UEFA EURO 2020 play-off draw
Friday, November 22, 2019
The play-off draw involved the 16 teams who will compete for the last four slots at UEFA EURO 2020.
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The 16 UEFA Nations League group winners form the play-offs – two semi-finals per League – unless they have qualified for the tournament via the European Qualifiers.
Path A: Iceland v Romania, Bulgaria v Hungary*
Path B: Bosnia and Herzegovina v Northern Ireland*, Slovakia v Republic of Ireland
Path C: Scotland v Israel, Norway v Serbia*
Path D: Georgia v Belarus*, North Macedonia v Kosovo
*Winners of these semi-finals will play the final at home
Fixtures are a 20:45 CET kick-off unless otherwise stated.
A draw determined that the winners of semi-final 1 (Georgia or Belarus) will play the final at home (18:00 CET). The semi-finals are as follows:
Semi-final 1 (1 v 4): Georgia v Belarus
Semi-final 2 (2 v 3): North Macedonia v Kosovo
If Iceland, Bulgaria or Hungary win Path A then the winner of Path D will complete UEFA EURO 2020 Group C. If Romania win Path A then the winner of Path D will complete UEFA EURO 2020 Group F.
A draw determined that Israel would go into Path C, while Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania joined Iceland in Path A.
A separate draw determined that the winners of semi-final 2 (Norway or Serbia) will play the final at home. The semi-finals are as follows:
Semi-final 1 (1 v 4): Scotland v Israel
Semi-final 2 (2 v 3): Norway v Serbia
The Path C winners will complete UEFA EURO 2020 Group D.
A draw determined that the winners of semi-final 1 (Bosnia and Herzegovina or Northern Ireland) will play the final at home. The semi-finals are as follows:
Semi-final 1 (1 v 4): Bosnia and Herzegovina v Northern Ireland
Semi-final 2 (2 v 3): Slovakia v Republic of Ireland
The Path B winners will complete UEFA EURO 2020 Group E.
A draw determined that the winners of semi-final 2 (Bulgaria or Hungary) will play the final at home. The semi-finals are as follows:
Semi-final 1 (1 v 4): Iceland v Romania
Semi-final 2 (2 v 3): Bulgaria v Hungary
If Iceland, Bulgaria or Hungary win Path A then they will complete UEFA EURO 2020 Group F. If Romania win Path A then they will complete UEFA EURO 2020 Group C.
The three remaining teams from League C - Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania - were allocated to Path A to complete the semi-final pairings in the order of their ranking:
- Best-ranked team to play at home in semi-final 2.
- Next best-ranked team to play away in semi-final 2.
- Next best-ranked team to play away in semi-final 1.
Denmark and Russia have both qualified for UEFA EURO 2020. As both are hosts (Copenhagen and Saint Petersburg) and paired together in Group B of the final tournament, a draw was held to determine that Denmark will play three group stage games at home; Russia will play two group stage matches at home.
- The play-off contenders were decided by the outcome of the League Phase of the UEFA Nations League, which ended in November 2018.
- There are four different 'paths', based around the UEFA Nations League.
- The play-offs, in October/November 2020, consist of single-leg semi-finals and finals. They will decide the last four berths at UEFA EURO 2020, with the winners going to the EURO along with the top two from each of the ten qualifying groups.
How were the play-offs formed?
- Four play-off slots are allocated to each league from UEFA Nations League D to UEFA Nations League A, i.e. in reverse alphabetical order.
- The UEFA Nations League group winners enter the play-offs unless they have qualified for the final tournament directly from their European Qualifiers group.
- If a UEFA Nations League group winner has qualified directly for the final tournament, the next best-ranked team in the relevant league ranking that has not qualified directly enter the play-offs.
- If fewer than four teams from one league enter the play-offs, the remaining slots are allocated on the basis of the overall UEFA Nations League rankings to the best-ranked of the teams that have not already qualified, subject to the restriction that group winners cannot be in a play-off path with higher-ranked teams.
Final tournament draw: 30 November 2019
Play-off semi-finals: 8 October 2020
Play-off finals: 12 November 2020
Final tournament: 11 June–11 July 2021
With the confirmation of the 20 teams directly qualified and the 16 teams qualified for the play-offs, UEFA confirmed that the procedures established for the play-off draw and the final draw could be fully executed. No additional draw was required (the draw had been provisionally scheduled for 1 April 2020).