov '19 19 Nov '19 10 Sep '19
3   Sweden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 Sep '19 8 Sep '20 12 Oct '19 13 Oct '20 9 Oct '20
4   Iceland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 Oct '19 9 Oct '20 4 Sep '20 9 Sep '19 6 Sep '19
5   Armenia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 Nov '19 14 Oct '19 26 Mar '20 31 Mar '20 11 Oct '19
6   Luxembourg 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 0 31 Mar '20 26 Mar '20 15 Oct '19 13 Oct '20 8 Sep '20
Updated to match(es) played on 24 March 2019. Source: UEFA

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Liechtenstein 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 Final tournament 26 Mar '20 9 Oct '19 10 Sep '19 8 Sep '20 1–0
2   France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Final tournament if best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
8 Oct '20 12 Oct '20 30 Mar '20 15 Nov '19 10 Oct '19
3   Slovakia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 Mar '20 15 Oct '19 8 Sep '20 18 Nov '19 8 Oct '20
4    Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 Oct '20 19 Nov '19 4 Sep '20 11 Oct '19 26 Mar '20
5   Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 Sep '19 4 Sep '20 26 Mar '20 9 Oct '20 13 Oct '20
6   Azerbaijan 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 14 Nov '19 7 Sep '20 6 Sep '19 15 Oct '19 10 Sep '19
Updated to match(es) played on 6 June 2019. Source: UEFA

Group 3Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Kosovo 2 2 0 0 7 1 +6 6 Final tournament 3–1 27 Mar '20 13 Oct '20 4 Sep '20 9 Oct '20
2   Turkey 3 1 1 1 5 6 −1 4 Final tournament if best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
8 Sep '20 2–2 4 Sep '20 6 Sep '19 13 Oct '20
3   Albania 3 0 2 1 5 6 −1 2 15 Oct '19 1–2 8 Sep '20 15 Nov '19 9 Sep '19
4   Andorra 2 0 1 1 2 6 −4 1 0–4 19 Nov '19 2–2 8 Oct '20 5 Sep '19
5   England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 Sep '19 31 Mar '20 13 Oct '20 26 Mar '20 15 Oct '19
6   Austria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 Nov '19 11 Oct '19 4 Sep '20 30 Mar '20 8 Sep '20
Updated to match(es) played on 11 June 2019. Source: UEFA

Group 4Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Greece 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 3 Final tournament 10 Sep '19 13 Oct '20 27 Mar '20 31 Mar '20 5–0
2   Lithuania 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3 Final tournament if best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
8 Oct '20 14 Nov '19 13 Oct '20 8 Sep '20 27 Mar '20
3   Croatia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 Sep '20 31 Mar '20 18 Nov '19 10 Sep '19 8 Oct '20
4   Czech Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 Oct '19 6 Sep '19 7 Sep '20 14 Oct '19 14 Nov '19
5   Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 Nov '19 10 Oct '19 27 Mar '20 9 Oct '20 5 Sep '19
6   San Marino 2 0 0 2 0 8 −8 0 7 Sep '20 0–3 14 Oct '19 2 Sep '20 13 Oct '20
Updated to match(es) played on 10 June 2019. Source: UEFA

Group 5Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Serbia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Final tournament 9 Oct '20 19 Nov '19 8 Sep '20 10 Sep '19 15 Nov '19
2   Poland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Final tournament if best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
15 Oct '19 8 Sep '20 13 Oct '20 27 Mar '20 10 Sep '19
3   Russia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 Sep '19 11 Oct '19 4 Sep '20 15 Nov '19 9 Oct '20
4   Bulgaria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 Oct '19 15 Nov '19 10 Sep '19 9 Oct '20 31 Mar '20
5   Latvia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 Sep '20 6 Sep '19 13 Oct '20 15 Oct '19 8 Sep '20
6   Estonia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 Oct '20 4 Sep '20 15 Oct '19 5 Sep '19 11 Oct '19
First match(es) will be played on 5 September 2019. Source: UEFA

Group 6Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Kazakhstan 2 2 0 0 5 2 +3 6 Final tournament 6 Sep '19 10 Sep '19 8 Oct '20 3 Sep '20 13 Oct '20
2   Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Final tournament if best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
31 Mar '20 13 Oct '20 14 Nov '19 10 Sep '19 8 Oct '20
3   Israel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 Sep '20 19 Nov '19 31 Mar '20 14 Nov '19 15 Oct '19
4   North Macedonia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 Oct '19 8 Sep '20 26 Mar '20 13 Oct '20 10 Sep '19
5   Montenegro 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0 1–2 15 Oct '19 8 Oct '20 10 Oct '19 6 Sep '19
6   Faroe Islands 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0 1–3 26 Mar '20 2 Sep '20 19 Nov '19 31 Mar '20
Updated to match(es) played on 11 June 2019. Source: UEFA

