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The UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking was used by UEFA from 1995 to the 2015–16 season to grant three berths for the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. Since that time it has granted a monetary prize to winning associations.

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Qualification systemEdit

1995–2008Edit

The highest finishing clubs in the national Fair Play rankings not yet participating in either the UEFA Champions League or the UEFA Cup were potential contenders for the three remaining berths. The club from the association which won the Fair Play ranking qualified automatically for the first qualifying round of the UEFA Cup. The two other teams were drawn out of the clubs from the associations that have reached the threshold of minimum games and had a score of at least 8.0.

2009–2015Edit

The three highest placed national associations in the UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking each automatically gained an extra qualification berth for the First Qualifying Round, providing they exceeded the threshold of games played, and had a minimum average score of 8.0. These berths were then allocated to the highest placed club in that association's own Fair Play league that had not yet qualified for either the UEFA Champions League or the UEFA Europa League.

2015–presentEdit

Based upon a UEFA Executive Committee decision, approved in December 2014, from the 2015–16 season onwards, Fair Play no longer grants entry to the Europa League, instead only netting the victorious association a cash prize to be put towards "fair play or respect-themed projects".[1] It is assessed on three categories: overall fair play, year-on-year fair play (most improved association) and spectator behaviour, with each association being scored and an association being declared the winner for each category. No association can win more than one category, meaning that on receiving one category award, an association becomes ineligible to win either of the other two, with the three categories being ranked in importance so that it can be determined which category takes preference.

RankingEdit

All representative teams from a football association are responsible for the score of the Fair Play ranking of that association. This includes matches of all national teams and all clubs in all UEFA competitions. The ranking assessment period was also changed in 2015, and is now from 1 July to 30 June the following year. For the transitional season of 2015–16, the ranking assessment period covered all matches between 1 May 2015 and 30 June 2016).[2]

CriteriaEdit

Teams are judged on the following criteria:

  • Yellow and red cards: If no cards are shown the score will be 10. Every yellow card will deduct this total by 1. A red card will cost a team 3 points in the ranking. If the red card is the result of a second yellow card the deductions of the second yellow card will be ignored. But if a player gets a direct red card after he got a yellow card earlier, the yellow card will be counted as a deduction. This score could become negative
  • Positive play: e.g. attacking tactics, acceleration of the game, efforts to gain time, and continued pursuit of goals. A team can score a maximum of 10 points and a minimum of 1 point
  • Respect to the opponent: e.g. returning the ball to the opponent at a throw-in, helping an injured opponent: maximum 5 points, minimum 1 point
  • Respect to the referee: maximum 5 points, minimum 1 point
  • Behaviour of the team officials: maximum 5 points, minimum 1 point
  • Behaviour of the fans: maximum 5 points, minimum 1 point
NB: this criterion is ignored when the number of fans is negligible e.g. if there are no fans at all or because of penalty that was given by the UEFA

The total number of points are divided by the maximum number of points, 40 (or 35 if there are a negligible number of fans), and multiplied by 10 which will result in a score between 0 and 10. The score is calculated to two decimal points and not rounded up.

2014–15 final rankingEdit

The ranking below covers matches from 1 May 2014 to 30 April 2015 and is the final ranking.[3]

The top three associations (Netherlands, England, Republic of Ireland) gained an extra qualification berth for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League first qualifying round.[4]

Rank Member association Total points Matches played
1   Netherlands 8.151 110
2   England 8.146 160
3   Republic of Ireland 8.144 66
4   Finland 8.141 68
5   Denmark 8.128 88
6   Germany 8.123 146
7   Norway 8.113 71
8   Iceland 8.089 53
9   Sweden 8.087 110
10   Scotland 8.083 95
11   Spain 8.039 159
12   Austria 8.015 71
13   Northern Ireland 8.003 47
14   Switzerland 8.001 96
15   Belgium 7.967 107
16   France 7.960 115
17   Italy 7.953 147
18   Czech Republic 7.928 75
19   Wales 7.924 52
20   Poland 7.911 72
21   Kazakhstan 7.879 59
22   Russia 7.872 126
23   Faroe Islands 7.868 43
24   Bulgaria 7.864 72
25   Slovenia 7.848 71
26   Israel 7.843 55
27   Lithuania 7.824 55
28   Romania 7.811 80
29   Cyprus 7.790 69
30   Portugal 7.768 128
31   Slovakia 7.765 76
32   Croatia 7.760 86
33   Estonia 7.753 52
34   Serbia 7.749 76
35   Bosnia and Herzegovina 7.742 55
36   Hungary 7.738 68
37   Ukraine 7.700 122
38   Greece 7.694 84
39   Georgia 7.684 45
40   Belarus 7.678 83
41   Moldova 7.642 53
42   Turkey 7.615 90
43   Malta 7.600 45
44   Montenegro 7.592 44
45   Latvia 7.565 49
46   Macedonia 7.500 51
47   Azerbaijan 7.441 59
48   Albania 7.348 38
49   Armenia 7.822 29
50   Gibraltar 7.809 21
51   Liechtenstein 7.767 18
52   Luxembourg 7.720 24
53   San Marino 7.485 24
54   Andorra 6.922 32

Cut-off: 37 matches played
Group 1: 37 or more matches played; Group 2: fewer than 37 matches played.

