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 played169
Goals scored535 (3.17 per match)
Top scorer(s)England Eddie Nketiah
France Odsonne Édouard
(9 goals each)
2019
2023
All statistics correct as of 8 September 2020.

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.

FormatEdit

The qualifying competition would originally consist of the following 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.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe which caused the postponement of matches in the qualifying group stage, UEFA announced on 17 June 2020 that the play-offs would be cancelled. Instead, the nine group winners and the five best runners-up (not counting results against the sixth-placed team) qualify for the final tournament.[3][4][5]

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 ranking for the qualifying group stage draw.

To determine the five 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 ranking for the qualifying group stage draw.

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemicEdit

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, the UEFA Executive Committee approved on 28 August 2020 the following principles for the qualifying phase of the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship:[6]

  • If a team cannot field the minimum required number of players (at least 13 players including at least one goalkeeper) due to positive SARS-2 coronavirus tests and the match cannot be rescheduled, the team responsible for the match not taking place are considered to have forfeited the match and lost 0–3.
  • If UEFA comes to the conclusion that both or none of the teams are responsible for the match not taking place, the outcome of the match will be decided by drawing of lots, either home win 1–0, home loss 0–1 or draw 0–0, carried out by the UEFA administration.

ScheduleEdit

The qualifying matches are played on dates that fall within the FIFA International Match Calendar. The qualifying group stage was originally to end in October 2020, but was extended to November 2020 due to the postponement of the matches in March 2020. The play-offs, originally scheduled to be played in November 2020, were cancelled.[3][4][5]

Stage Draw date FIFA International Dates
Qualifying group stage 11 December 2018 18–26 March 2019
3–11 June 2019
2–10 September 2019
7–15 October 2019
11–19 November 2019
23–31 March 2020 (matches not played due to COVID-19 pandemic)[7]
31 August – 8 September 2020
5–13 October 2020
9–17 November 2020 (new dates for matches postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic)[5]

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.[8]

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). Based on the decisions taken by the UEFA Emergency Panel, Spain and Gibraltar, and Serbia and Kosovo would not be drawn in the same group.[8]

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 7 5 1 1 12 3 +9 16 Final tournament 0–0 12 Nov 4–1 1–0 3–0
2   Italy 6 4 1 1 15 3 +12 13 Final tournament if among five best runners-up 13 Oct 3–0 17 Nov 6–0 5–0
3   Iceland 6 4 0 2 11 9 +2 12 1–0 9 Oct 1–0 6–1 3–0
4   Sweden 6 3 0 3 13 8 +5 9 1–3 3–0 5–0 13 Oct 9 Oct
5   Armenia (E) 7 1 0 6 4 17 −13 3[a] 0–1 0–1 17 Nov 13 Nov 2–0
6   Luxembourg (Y) 6 1 0 5 2 17 −15 3[a] 17 Nov 12 Nov 13 Oct 0–3 2–1
Updated to match(es) played on 8 September 2020. Source: UEFA
(E) Eliminated; (Y) Cannot win group, but can still qualify for final tournament as one of the five best runners-up.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Ranked on head-to-head goal difference: Armenia +1, Luxembourg −1.

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1    Switzerland 6 6 0 0 17 4 +13 18 Final tournament 3–1 2–1 12 Nov 4–1 13 Oct
2   France 6 5 0 1 18 9 +9 15 Final tournament if among five best runners-up 16 Nov 3–2 5–0 12 Oct 8 Oct
3   Georgia (Y) 7 3 0 4 14 10 +4 9 9 Oct 0–2 13 Oct 12 Nov 4–0
4   Azerbaijan (Y) 7 2 0 5 4 13 −9 6[a] 0–1 1–2 0–3 2–1 1–0
5   Slovakia (Y) 6 2 0 4 13 17 −4 6[a] 1–2 3–5 3–2 8 Oct 17 Nov
6   Liechtenstein (Y) 6 1 0 5 3 16 −13 3 0–5 12 Nov 0–2 1–0 2–4
Updated to match(es) played on 8 September 2020. Source: UEFA
(Y) Cannot win group, but can still qualify for final tournament as one of the five best runners-up.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Ranked on head-to-head points: Azerbaijan 3, Slovakia 0.

