2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification

The 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying competition is a men's under-21 football competition that determine the 14 teams joining the automatically qualified co-hosts Romania and Georgia in the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship final tournament.

2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification
Tournament details
Dates25 March 2021 – November 2022
Teams53 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played142
Goals scored427 (3.01 per match)
Top scorer(s)Portugal Gonçalo Ramos (8 goals)
2021
2025
All statistics correct as of 16 November 2021.

Apart from Romania and Georgia, all remaining 53 UEFA member national teams entered the qualifying competition. Players born on or after 1 January 2000 are eligible to participate.

FormatEdit

The qualifying competition will consist of the following 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.

ScheduleEdit

Stage Draw date FIFA International Dates
Qualifying group stage 28 January 2021[1] Matchday 1 (1–3 September 2021)[a]
Matchday 2 (6–7 September 2021)
Matchday 3 (7–8 October 2021)
Matchday 4 (11–12 October 2021)
Matchday 5 (10–12 November 2021)
Matchday 6 (14–16 November 2021)
Matchday 7 (24–25 March 2022)
Matchday 8 (28–29 March 2022)
Matchday 9 (2–6 June 2022)
Matchday 10 (6–14 June 2022)
Play-offs TBD TBD
TBD
  1. ^ Some matches of Matchday 1 were played on 25 and 29 March 2021 and some matches were played on 4–8 June 2021

Qualifying group stageEdit

DrawEdit

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

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, the following teams would not be drawn in the same group.[2]

  • Armenia and Azerbaijan
  • Gibraltar and Spain
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo
  • Kosovo and Serbia
  • Kosovo and Russia
  • Russia and Ukraine[3]

GroupsEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Croatia 6 6 0 0 17 4 +13 18 Final tournament 3–2 24 Mar 28 Mar 2–0 2–0
2   Norway 6 5 0 1 18 6 +12 15 Play-offs 2 Jun 3–1 3–1 14 Jun 3–0
3   Austria 7 4 0 3 18 9 +9 12 1–3 28 Mar 2 Jun 6–0 2–0
4   Finland 6 3 1 2 9 7 +2 10 0–2 9 Jun 3–1 6 Jun 1–0
5   Azerbaijan (E) 6 0 1 5 3 19 −16 1 1–5 1–2 0–3 1–1 24 Mar
6   Estonia (E) 7 0 0 7 0 20 −20 0 7 Jun 0–5 0–4 0–3 2 Jun
Updated to match(es) played on 16 November 2021. Source: UEFA
(E) Eliminated

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Germany 6 5 0 1 21 8 +13 15 Final tournament 3–2 0–4 3 Jun 25 Mar 4–0
2   Israel 6 5 0 1 15 6 +9 15 Play-offs 29 Mar 24 Mar 3–0 2–1 7 Jun
3   Poland 6 4 1 1 17 4 +13 13 7 Jun 1–2 29 Mar 5–0 3–0
4   Hungary 6 2 1 3 9 12 −3 7 1–5 1–2 2–2 1–0 24 Mar
5   Latvia (E) 6 1 0 5 4 13 −9 3 1–3 2 Jun 0–2 7 Jun 2–0
6   San Marino (E) 6 0 0 6 0 23 −23 0 0–6 0–4 2 Jun 0–4 29 Mar
Updated to match(es) played on 16 November 2021. Source: UEFA
(E) Eliminated

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Spain 6 5 0 1 17 4 +13 15 Final tournament 4–1 3–2 7 Jun 3–0 25 Mar
2   Russia 6 5 0 1 15 4 +11 15 Play-offs 1–0 3–0 6–0 1–0 3 Jun
3   Slovakia 6 3 0 3 11 8 +3 9 29 Mar 7 Jun 4–0 25 Mar 3–1
4   Malta 6 2 0 4 7 18 −11 6 0–5 25 Mar 3 Jun 4–1 29 Mar
5   Northern Ireland 6 2 0 4 6 10 −4 6 3 Jun 29 Mar 1–0 0–2 4–0
6   Lithuania 6 1 0 5 3 15 −12 3 0–2 0–3 0–2 2–1 7 Jun
Updated to match(es) played on 16 November 2021. Source: UEFA

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Portugal 5 5 0 0 20 0 +20 15 Final tournament 11 Jun 6–0 25 Mar 1–0 11–0
2   Greece 6 4 2 0 11 1 +10 14 Play-offs 29 Mar 0–0 1–0 2–0 25 Mar
3   Cyprus 5 2 1 2 12 7 +5 7 0–1 6 Jun 29 Mar 26 Mar 6–0
4   Iceland 5 2 1 2 6 4 +2 7 0–1 1–1 11 Jun 8 Jun 3 Jun
5   Belarus 6 2 0 4 11 7 +4 6 4 Jun 0–2 5 Jun 1–2 6–0
6   Liechtenstein (E) 7 0 0 7 0 41 −41 0 7 Jun 0–5 0–6 0–3 0–4
Updated to match(es) played on 16 November 2021. Source: UEFA
(E) Eliminated

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1    Switzerland 6 5 1 0 15 2 +13 16 Final tournament 2–2 3–0 25 Mar 4 Jun 4–0
2   Netherlands 5 4 1 0 20 3 +17 13 Play-offs 29 Mar 3–0 5–0 3–1 7 Jun
3   Moldova 7 2 2 3 2 8 −6 8 8 Jun 3 Jun 1–0 0–2 1–0
4   Wales 6 2 1 3 11 7 +4 7 0–1 11 Jun 0–0 29 Mar 14 Jun
5   Bulgaria 6 2 1 3 8 8 0 7 0–1 25 Mar 0–0 0–4 11 Jun
6   Gibraltar (E) 6 0 0 6 0 28 −28 0 0–4 0–7 29 Mar 0–7 0–5
Updated to match(es) played on 16 November 2021. Source: UEFA
(E) Eliminated

