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Norway head Fair Play rankings

Published: Wednesday 19 December 2001, 16.48CET
Norway lead the interim UEFA Fair Play ranking list for the current season.

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Published: Wednesday 19 December 2001, 16.48CET

Norway head Fair Play rankings

Norway lead the interim UEFA Fair Play ranking list for the current season.

Norway lead the interim UEFA Fair Play ranking list for the current season.

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Scandinavian leaders
The Norwegians lie ahead of two other Scandinavian countries, Sweden and Finland, in the ranking list, which includes the Fair Play scores for all UEFA competition matches played between European teams since 1 June.

Race for UEFA Cup places
Norway (8.375 points from 38 matches), Sweden (8.230 from 48) and Finland (8.207 from 39) are facing a stern challenge from England (8.169 from 77), Germany (8.151 from 87) and Iceland (8.144 from 36) in the race for additional UEFA Cup places next season.

Three places at stake
The top association in the final table will automatically receive an extra UEFA Cup place in the 2002/03 season, and two further associations will be given a UEFA Cup berth in a draw featuring those countries averaging a mark of at least 8.00 over the entire 2001/02 season. Seventeen countries are currently in contention for the three places.

Minimum 20 matches
The interim ranking until the end of December involved a cut-off point of 20 matches, which was deemed to be the minimum number of matches required for inclusion (i.e. the total number of matches in all UEFA competitions - 1,041 - divided by the 51 UEFA member associations).

Six criteria
UEFA’s fair play assessment identifies six criteria for the evaluation of the Fair Play score – red and yellow cards, positive play, respect of the opponent, respect of the referee, behaviour of team officials and behaviour of the crowd. A system of points is then given for each of these criteria, and an association coefficient is calculated on the basis of the number of matches played by teams from the association.

Important contribution
"The ranking system and the possibility of a UEFA Cup place is an important contribution to the encouragement of fair play in European football," said UEFA director of communications and public affairs Mike Lee.

Values of sportsmanship
"As the competition for qualification places has increased, so has the need for us to be reminded of the importance of the values of fair play and sportsmanship. We hope that this system helps reinforce that message."

The ranking list as at 14 December:

Association Points Matches
1. Norway 8.375 38
2. Sweden 8.230 48
3. Finland 8.207 39
4. England 8.169 77
5. Germany 8.151 87
6. Iceland 8.144 38
7. Israel 8.122 44
8. Denmark 8.085 54
9. Estonia 8.075 24
10. Belgium 8.074 67
11. Czech Republic 8.065 70
12. Wales 8.063 27
13. France 8.062 90
14. Russia 8.042 50
15. Netherlands 8.038 63
16. Hungary 8.031 36
17. Spain 8.019 77

18. Poland 7.996 56
19. Switzerland 7.990 62
20. Armenia 7.986 23
21. Yugoslavia 7.985 46
22. Moldova 7.963 31
23. Portugal 7.957 51
24. Belarus 7.940 41
25. Rep. of Ireland 7.929 26
26. Scotland 7.901 45
27. Latvia 7.889 22
28. Slovenia 7.857 29
29. Luxembourg 7.853 21
30. Ukraine 7.844 52
31. Romania 7.838 41
32. Italy 7.836 81
33. Azerbaijan 7.812 21
34. Greece 7.798 52
35. Slovakia 7.788 45
36. Austria 7.707 38
37. Bulgaria 7.642 45
38. Croatia 7.633 54
39. Turkey 7.607 53
40. Albania 7.525 20
41. Georgia 7.463 24
42. Cyprus 7.432 21
43. Bosnia-Herzegovina 7.355 34
44. F.Y.R. Macedonia 7.290 23

45. Liechtenstein 8.290 7
46. Faroe Islands 8.188 19
47. San Marino 7.600 5
48. Northern Ireland 7.530 19
49. Lithuania 7.509 19
50. Andorra 7.436 9
51. Malta 7.275 18
Total Matches: 1041

Last updated: 15/11/12 22.12CET

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