Group 3Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   England 6 6 0 0 21 4 +17 18 Final tournament 5–1 17 Nov 13 Oct 2–0 13 Nov
2   Austria 7 4 0 3 17 13 +4 12 Final tournament if among five best runners-up 1–2 1–5 3–0 4–0 17 Nov
3   Albania (Y) 8 3 2 3 15 16 −1 11 0–3 0–4 1–2 2–1 3–1
4   Turkey (Y) 7 2 1 4 8 14 −6 7 2–3 13 Nov 2–2 17 Nov 1–0
5   Kosovo (Y) 6 2 0 4 8 15 −7 6 0–6 9 Oct 13 Nov 3–1 13 Oct
6   Andorra (Y) 6 1 1 4 6 13 −7 4 7 Oct 1–3 2–2 2–0 0–4
Updated to match(es) played on 8 September 2020. Source: UEFA
(Y) Cannot win group, but can still qualify for final tournament as one of the five best runners-up.

Group 4Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Czech Republic 7 4 3 0 17 2 +15 15 Final tournament 1–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 6–0
2   Greece 6 4 1 1 9 6 +3 13 Final tournament if among five best runners-up 13 Nov 17 Nov 13 Oct 1–0 5–0
3   Scotland 6 3 2 1 5 2 +3 11 9 Oct 0–1 12 Nov 0–0 2–0
4   Croatia 6 3 1 2 17 5 +12 10 1–2 5–0 1–2 17 Nov 8 Oct
5   Lithuania (Y) 6 1 1 4 4 7 −3 4 13 Oct 8 Oct 0–1 1–3 13 Nov
6   San Marino (E) 7 0 0 7 0 30 −30 0 0–6 0–1 13 Oct 0–7 0–3
Updated to match(es) played on 8 September 2020. Source: UEFA
(E) Eliminated; (Y) Cannot win group, but can still qualify for final tournament as one of the five best runners-up.

Group 5Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Russia 8 5 2 1 14 3 +11 17 Final tournament 2–2 2–0 1–0 9 Oct 2−0
2   Poland 7 5 1 1 15 5 +10 16 Final tournament if among five best runners-up 1–0 13 Oct 1–0 4–0 17 Nov
3   Bulgaria 7 3 2 2 9 4 +5 11 0–0 3−0 0–1 17 Nov 9 Oct
4   Serbia (E) 8 2 2 4 11 9 +2 8 0–2 9 Oct 1–2 6−0 1–1
5   Estonia (E) 7 1 1 5 3 27 −24 4[a] 0–5 0–6 0–4 13 Oct 2–1
6   Latvia (E) 7 0 4 3 5 9 −4 4[a] 13 Oct 0–1 0–0 2–2 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on 8 September 2020. Source: UEFA
(E) Eliminated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Ranked on head-to-head points: Estonia 4, Latvia 1.

Group 6Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Spain 6 5 1 0 10 1 +9 16 Final tournament 13 Oct 3–0 17 Nov 2–0 12 Nov
2   Kazakhstan 7 3 1 3 9 11 −2 10[a] Final tournament if among five best runners-up 0–1 8 Oct 1–2 0–4 17 Nov
3   North Macedonia 6 3 1 2 12 8 +4 10[a] 0–1 1–1 13 Oct 17 Nov 7–1
4   Israel 6 2 2 2 8 8 0 8 1–1 1–2 12 Nov 0–0 3–1
5   Montenegro (Y) 7 2 1 4 9 8 +1 7 0–2 1–2 1–2 8 Oct 3–0
6   Faroe Islands (Y) 6 1 0 5 7 19 −12 3 8 Oct 1–3 1–2 3–1 13 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 8 September 2020. Source: UEFA
(Y) Cannot win group, but can still qualify for final tournament as one of the five best runners-up.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Ranked on head-to-head away goals: Kazakhstan 1, North Macedonia 0.

