UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
Tournament details
Dates7 September 2014 –
17 November 2015
Teams53 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played266
Goals scored694 (2.61 per match)
Attendance4,383,683 (16,480 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of Poland Robert Lewandowski
(13 goals)
2012
2020

The qualifying competition for UEFA Euro 2016 is a football competition that will be played from September 2014 to November 2015. It will determine the 23 qualifying teams that will compete in UEFA Euro 2016, which is to be held in France, who qualify automatically as hosts. The remaining 53 member associations will participate in the qualifying process for the 23 tournament places with Gibraltar taking part for the first time.

The qualifying draw will take place at the Palais des Congrès Acropolis, Nice, on 23 February 2014.

Sides will be seeded for the qualifying draw according to the UEFA national team coefficient rankings, which will be announced along with the draw procedure and final tournament match schedule after the 23/24 January Executive Committee meeting in Nyon.

Branding

UEFA unveiled the branding for the qualifiers on 15 April 2013. It shows a national jersey inside a heart, and represents Europe, honour and ambition. The same branding will also be used for the European qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Qualified nations

Country Qualified as Date qualification was secured Previous appearances in tournament1 2
 France Hosts 28 May 2010 (8) 1960, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
 England Group E winner 5 September 2015 8B (1968, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2012)
 Czech RepublicTemplate:Efn-ua Group A winner 6 September 2015 8B (1960, 1976, 1980, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Iceland Group A runner-up 6 September 2015 0 (debut)
 Austria Group G winner 8 September 2015 1 (2008)
 Northern Ireland Group F winner 8 October 2015 0 (debut)
 Portugal Group I winner 8 October 2015 6 (1984, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Spain Group C winner 9 October 2015 9 (1964, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Switzerland Group E runner-up 9 October 2015 3 (1996, 2004, 2008)
 Italy Group H winner 10 October 2015 8 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Belgium Group B winner 10 October 2015 4 (1972, 1980, 1984, 2000)
 Wales Group B runner-up 10 October 2015 0 (debut)
 Romania Group F runner-up 11 October 2015 4 (1984, 1996, 2000, 2008)
 Albania Group I runner-up 11 October 2015 0 (debut)
 GermanyTemplate:Efn-ua Group D winner 11 October 2015 11 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Poland Group D runner-up 11 October 2015 2 (2008, 2012)
 RussiaTemplate:Efn-ua Group G runner-up 12 October 2015 10 (1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Slovakia Group C runner-up 12 October 2015 0 (debut)
 Croatia Group H runner-up 13 October 2015 4 (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Turkey Best third-placed team 13 October 2015 3 (1996, 2000, 2008)
 Hungary Play-off winner 15 November 2015 2 (1964, 1972)
 Republic of Ireland Play-off winner 16 November 2015 2 (1988, 2012)
 Sweden Play-off winner 17 November 2015 5 (1992, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Ukraine Play-off winner 17 November 2015 1 (2012)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year
2 Italics indicate host for that year

Format

All UEFA member associations are eligible to compete in the qualifying competition, with the hosts (France) qualifying directly to the finals tournament. The other 53 teams are drawn into eight groups of six teams (Groups A–H) and one group of five teams (Group I). The group winners, runners-up, and the best third-placed team (with the results against the sixth-placed team discarded) directly qualify to the finals. The eight remaining third-placed teams contest two-legged play-offs to determine the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The teams are seeded into six pots (Pots 1–5 with 9 teams and Pot 6 with 8 teams) for the qualifying group stage draw according to the UEFA national team coefficient rankings, with the title holders (Spain) automatically seeded into Pot 1. Each nation's coefficient is generated by calculating:

UEFA has stated that nations with the largest markets in terms of contribution to the European Qualifiers revenue are drawn into one of the groups containing six teams. They include England, Spain, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. UEFA has also stated in their regulations that "the teams drawn into the group of five teams will have France added to their group for the purpose of playing centralised friendlies".

Tie-breaking

If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following tie-breaking criteria are applied:

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question;
  2. Superior goal difference resulting from the matches played between the teams in question;
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question;
  4. Higher number of goals scored away from home in the matches played between the teams in question;
  5. If, after having applied criteria 1 to 4, teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 4 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 6 to 10 apply;
  6. Superior goal difference in all group matches;
  7. Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  8. Higher number of away goals scored in all group matches;
  9. Fair play conduct in all group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card);
  10. Position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system;

To determine the best third-placed team, the results against the teams in sixth place are discarded. The following criteria are applied:

  1. Higher number of points obtained;
  2. Superior goal difference;
  3. Higher number of goals scored;
  4. Higher number of away goals scored;
  5. Fair play conduct in all group matches;
  6. Position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system;

The four play-off ties are determined by draw, including the order of the two legs of each tie. The teams are seeded for the play-off draw according to the UEFA national team coefficient rankings updated after the completion of the group stage. Each nation's coefficient is generated by calculating:

For each tie, the team that scores more goals on aggregate over the two legs qualifies for the final tournament. If the aggregate score is level, the away goals rule is applied, i.e., the team that scores more goals away from home over the two legs advances. If away goals are also equal, then thirty minutes of extra time is played, divided into two fifteen-minutes halves. The away goals rule is again applied after extra time, i.e., if there are goals scored during extra time and the aggregate score is still level, the visiting team advances by virtue of more away goals scored. If no goals are scored during extra time, the tie is decided by penalty shoot-out.