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Sweden 7 4 2 1 18 5 +13 14 Final tournament 9 Jun 29 Mar 4–0 3–1 6–0
2   Italy 5 4 1 0 9 2 +7 13 Play-offs 1–1 14 Jun 29 Mar 1–0 3–0
3   Republic of Ireland 6 3 1 2 7 5 +2 10 1–0 0–2 3 Jun 6 Jun 2–0
4   Bosnia and Herzegovina 7 2 2 3 8 12 −4 8 1–1 1–2 0–2 2–1 25 Mar
5   Montenegro 7 2 1 4 9 13 −4 7 1–3 25 Mar 2–1 2–2 10 Jun
6   Luxembourg (E) 6 0 1 5 2 16 −14 1 2 Jun 6 Jun 1–1 0–2 1–2
Updated to match(es) played on 16 November 2021. Source: UEFA
(E) Eliminated

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Czech Republic 6 4 1 1 11 4 +7 13 Final tournament 3 Jun 4–0 1–0 3–0 14 Jun
2   England 4 3 1 0 8 3 +5 10 Play-offs 3–1 7 Jun 14 Jun 2–0 25 Mar
3   Albania 6 3 0 3 8 9 −1 9 25 Mar 29 Mar 2–0 14 Jun 2–0
4   Slovenia 6 2 2 2 7 6 +1 8 1–1 2–2 3–0 29 Mar 10 Jun
5   Kosovo 5 2 0 3 4 7 −3 6 0–1 10 Jun 2–1 25 Mar 2–0
6   Andorra 5 0 0 5 0 9 −9 0 29 Mar 0–1 0–3 0–1 4 Jun
Updated to match(es) played on 16 November 2021. Source: UEFA

Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   France 6 5 1 0 20 1 +19 16 Final tournament 5–0 3–0 24 Mar 3 Jun 7–0
2   Ukraine 6 4 1 1 7 8 −1 13 Play-offs 29 Mar 7 Jun 1–0 2–1 2–1
3   North Macedonia 6 1 3 2 4 7 −3 6 0–1 1–1 29 Mar 0–0 2 Jun
4   Faroe Islands 6 1 3 2 4 5 −1 6 1–1 2 Jun 1–1 7 Jun 2–0
5   Serbia 6 1 2 3 5 7 −2 5 0–3 0–1 24 Mar 0–0 29 Mar
6   Armenia (Y) 6 1 0 5 5 17 −12 3 7 Jun 24 Mar 1–2 2–0 1–4
Updated to match(es) played on 16 November 2021. Source: UEFA
(Y) Best reach the Play-offs

Group IEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Belgium (X) 6 6 0 0 13 1 +12 18 Final tournament 1–0 5 Jun 2–0 2–0
2   Denmark 4 3 0 1 4 2 +2 9 Play-offs 29 Mar 10 Jun 14 Jun 4 Jun
3   Scotland (Y) 4 1 1 2 3 5 −2 4 0–2 0–1 25 Mar 2–1
4   Turkey (Y) 5 1 1 3 3 8 −5 4 0–3 1–2 1–1 10 Jun
5   Kazakhstan (E) 5 0 0 5 2 9 −7 0 1–3 0–1 29 Mar 0–1
Updated to match(es) played on 16 November 2021. Source: UEFA
(E) Eliminated; (X) Assured of top two finished; (Y) Cannot win the group, but may still qualify to the Final tournament directly

Ranking of second-placed teamsEdit

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. The top-ranked team qualifies directly for the final tournament, while the other teams enter the play-offs

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 C   Russia 5 4 0 1 12 4 +8 12 Final tournament
2 B   Israel 5 4 0 1 11 6 +5 12 Play-offs
3 D   Greece 5 3 2 0 6 1 +5 11
4 E   Netherlands 4 3 1 0 13 3 +10 10
5 F   Italy 4 3 1 0 6 2 +4 10
6 H   Ukraine 5 3 1 1 5 7 −2 10
7 A   Norway 4 3 0 1 10 6 +4 9
8 I   Denmark 4 3 0 1 4 2 +2 9
9 G   England 3 2 1 0 7 3 +4 7
Updated to match(es) played on 12 November 2021. Source:[citation needed]
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

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
1 TBD TBD
2 TBD TBD
3 TBD TBD
4 TBD TBD

Qualified teamsEdit

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
  Romania Co-hosts 3 December 2020 4th 2021 Semi-finals (2019)
  Georgia 1st Debut

Top goalscorersEdit

There have been 427 goals scored in 142 matches, for an average of 3.01 goals per match (as of 16 October 2021[4][5]).

8 goals

7 goals

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ UEFA.com (2021-01-04). "2021-23 Under-21 qualifying draw: 28 January". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  2. ^ UEFA.com (2021-01-04). "2021-23 Under-21 qualifying draw: 28 January". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  3. ^ UEFA.com (2014-07-17). "Emergency Panel decisions | Inside UEFA". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  4. ^ "U21 EURO − Stats". uefa.com. UEFA.
  5. ^ "U21 EURO − Player stats − Goals". uefa.com. UEFA.

External linksEdit