UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying play-offs

The play-offs of the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying tournament will decide the last three teams that will qualify for the UEFA Euro 2024 final tournament in Germany.[1] The twelve participants of the play-offs were selected based on their performance in the 2022–23 UEFA Nations League. The teams were divided into three paths, each containing four teams, with each play-off path featuring two single-leg semi-finals, and one single-leg final. The three play-off path winners will join hosts Germany and the twenty other teams already qualified for UEFA Euro 2024.[2]

Format edit

The twelve teams were selected based on their performance in the 2022–23 UEFA Nations League.[3] These teams were divided into three paths, each containing four teams, with one team from each path qualifying for the final tournament.[1][4]

The format is similar to that of the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs. However, given there is one fewer qualifying spot available (as no host qualified automatically for Euro 2020), and the UEFA Nations League was restructured from the 2018–19 season, the play-offs now feature only three paths, with the now-downsized League D no longer given its own path.

Team selection edit

Based on the Nations League rankings, the twelve selected teams were chosen as follows, starting with League C and working up to League A:[1]

  1. All available group winners were selected.
  2. If a group winner had directly qualified through the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying group stage, then they were replaced by the next best-ranked team from the same league that had not also directly qualified.
  3. If fewer than four teams from a given league had failed to qualify, then the remaining slots for that league were allocated as follows:
    1. The better-ranked League D group winner would be selected unless this team had directly qualified.
    2. Any remaining slots would be allocated based on the Nations League overall ranking:
      • If the league had a group winner selected for the play-offs, then the next-best team in the overall ranking from a lower league was selected.
      • If the league had no group winner available, then the best team in the overall ranking was selected.

Path formation edit

The twelve selected teams were then allocated to paths of four teams each. The draw to allocate teams to the different paths was subject to the following general conditions:[1]

  • If four or more teams from a league entered the play-offs, a path with four teams from the league in question had to be formed.
  • League B and C group winners could not form a path with a team from a higher league.
  • Additional conditions could be applied, including seeding principles, subject to approval of the UEFA Executive Committee.

With these conditions, the general draw procedure was as follows, starting with League C and working up to League A:[5]

  • If there were four teams available in a given league, form a path with these four teams.
  • If there were more than four teams available in a given league, draw which four teams would participate in the path of the league.
    • All remaining teams were drawn into a path of a higher league.
  • If there were fewer than four teams available in a given league, draw available and eligible teams from other leagues so that four teams composed the path of the given league.

Match pairings and rules edit

Each play-off path will feature two single-leg semi-finals, and one single-leg final, taking place in March 2024. In the semi-finals of each path, based on the Nations League rankings, the best-ranked team will host the fourth-ranked team, and the second-ranked team will host the third-ranked team. The host of each final was decided by a draw between the two semi-final pairings.

The play-offs are played in single-leg knockout matches. If scores are level at the end of normal time, 30 minutes of extra time is played, followed by a penalty shoot-out if the scores remain tied.[1]

Teams selected edit

The team selection process, using a set of criteria, determined the twelve teams that will compete in the play-offs based on the Nations League overall rankings.[6]

League A
Rank Team
GW   Spain
GW   Croatia
GW   Italy
GW   Netherlands
5   Denmark
6   Portugal
7   Belgium
8   Hungary
9    Switzerland
10   Germany
11   Poland
12   France
13   Austria
14   Czech Republic
15   England
16   Wales
League B
Rank Team
17 GW   Israel
18 GW   Bosnia and Herzegovina
19 GW   Serbia
20 GW   Scotland
21   Finland
22   Ukraine
23   Iceland
24   Norway
25   Slovenia
26   Republic of Ireland
27   Albania
28   Montenegro
29   Romania
30   Sweden
31   Armenia
32   Russia
League C
Rank Team
33 GW   Georgia
34 GW   Greece
35 GW   Turkey
36 GW   Kazakhstan
37   Luxembourg
38   Azerbaijan
39   Kosovo
40   Bulgaria
41   Faroe Islands
42   North Macedonia
43   Slovakia
44   Northern Ireland
45   Cyprus
46   Belarus
47   Lithuania
48   Gibraltar
League D
Rank Team
49 BD   Estonia
50   Latvia
51   Moldova
52   Malta
53   Andorra
54   San Marino
55   Liechtenstein

Key

  • GW Group winner from Nations League A, B or C
  • BD Best group winner from Nations League D
  •   Team in bold advanced to play-offs
  •   Team qualified directly to final tournament
  •  †  UEFA Euro 2024 host, qualified automatically
  •  ‡  Banned from qualifying competition

Draw edit

The qualifying play-off draw took place on 23 November 2023, 12:00 CET, at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.[7][8][9] The draw followed the path formation rules to determine the paths in which the non-group winners will participate. Three separate draws determining the host of the play-off final of each path also took place between the winners of the semi-final pairings (identified as semi-final 1 for seed 1 v 4, and semi-final 2 for seed 2 v 3).[10]

Due to the specificity of the draw, the exact procedure could only be finalised following the conclusion of the qualifying group stage.[11] No restrictions were applied to the draw, as none of the clashes prohibited by UEFA for political reasons could occur.[note 1] Based on the twelve teams that advanced to the play-offs, the three play-off paths were formed following the path formation rules, starting with League C and working up to League A:[4][12]

  • As there were four teams from League C (three group winners and one non-group winner), they were all placed in Path C.
  • As there were five teams from League B (two group winners and three non-group winners), the two group winners were placed in Path B, while a draw decided which two of the three non-group winners were also placed in Path B.
  • As there were two teams from League A (both non-group winners), they were both placed in Path A, along with the best-ranked League D group winner. The one remaining non-group winner from League B that was not drawn to Path B was then placed in Path A.