Group 7Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Belarus 1 1 0 0 10 0 +10 3 Final tournament 9 Oct '20 10 Sep '19 4 Sep '20 11 Oct '19 10–0
2   Cyprus 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 Final tournament if best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
15 Oct '19 4 Sep '20 13 Oct '20 15 Nov '19 1–0
3   Portugal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 Sep '20 26 Mar '20 31 Mar '20 9 Oct '20 5 Sep '19
4   Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 Mar '20 10 Sep '19 11 Oct '19 8 Sep '20 8 Oct '20
5   Norway 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 Oct '20 6 Sep '19 19 Nov '19 15 Oct '19 4 Sep '20
6   Gibraltar 2 0 0 2 0 11 −11 0 19 Nov '19 31 Mar '20 13 Oct '20 14 Nov '19 28 Mar '20
Updated to match(es) played on 8 June 2019. Source: UEFA

Group 8Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Denmark 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Final tournament 10 Sep '19 4 Sep '20 13 Oct '20 10 Oct '19 19 Nov '19
2   Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Final tournament if best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
31 Mar '20 10 Oct '19 14 Nov '19 14 Oct '19 13 Oct '20
3   Ukraine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 Nov '19 9 Oct '20 6 Sep '19 31 Mar '20 10 Sep '19
4   Finland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 Oct '19 4 Sep '20 8 Sep '20 10 Sep '19 10 Oct '19
5   Northern Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 Sep '20 19 Nov '19 13 Oct '20 9 Oct '20 6 Sep '19
6   Malta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 Oct '20 8 Sep '20 27 Mar '20 31 Mar '20 4 Sep '20
First match(es) will be played on 6 September 2019. Source: UEFA

Group 9Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 3 Final tournament 15 Oct '19 31 Mar '20 4 Sep '20 4–0
2   Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Final tournament if best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
13 Oct '20 17 Nov '19 31 Mar '20 3 Sep '20
3   Belgium 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 Sep '19 8 Sep '20 9 Oct '20 15 Oct '19
4   Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 Nov '19 10 Sep '19 6 Sep '19 27 Mar '20
5   Moldova 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4 0 8 Sep '20 9 Oct '20 13 Oct '20 11 Oct '19
Updated to match(es) played on 26 March 2019. Source: UEFA

Ranking of second-placed teamsEdit

To determine the best second-placed team from the qualifying group stage which advance directly to the final tournament, only the results of the second-placed teams against the first, third, fourth and fifth-placed teams in their group are taken into account, while results against the sixth-placed team in six-team groups are not included. As a result, eight matches played by each second-placed team are counted for the purposes of determining the ranking.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 3   Turkey 3 1 1 1 5 6 −1 4 Final tournament
2 4   Lithuania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Play-offs
3 7   Cyprus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 1 Group 1 second place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 2 Group 2 second place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 5 Group 5 second place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 6 Group 6 second place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 8 Group 8 second place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 9 Group 9 second place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Updated to match(es) played on 11 June 2019. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) away goals scored; 5) wins; 6) away wins; 7) disciplinary points; 8) coefficient.

Play-offsEdit

DrawEdit

The draw for the play-offs will be held in October 2020, to decide the matchups and the order of legs.

MatchesEdit

The four play-off winners qualify for the final tournament.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
TBD TBD 9–17 Nov '20 9–17 Nov '20
TBD TBD 9–17 Nov '20 9–17 Nov '20
TBD TBD 9–17 Nov '20 9–17 Nov '20
TBD TBD 9–17 Nov '20 9–17 Nov '20

Qualified teamsEdit

The following 16 teams qualify for the final tournament.

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in Under-21 Euro1
only U-21 era (since 1978)
  Hungary Co-hosts 3 December 2018[1] 4 (1978, 1980, 1986, 1996)
  Slovenia Co-hosts 3 December 2018[1] 0 (debut)
TBD Group 1 winners 2020
TBD Group 2 winners 2020
TBD Group 3 winners 2020
TBD Group 4 winners 2020
TBD Group 5 winners 2020
TBD Group 6 winners 2020
TBD Group 7 winners 2020
TBD Group 8 winners 2020
TBD Group 9 winners 2020
TBD Best runners-up 2020
TBD Play-off winners November 2020
TBD Play-off winners November 2020
TBD Play-off winners November 2020
TBD Play-off winners November 2020
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Hungary and Slovenia to co-host 2021 Under-21 EURO". UEFA. 3 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "2019-21 UEFA European Under-21 Championship regulations" (PDF). UEFA.
  3. ^ a b "2020/21 Under-21 qualifying draw". UEFA.com.

External linksEdit