Schedule

This is the first qualifying tournament after UEFA announced centralized rights deals for both UEFA Euro and FIFA World Cup qualifying. UEFA has proposed the "Week of Football" concept for the scheduling of qualifying matches:

  • Matches take place from Thursday to Tuesday.
  • Kick-off times are largely set at 18:00 and 20:45 CET on Saturdays and Sundays, and 20:45 CET on Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • On double-header matchweeks, teams play on Thursday and Sunday, or Friday and Monday, or Saturday and Tuesday.
  • Matches in the same group are played on the same day.

There are ten matchdays for the group stage, and two matchdays for the play-offs:

Matchday Date
Matchday 1 7–9 September 2014
Matchday 2 9–11 October 2014
Matchday 3 12–14 October 2014
Matchday 4 14–16 November 2014
Matchday 5 27–29 March 2015
Matchday 6 12–14 June 2015
Matchday 7 3–5 September 2015
Matchday 8 6–8 September 2015
Matchday 9 8–10 October 2015
Matchday 10 11–13 October 2015
Play-off 1st leg 12–14 November 2015
Play-off 2nd leg 15–17 November 2015

Unlike previous qualifying campaigns where group fixtures were determined by negotiation between the national federations, UEFA themselves decide each group's fixture list, to be released the same day as the draw.

Qualifying group stage

Seeding

The seeding pots were announced on 24 January 2014.

Pot 1
Team Coeff Rank
 Spain 42,158 1
 Germany 41,366 2
 Netherlands 38,541 3
 Italy 35,343 4
 England 34,885 5
 Portugal 34,314 6
 Greece 33,540 7
 Russia 32,946 8
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 31,416 9
Pot 2
Team Coeff Rank
 Ukraine 31,156 10
 Croatia 30,652 12
 Sweden 30,111 13
 Denmark 29,660 14
 Switzerland 29,572 15
 Belgium 28,732 16
 Czech Republic 28,234 17
 Hungary 27,802 18
 Republic of Ireland 26,733 19
Pot 3
Team Coeff Rank
 Serbia 25,985 20
 Turkey 25,955 21
 Slovenia 25,834 22
 Israel 25,442 23
 Norway 25,341 24
 Slovakia 25,333 25
 Romania 25,038 26
 Austria 24,572 27
 Poland 23,095 28
Pot 4
Team Coeff Rank
 Montenegro 22,991 29
 Armenia 22,861 30
 Scotland 22,234 31
 Finland 22,001 32
 Latvia 20,771 33
 Wales 20,551 34
 Bulgaria 20,391 35
 Estonia 19,988 36
 Belarus 19,646 37
Pot 5
Team Coeff Rank
 Iceland 19,243 38
 Northern Ireland 19,201 39
 Albania 19,151 40
 Lithuania 19,026 41
 Moldova 18,301 42
 North Macedonia 17,376 43
 Azerbaijan 16,901 44
 Georgia 16,766 45
 Cyprus 14,235 46
Pot 6
Team Coeff Rank
 Luxembourg 14,050 47
 Kazakhstan 13,961 48
 Liechtenstein 12,220 49
 Faroe Islands 11,751 50
 Malta 10,740 51
 Andorra 8,560 52
 San Marino 7,420 53
 Gibraltar 0 54

The draw took place at the Palais des Congrès Acropolis, Nice, on 23 February 2014, 12:00 CET. The following draw procedure is applied:

  • Groups A–H each contains one team from each of Pots 1–6, while Group I contains one team from each of Pots 1–5.
  • For television rights reasons, England, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands shall be drawn into groups of 6 teams.
  • For political reasons, Azerbaijan and Armenia (due to disputed status of Nagorno-Karabakh), as well as Spain and Gibraltar (due to disputed status of Gibraltar) shall not be drawn in the same group. Unlike the previous UEFA qualifying tournament, Russia and Georgia have agreed to play each other if they are drawn together.
  • France (Coeff: 30,992; Rank: 11) are partnered with the five-team group, which enable the 2016 tournament hosts to play friendlies against these countries on their 'spare' dates. These friendlies do not count in the qualifying group standings.