Group 7Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Netherlands 6 6 0 0 28 3 +25 18 Final tournament 4–2 2–0 13 Nov 5–1 8 Oct
2   Portugal 5 4 0 1 15 6 +9 12 Final tournament if among five best runners-up 17 Nov 9 Oct TBD 13 Nov 4–0
3   Norway 7 3 1 3 13 12 +1 10 0–4 2–3 13 Oct 2–1 6–0
4   Belarus 6 2 2 2 14 11 +3 8 0–7 0–2 1–1 9 Oct 10–0
5   Cyprus (Y) 6 1 1 4 5 14 −9 4 13 Oct 0–4 1–2 1–1 1–0
6   Gibraltar (E) 6 0 0 6 0 29 −29 0 0–6 13 Oct 13 Nov 0–2 17 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 8 September 2020. Source: UEFA
(E) Eliminated; (Y) Cannot win group, but can still qualify for final tournament as one of the five best runners-up.

Group 8Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Denmark 7 6 1 0 15 6 +9 19 Final tournament 2–1 1–1 13 Oct 2–1 5–1
2   Romania 7 5 1 1 17 4 +13 16 Final tournament if among five best runners-up 17 Nov 3–0 4–1 3–0 13 Oct
3   Ukraine (Y) 6 2 1 3 9 9 0 7 2–3 9 Oct 0–2 17 Nov 4–0
4   Finland (E) 7 2 1 4 9 11 −2 7 0–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 4–0
5   Northern Ireland (E) 7 1 3 3 4 7 −3 6 0–1 0–0 13 Oct 9 Oct 0–0
6   Malta (E) 6 0 1 5 1 18 −17 1 9 Oct 0–3 13 Nov 17 Nov 0–2
Updated to match(es) played on 8 September 2020. Source: UEFA
(E) Eliminated; (Y) Cannot win group, but can still qualify for final tournament as one of the five best runners-up.

Group 9Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Belgium 5 3 1 1 11 5 +6 10 Final tournament 4–1 0–0 9 Oct 4–1
2   Germany 5 3 0 2 14 9 +5 9 Final tournament if among five best runners-up 2–3 13 Oct 17 Nov 4–1
3   Bosnia and Herzegovina 6 2 2 2 6 4 +2 8 17 Nov 0–2 1–0 4–0
4   Wales 5 2 0 3 4 8 −4 6 1–0 1–5 1–0 13 Nov
5   Moldova 5 1 1 3 5 14 −9 4 13 Oct 9 Oct 1–1 2–1
Updated to match(es) played on 8 September 2020. Source: UEFA

Ranking of second-placed teamsEdit

To determine the five best second-placed teams from the qualifying group stage which qualify 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 2   France 6 5 0 1 18 9 +9 15 Final tournament
2 8   Romania 6 4 1 1 14 4 +10 13
3 5   Poland 6 4 1 1 14 5 +9 13
4 1   Italy 5 3 1 1 10 3 +7 10
5 9   Germany 5 3 0 2 14 9 +5 9
6 7   Portugal 4 3 0 1 11 6 +5 9
7 3   Austria 6 3 0 3 14 12 +2 9
8 4   Greece 4 2 1 1 3 6 −3 7
9 6   Kazakhstan 6 2 1 3 6 10 −4 7
Updated to match(es) played on 8 September 2020. 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 ranking.

Play-offsEdit

The draw for the play-offs was supposed to be held on 16 October 2020 at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, to decide the matchups and the order of legs. The matches were supposed to be played at 9–17 November 2020, with the four play-off winners qualifying for the final tournament. However, the play-offs were later cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5]

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 2nd best runners-up 2020
TBD 3rd best runners-up 2020
TBD 4th best runners-up 2020
TBD 5th best runners-up 2020
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

Top goalscorersEdit

There have been 535 goals scored in 169 matches, for an average of 3.17 goals per match (as of 8 September 2020).

9 goals

8 goals

7 goals

5 goals

4 goals

For full lists of goalscorers, see sections in each group:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "VAR to be used in UEFA Champions League knockout phase". UEFA. 3 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "2019-21 UEFA European Under-21 Championship regulations" (PDF). UEFA.
  3. ^ a b "UEFA competitions to resume in August". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 17 June 2020. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Updated UEFA competitions calendar". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 17 June 2020. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d "Under-21 EURO: New format and schedule announced". UEFA.com. 17 June 2020.
  6. ^ "UEFA Executive Committee approves new principles for upcoming national team matches". UEFA.com. 31 August 2020.
  7. ^ "COVID-19: latest updates on UEFA competitions". UEFA.com. 17 March 2020.
  8. ^ a b "2020/21 Under-21 qualifying draw". UEFA.com.

External linksEdit