European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2020: how it works

All 24 finalists for UEFA EURO 2020 will come from European Qualifiers; 20 will earn their places via conventional groups and the four remaining teams come through a changed play-off system.

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  • None of the 12 UEFA EURO 2020 host countries qualify automatically
  • 24 teams to reach finals through European Qualifiers (draw: 2 December 2018, Dublin)
  • Qualifying group stage: ten groups, top two from each qualify (20 places)
  • Play-offs: 16 teams in four paths of four from UEFA Nations League, one qualifier from each path (4 places)

Qualifying for UEFA EURO 2020 remains largely the same (with 24 finalists in all), although the European Qualifiers will now begin in the March after a major tournament instead of immediately in September (i.e. March 2019 rather than September 2018 in this case). No team will gain automatic qualification as hosts (there are 12 host nations in all).

Qualifying group stage (20 teams qualify)

The 55 teams will be split into ten groups of five or six. Four of the five groups of five will contain one team that has qualified for the UEFA Nations League finals (to be played June 2019). The top two from each group will qualify for the final tournament, determining the first 20 places.

European Qualifiers play-offs explained
European Qualifiers play-offs explained

Play-offs (4 teams qualify)
The last four EURO places will be won through the European Qualifiers play-offs, which will be contested by the 16 UEFA Nations League group winners (i.e. the four group winners in each of the four divisions).

HOW THE UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE WILL WORK

  • Each league will have a path of its own and each path will feature two single-leg semi-finals and one single-leg final, drawn on 22 November 2019, played in single venues from 26–31 March 2020.  The winner of each path will win a ticket to UEFA EURO 2020.

  • If a UEFA Nations League group winner has already qualified via the European Qualifiers, then their spot will go to the next best-ranked team in their league. If a league does not have four teams to compete, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league, according to the overall UEFA Nations League rankings.

UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament

Format: Like UEFA EURO 2016, the 24 teams will be drawn into six groups of four. The top two in each group and four best third-placed teams advance to the knockout phase.

Venues:
Final and semi-finals
London, England: Wembley Stadium

Three group games, one quarter-final
Baku, Azerbaijan: Olympic Stadium
Munich, Germany: Football Arena Munich
Rome, Italy: Stadio Olimpico
Saint Petersburg, Russia: Saint Petersburg Stadion

Three group games, one round of 16 game
Amsterdam, Netherlands: Amsterdam Arena
Bilbao, Spain: San Mamés Stadium
Bucharest, Romania: National Arena
Budapest, Hungary: Puskás Ferenc Stadion
Copenhagen, Denmark: Parken Stadium
Dublin, Republic of Ireland: Dublin Arena
Glasgow, Scotland: Hampden Park
London, England: Wembley Stadium

The pairing of venues for the group stage and allocation of matches up to the quarter-finals is to be confirmed.

European Qualifiers & UEFA EURO 2020 timetable

20 November 2018: UEFA Nations League ends, group winners decided (16 teams guaranteed at least a UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying play-off)

2 December 2018: European Qualifiers group stage draw, Dublin

21–26 March, 78 & 1011 June, 5–10 September, 10–15 October & 14–19 November 2019: European Qualifiers group stage (ten matchdays)

22 November 2019: European Qualifiers play-off draw

Early December 2019: UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament draw

26–31 March 2020: European Qualifiers play-offs

1 April 2020: Additional final tournament draw if required

12 June–12 July 2020 (provisional): UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament

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