Sweden has finished top of the UEFA Fair Play ranking for the 2006/07 campaign, meaning an extra Swedish club will take part in the first qualifying round of next season's UEFA Cup.
In addition, ten other national associations - Norway, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Wales, Switzerland, Slovakia, England and France - with a coefficient equal to, or higher than, 8.0 in the ranking will go into a draw for a further two places in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup first qualifying round. The Fair Play standings were announced by UEFA on Tuesday and the ten associations mentioned will go into a draw on 15 May, to be conducted in between the two UEFA Cup finalists' press conferences at Hampden Park in Glasgow (approximately 12.30 local time).
The 2006/07 Fair Play competition began on 1 June 2006 and finished on 30 April this year. This competition is based on Fair Play assessments made by official UEFA delegates at all UEFA competition matches for club and national teams. The coefficient is founded on a number of criteria such as positive play, respect for the opposition, respect for the referee, and behaviour of the crowd and team officials, as well as cautions and dismissals.
Three more places
The three associations which are allocated an extra UEFA Cup berth - Sweden, plus two from the Glasgow draw - will be entitled to enter the club that has won their domestic top-flight Fair Play league. If this side has already qualified for the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Cup, the domestic Fair Play competition will continue to apply, so the second-placed team may be entered. If these runners-up have qualified for the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Cup, the third-placed club may be considered and so forth. Even a side that has been relegated to the domestic second division could qualify for the UEFA Cup as a result of its exemplary Fair Play conduct during the domestic championship. In any case, only teams who have received the UEFA Licence will be able to participate in the UEFA Cup.
Click here for the 2006/07 UEFA Fair Play ranking.
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