UEFA EURO 2020 play-off draw

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

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The UEFA EURO 2020 play-off draw takes place on 22 November 2019. The 16 UEFA Nations League group winners will form the play-offs – one per League – unless they have qualified for the tournament via the European Qualifiers.

Key points

  • The play-off contenders will be decided by the outcome of the League Phase of the UEFA Nations League, which ends in November 2018.
  • There will be four different 'paths', based around the UEFA Nations League.
  • The draw will only determine the potential home teams in each path final – with the semi-finals pairings pre-determined by overall rankings.
  • The play-offs, in March 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.

Who will be in the play-offs?

  • 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 (see Regulations of the UEFA Nations League) that has not qualified directly will 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 (see Regulations of the UEFA Nations League) 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.
  • Additional conditions may be applied, subject to approval by the UEFA Executive Committee, including seeding principles and the possibility of final tournament host associations having to be drawn into different paths.

How do the play-offs work for the four paths?

How the UEFA EURO 2020 play-offs work
How the UEFA EURO 2020 play-offs work
  • In each of the 'paths', the 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 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.
  • For each play-off final, a draw is conducted in advance to determine which semi-final winner will play at home.
  • The winners of each final will qualify for UEFA EURO 2020.

Key dates

Play-off draw: 22 November
Final tournament draw: 1 December 2019
Play-off semi-finals: 26–28 March 2020
Play-off finals: 29–31 March 2020
Additional final tournament draw (if required): 1 April 2020
Final tournament: 12 June–12 July 2020

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