Norway have won the UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking, based on all UEFA competition matches at club and national-team levels between 1 May 2008 and 30 April 2009, and gain one of three extra UEFA Europa League slots.
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Norway have won the UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking, based on all UEFA competition matches played at club and national-team levels between 1 May 2008 and 30 April 2009. Norway finished ahead of Denmark and Scotland, and all three associations will be granted one additional slot for the first qualifying round of the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League.
Domestic fair-play winners
The three associations that are allocated an additional UEFA Europa League place will be entitled to enter the club that has won the domestic top-division fair play competition. If this club has already qualified for a UEFA competition, the second-placed team in the domestic fair play competition may be entered and, should they also have already qualified, the third-placed side would be considered and so forth.
Minimum 30 matches
For the final ranking, only associations having played a minimum of 30 matches are taken into account. This cut-off point is calculated by dividing the total number of UEFA games by the number of national associations. The Fair Play assessments are made by the official UEFA delegates on criteria such as positive play, respect for the opponent, respect for the referee, behaviour of the crowd and of team officials, as well as cautions and dismissals.
Relegated clubs can also qualify
It is even possible for a team that has been relegated to the second highest division to qualify for the UEFA Europa League, as a result of its exemplary fair play conduct during the domestic championship, provided they hold the mandatory UEFA club licence. Click here to see the full ranking list.