Summary

  Group winners, runners-up, and the best ranked third-placed team qualified directly for the UEFA Euro 2016
  The remaining third-placed teams advanced to the second round (play-offs)
  Other teams were eliminated after the first round
Group A Group B Group C Group D Group E Group F Group G Group H Group I

Czech Republic

Iceland

Belgium

Wales

Spain

Slovakia

Germany

Poland

England

Switzerland

Northern Ireland

Romania

Austria

Russia

Italy

Croatia

Portugal

Albania

Turkey

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ukraine

Republic of Ireland

Slovenia

Hungary

Sweden

Norway

Denmark

Netherlands

Kazakhstan

Latvia

Israel

Cyprus

Andorra

Belarus

Luxembourg

North Macedonia

Scotland

Georgia

Gibraltar

Estonia

Lithuania

San Marino

Finland

Faroe Islands

Greece

Montenegro

Liechtenstein

Moldova

Bulgaria

Azerbaijan

Malta

Serbia

Armenia

Groups

Legend
Group winners, runners-up, and the best third-placed team among all groups directly qualify for the finals
Remaining eight third-placed teams advance to the play-offs

Group A

Main article: UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group A
Team
v  d  e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Czech Republic 10 7 1 2 19 14 +5 22
 Iceland 10 6 2 2 17 6 +11 20
 Turkey 10 5 3 2 14 9 +5 18
 Netherlands 10 4 1 5 17 14 +3 13
 Kazakhstan 10 1 2 7 7 18 -11 5
 Latvia 10 0 5 5 6 19 -13 5
  Flag of Czech Republic Flag of Iceland Flag of Kazakhstan Flag of Latvia Flag of Netherlands Flag of Turkey
Czech Republic  2-1 2-1 1-1 2-1 0-2
Iceland  2-1 0-0 2-2 2-0 3-0
Kazakhstan  2-4 0-3 0-0 1-2 0-1
Latvia  1-2 0-3 0-1 0-2 1-1
Netherlands  2-3 1-0 3-1 6-1 1-1
Turkey  1-2 1-0 3-1 1-1 3-0


Group B

Main article: UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group B
Team
v  d  e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Belgium 10 7 2 1 24 5 +19 23
 Wales 10 6 3 1 11 4 +7 21
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 5 2 3 17 12 +5 17
 Israel 10 4 1 5 16 14 +2 13
 Cyprus 10 4 0 6 16 17 –1 12
 Andorra 10 0 0 10 4 36 –32 0
  Flag of Andorra Flag of Belgium Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Flag of Cyprus Flag of Israel Flag of Wales
Andorra  1–4 0–3 1–3 1–4 1–2
Belgium  6–0 3–1 5–0 3–1 0–0
Bosnia and Herzegovina  3–0 1–1 1–2 3–1 2–0
Cyprus  5–0 0–1 2–3 1–2 0–1
Israel  4–0 0–1 3–0 1–2 0–3
Wales  2–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 0–0


Group C

Main article: UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group C
Team
v  d  e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Belarus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Luxembourg 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 North Macedonia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Slovakia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Ukraine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Flag of Belarus Flag of Luxembourg Flag of North Macedonia Flag of Slovakia Flag of Spain Flag of Ukraine
Belarus  0 0 0 0 0
Luxembourg  0 0 0 0 0
North Macedonia  0 0 0 0 0
Slovakia  0 0 0 0 0
Spain  0 0 0 0 0
Ukraine  0 0 0 0 0


Group D

Main article: UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group D
Team
v  d  e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Gibraltar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Poland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Republic of Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Flag of Georgia Flag of Germany Flag of Gibraltar Flag of Poland Flag of Republic Ireland Flag of Scotland
Georgia  0 0 0 0 0
Germany  0 0 0 0 0
Gibraltar  0 0 0 0 0
Poland  0 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland  0 0 0 0 0
Scotland  0 0 0 0 0


Group E

Main article: UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group E
Team
v  d  e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 10 10 0 0 31 3 +28 30
 Switzerland 10 7 0 3 24 8 +16 21
 Slovenia 10 5 1 4 18 11 +7 16
 Estonia 10 3 1 6 4 9 -5 10
 Lithuania 10 3 1 6 7 18 -11 10
 San Marino 10 0 1 9 1 36 -35 1
  Flag of England Flag of Estonia Flag of Lithuania Flag of San Marino Flag of Slovenia Flag of Switzerland
England  2-0 4-0 5-0 2-0 3-1
Estonia  0-1 1-0 2-0 0-1 1-0
Lithuania  0-3 1-0 2-1 1-2 0-2
San Marino  0-6 0-0 0-2 0-4 0-2
Slovenia  2-3 1-0 1-1 6-0 1-0
Switzerland  0-2 3-0 4-0 7-0 3-2