The following three non-group winners from League B (ordered by Nations League ranking) took part in the draw, with two being drawn into Path B, while the remaining team was allocated to Path A:

  1.   Finland
  2.   Ukraine
  3.   Iceland

The two teams drawn into Path B occupied positions B3 and B4, following their Nations League ranking, while the team drawn into Path A occupied position A3.

The following is the composition of the play-off paths:

Path A
Rank Team
1   Poland
2   Wales
3   Finland
4   Estonia
Path B
Rank Team
1   Israel
2   Bosnia and Herzegovina
3   Ukraine
4   Iceland
Path C
Rank Team
1   Georgia
2   Greece
3   Kazakhstan
4   Luxembourg

The following semi-final winners were drawn to host the play-off final:

Schedule edit

The semi-finals will take place on 21 March, while the final matches will take place five days later on 26 March 2024.[4] The losing semi-finalists in each path will still compete in an international friendly on the day of the final, hosted by the team that was drawn to hold the play-off final.[13]

Times are CET (UTC+1), as listed by UEFA (local times are in parentheses).[14]

Path A edit

The winner of Path A will enter Group D in the final tournament.

Bracket edit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
21 March 2024 – Cardiff
 
 
  Wales
 
26 March 2024 – Cardiff or Helsinki
 
  Finland
 
Wales or Finland
 
21 March 2024 – Warsaw
 
Poland or Estonia
 
  Poland
 
 
  Estonia
 

Summary edit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Semi-finals
Poland   21 Mar   Estonia
Wales   21 Mar   Finland
Final
Wales or Finland 26 Mar Poland or Estonia

Semi-finals edit

Poland  v  Estonia
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Wales  v  Finland
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Final edit

Wales or FinlandvPoland or Estonia
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Path B edit

The winner of Path B will enter Group E in the final tournament.

Bracket edit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
21 March 2024 – Zenica
 
 
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
 
26 March 2024 – Sarajevo or Wrocław
 
  Ukraine
 
Bosnia and Herzegovina or Ukraine
 
21 March 2024 – Budapest
 
Israel or Iceland
 
  Israel
 
 
  Iceland
 

Summary edit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Semi-finals
Israel   21 Mar   Iceland
Bosnia and Herzegovina   21 Mar   Ukraine
Final
Bosnia and Herzegovina or Ukraine 26 Mar Israel or Iceland

Semi-finals edit

Israel  v  Iceland
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Bosnia and Herzegovina  v  Ukraine
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Final edit

Path C edit

The winner of Path C will enter Group F in the final tournament.

Bracket edit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
21 March 2024 – Tbilisi
 
 
  Georgia
 
26 March 2024 – Tbilisi or Luxembourg City
 
  Luxembourg
 
Georgia or Luxembourg
 
21 March 2024 – Athens
 
Greece or Kazakhstan
 
  Greece
 
 
  Kazakhstan
 

Summary edit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Semi-finals
Georgia   21 Mar   Luxembourg
Greece   21 Mar   Kazakhstan
Final
Georgia or Luxembourg 26 Mar Greece or Kazakhstan

Semi-finals edit

Georgia  v  Luxembourg
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Greece  v  Kazakhstan
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Final edit

Discipline edit

A player is automatically suspended for the next match for the following offences:[1]

  • Receiving a red card (red card suspensions may be extended for serious offences)
  • From the qualifying group stage, receiving three yellow cards in three different matches, as well as after fifth and any subsequent yellow card (yellow card suspensions are carried forward to the play-offs, but not the finals or any other future international matches)

Cautions that did not result in a suspension expired on completion of the qualifying group stage, and are not carried forward to the play-offs.[1]

The following suspensions will be served during the qualifying play-offs:

Team Player Offence(s) Suspended for match(es)
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Renato Gojković     in Group J vs Slovakia (19 November 2023) Semi-finals vs Ukraine (21 March 2024)
  Georgia Khvicha Kvaratskhelia   in Group A vs Spain (8 September 2023)
  in Group A vs Scotland (16 November 2023)
  in Group A vs Spain (19 November 2023)
Semi-finals vs Luxembourg (21 March 2024)
  Kazakhstan Nuraly Alip   in Group H vs Northern Ireland (19 June 2023)
  in Group H vs Denmark (14 October 2023)
  in Group H vs Slovenia (20 November 2023)
Semi-finals vs Greece (21 March 2024)
  Luxembourg Danel Sinani   in Group J vs Liechtenstein (19 November 2023) Semi-finals vs Georgia (21 March 2024)

Notes edit

  1. ^ The restriction would have applied to the following pairings: Armenia–Azerbaijan, Belarus–Ukraine, Gibraltar–Spain, Kosovo–Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo–Serbia.
  2. ^ The match will take place at 20:45 if Wales are in the final, or 18:00 if Finland are in the final.
  3. ^ Due to the Israel–Hamas war, Israel are required to play their home matches at neutral venues until further notice.[15]
  4. ^ Due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Ukraine are required to play their home matches at neutral venues until further notice.[16]
  5. ^ The match will take place at 18:00 if Georgia are in the final, or 20:45 if Luxembourg are in the final.

References edit

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