Winners (1995–2015)Edit

The UEFA Fair Play winners in the rankings by year since 1995 to 2015 were:

Year Top association Nominated team Drawn References
Association Nominated team Association Nominated team
1995   Norway Viking   England Leeds United   Luxembourg Avenir Beggen [5]
1996   Sweden Malmö   Russia CSKA Moscow   Finland Jazz Pori [5]
1997   Norway Brann   England Aston Villa   Sweden Örebro [5]
1998   England Aston Villa   Finland FinnPa   Norway Molde [5]
1999   Scotland Kilmarnock   Norway Bodø/Glimt   Estonia JK Viljandi Tulevik [5]
2000   Sweden Norrköping   Belgium Lierse   Spain Rayo Vallecano [5]
2001   Belarus Shakhtyor   Finland MYPA   Slovakia Matador Púchov [5]
2002   Norway SK Brann   England Ipswich Town   Czech Republic Sigma Olomouc [6]
2003   England Manchester City   France Lens   Denmark Esbjerg [7]
2004   Sweden Öster   Armenia Mika   Ukraine Illichivets Mariupol [8][9][10]
2005   Norway Viking   Germany Mainz 05   Denmark Esbjerg [11]
2006   Sweden Gefle   Belgium Roeselare   Norway Brann [12]
2007   Sweden Häcken   Finland MYPA   Norway Lillestrøm [13][14]
2008   England Manchester City   Germany Hertha BSC   Denmark Nordsjælland [15][16][17]
Year Top association Nominated team Second association Nominated team Third association Nominated team References
2009   Norway Rosenborg   Denmark Randers   Scotland Motherwell [18]
2010   Sweden Gefle   Denmark Randers   Finland MYPA (a) [19]
2011   Norway Aalesund   England Fulham   Sweden Häcken [20][21]
2012   Norway Stabæk   Finland MYPA   Netherlands Twente [22]
2013   Sweden Gefle   Norway Tromsø   Finland Mariehamn [23]
2014   Norway Tromsø   Sweden Brommapojkarna   Finland MYPA [24]
2015   Netherlands Go Ahead Eagles   England West Ham United   Republic of Ireland UCD [4]

Notes:

  • Teams that performed the best in a given year when compared to the other two Fair Play qualifiers, either by advancing further or earning more points, are listed in italic.
  • (a): Both Randers and MYPA made to the 3rd Qualification round however MYPA had more wins in the tournament.

Most winsEdit

Best performancesEdit

The furthest that a team progressed from a fair-play entry was the quarter-finals, achieved by Aston Villa (1997–98), Rayo Vallecano (2000–01) and Manchester City (2008–09), with Manchester City being the only team to have progressed beyond the group stage since this was introduced in 2004–05.[25]

Winners (since 2015–16 season)Edit

The UEFA Fair Play winners by category in the rankings (with updated format) are:

Season Overall fair play Best spectators Best progression Prize money Reference
2015–16   Norway   Estonia   Belarus €50,000 for each [26]
2016–17   Iceland   Finland   Georgia €50,000 for each [27]
2017–18   Finland   Faroe Islands   Northern Ireland €50,000 for each [28]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "UEFA Fair Play Regulations 2015" (PDF). UEFA.org.
  3. ^ "UEFA Respect Fair Play Final Rankings 2014/15" (PDF). UEFA. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Netherlands, England, Ireland get Fair Play bonus". UEFA.com. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Fair Play Ranking". Bert Kasses. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  6. ^ "Norway Top Rankings". UEFA. Archived from the original on 29 March 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2008.
  7. ^ "City Reward for English Fair Play". UEFA. 3 June 2003. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  8. ^ "Sweden Top Fair Play Ranking". UEFA. Archived from the original on June 19, 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2008.
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  11. ^ "Viking Rewarded for Fair Play". UEFA. 1 June 2005. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
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  13. ^ "Sweden earn UEFA Cup place via Fair Play ranking" (PDF). UEFA. 9 May 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2008.
  14. ^ "Nordic nations win Fair Play places". UEFA. 15 May 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2008.
  15. ^ "England win Fair Play" (PDF). UEFA. 9 May 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2008.
  16. ^ "Fair Play bonus for Germans and Danes". UEFA. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  17. ^ "FC Nordsjælland i UEFA Cup'en". Dansk Boldspil-Union. 25 May 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2008.
  18. ^ "Norway confirmed as Fair Play winners". UEFA. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  19. ^ "Sweden top Fair Play rankings". UEFA. 10 May 2010. Archived from the original on 12 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  20. ^ "Fair Play bonus for Norway, England and Sweden". UEFA. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  21. ^ http://www.premierleague.com/page/FairPlayTable/0,,12306,00.html
  22. ^ "Norway wins UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking". UEFA. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  23. ^ "Respect Fair Play bonus for Sweden, Norway, Finland". UEFA.com. 13 May 2013.
  24. ^ "Norway, Sweden, Finland top Respect Fair Play table". UEFA.com. 8 May 2014.
  25. ^ "UEFA Cup/Europa League Trivia". Rssf. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  26. ^ "Lyon to host 2018 UEFA Europa League final". UEFA. 9 December 2016.
  27. ^ http://agenda.ge/en/news/2018/25
  28. ^ "2017/18 UEFA fair play competition winners". UEFA. 22 November 2018.