Group F

Main article: UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group F
Team
v  d  e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Faroe Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Finland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Greece 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Hungary 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Northern Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Flag of Faroe Islands Flag of Finland Flag of Greece Flag of Hungary Flag of Northern Ireland Flag of Romania
Faroe Islands  0 0 0 0 0
Finland  0 0 0 0 0
Greece  0 0 0 0 0
Hungary  0 0 0 0 0
Northern Ireland  0 0 0 0 0
Romania  0 0 0 0 0


Group G

Main article: UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group G
Team
v  d  e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Austria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Liechtenstein 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Moldova 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Montenegro 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Russia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Sweden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Flag of Austria Flag of Liechtenstein Flag of Moldova Flag of Montenegro Flag of Russia Flag of Sweden
Austria  0 0 0 0 0
Liechtenstein  0 0 0 0 0
Moldova  0 0 0 0 0
Montenegro  0 0 0 0 0
Russia  0 0 0 0 0
Sweden  0 0 0 0 0


Group H

Main article: UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group H
Team
v  d  e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Azerbaijan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Bulgaria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Croatia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Malta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Norway 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Flag of Azerbaijan Flag of Bulgaria Flag of Croatia Flag of Italy Flag of Malta Flag of Norway
Azerbaijan  0 0 0 0 0
Bulgaria  0 0 0 0 0
Croatia  0 0 0 0 0
Italy  0 0 0 0 0
Malta  0 0 0 0 0
Norway  0 0 0 0 0


Group I

Main article: UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group I
Team
v  d  e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Albania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Armenia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Denmark 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Portugal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Serbia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Flag of Albania Flag of Armenia Flag of Denmark Flag of Portugal Flag of Serbia
Albania  0 0 0 0
Armenia  0 0 0 0
Denmark  0 0 0 0
Portugal  0 0 0 0
Serbia  0 0 0 0


Ranking of third-placed teams

The highest ranked third-placed team from the groups directly qualify for the tournament, while the remainder enter the play-offs. As some groups contain six teams and some five, matches against the sixth-placed team in each group are not included in this ranking. As a result, a total of eight matches played by each team count toward the purpose of the third-placed ranking table.

Tiebreakers
If two or more runners-up had an equal number of points from their eight matches contributing toward the ranking, then the following criteria were applied:

  1. Superior goal difference from these matches
  2. Higher number of goals scored in these matches
  3. Higher number of away goals scored in these matches
  4. Position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system
  5. Fair play ranking in these matches
  6. Drawing of lots

Final standings

Group
Team
v  d  e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
A  Turkey 8 5 1 2 12 7 +5 16
F  Hungary 8 4 3 1 8 5 +3 15
C  Ukraine 8 4 1 3 11 4 +7 13
H  Norway 8 4 1 3 8 10 -2 13
I  Denmark 8 3 3 2 8 5 +3 12
G  Sweden 8 3 3 2 11 9 +2 12
D  Republic of Ireland 8 3 3 2 8 7 +1 12
B  Bosnia and Herzegovina 8 3 2 3 11 12 -1 11
E  Slovenia 8 3 1 4 10 11 -1 10
Legend
Qualified for the UEFA Euro 2016 finals
Advanced to the qualifying play-offs


Play-offs

Main article: UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying play-offs

The eight remaining third-placed teams contested two-legged play-offs to determine the last four qualifiers for the finals. The teams were seeded for the play-off draw according to the UEFA national team coefficient rankings updated after the completion of the qualifying group stage. The draw for the play-offs was held on 18 October 2015, 11:20 CEST, at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon.

Seedings

Pot 1 (seeded)
Team Coeff Rank
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 30,367 13
 Ukraine 30,313 14
 Sweden 29,028 16
 Hungary 27,142 20
Pot 2 (unseeded)
Team Coeff Rank
 Denmark 27,140 21
 Republic of Ireland 26,902 23
 Norway 26,439 25
 Slovenia 25,441 26

Matches

The first legs were played on 12–14 November, and the second legs were played on 15–17 November 2015. The four play-off winners qualified for the final tournament.

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Ukraine  3–1  Slovenia 2–0 1–1
Sweden  4–3  Denmark 2–1 2–2
Bosnia and Herzegovina  1–3  Republic of Ireland 1–1 0–2
Norway  1–3  Hungary 0–1 1–2

Attendance

Team Highest Lowest Average
Group A 47,500 8,811 12,319
Group B 55,000 800 17,401
Group C 38,454 3,265 20,091
Group D 60,209 800 27,943
Group E 82,305 986 14,349
Group F 54,000 0 8,001
Group G 49,023 2,790 22,832
Group H 63,222 8,333 26,199
Group I 23,205 0 21,673

Broadcasting

During the finals, the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) will be located at the Parc des Expositions at la Porte de Versailles in Paris.

Goalscorers

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2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

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