UEFA EURO 2020 play-off draw: All you need to know

The play-offs involve 16 teams competing in four different paths for the last four slots at UEFA EURO 2020.

UEFA EURO 2020 play-off draw: All you need to know
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Play-off line-up

Path A: Iceland, Bulgaria/Israel/Hungary/Romania*
Path B: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland
Path C: Scotland, Norway, Serbia, Bulgaria/Israel/Hungary/Romania*
Path D: Georgia, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Belarus

*A draw will decide which of Bulgaria, Israel, Hungary or Romania would fill the empty slot in Path C, and which three would go into Path A.

What is the draw for?

How the play-offs for UEFA EURO 2020 work
How the play-offs for UEFA EURO 2020 work

To determine which semi-final winner will play at home in the final of each play-off path. The play-off semi-finals will already be known at the end of the European Qualifiers. In each of the ‘paths’, the teams who have not qualified automatically via the European Qualifiers will be ranked 1st to 4th based on the overall UEFA Nations League rankings. The semi-finals of each play-off path will be played as follows:

a) The team ranked 1st plays at home against the team ranked 4th.
b) The team ranked 2nd plays at home against the team ranked 3rd.

When is the draw?

The UEFA EURO 2020 play-off draw takes place on Friday 22 November, starting at 12:00 CET.

Who is involved?

Teams that fail to qualify via the European Qualifiers, based on their performance in the 2018/19 UEFA Nations League – namely the four top-ranked eligible sides in each League. If there are not enough non-qualified teams in the same League then the spot goes to the next best side in the overall ranking in accordance with article 16.03 of the competition regulations.

Is this new?

Qualifying for UEFA EURO 2020 is different to previous editions. Because of the unique format of the finals, with games taking place in 12 cities in 12 European countries, for the first time since 1976 hosts have not qualified automatically.

The road to UEFA EURO 2020 explained
The road to UEFA EURO 2020 explained

Instead, 20 teams qualify via the European Qualifiers. The remaining four slots are decided by these play-offs, creating the perfect bridge between the UEFA Nations League and EURO.

How will the play-off ties be decided?

Unlike previous play-offs, these will be single-leg knockout matches. In each path, teams will be ranked 1st to 4th based on the overall UEFA Nations League rankings. The semi-finals of each play-off path will be as follows:

  • Teams ranked 1st at home v teams ranked 4th
  • Teams ranked 2nd at home v teams ranked 3rd

The 22 November draw determines only which semi-final winner plays at home. The winners of each final qualifies for UEFA EURO 2020.

When do the play-offs take place?

The semi-finals will be played on Thursday 26 March, with the finals five days later on Tuesday 31 March. Kick-offs are generally 20:45 CET but exceptions may apply, in particular related to time zones.

Key dates

Play-off draw: 22 November
Final tournament draw: 30 November
Play-off semi-finals: 26 March 2020
Play-off finals: 31 March 2020
Additional final tournament draw (if required): 1 April 2020
Final tournament: 12 June–12 July 2020

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