Euro 2020 qualifying: All you need to know

Euro 2020 qualifying is almost over. Find out the groups, how many teams qualify and how the playoffs and finals map out.

What are the qualifying groups?

GROUP A: England, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Kosovo

GROUP B: Portugal, Ukraine, Serbia, Lithuania, Luxembourg

GROUP C: Netherlands, Germany, Northern Ireland, Estonia, Belarus

GROUP D: Switzerland, Denmark, Republic of Ireland, Georgia, Gibraltar

GROUP E: Croatia, Wales, Slovakia, Hungary, Azerbaijan

GROUP F: Spain, Sweden, Norway, Romania, Faroe Islands, Malta

GROUP G: Poland, Austria, Israel, Slovenia, Macedonia, Latvia

GROUP H: France, Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova, Andorra

GROUP I: Belgium, Russia, Scotland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, San Marino

GROUP J: Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Greece, Armenia, Liechtenstein

How do nations qualify for Euro 2020?

There will be 24 nations at Euro 2020. As the finals are being played across Europe, there is no host nation.

The top two teams in each group qualify automatically, meaning there are 20 places up for grabs from the 10 groups.

There are then four places via playoffs. There will be 16 participating teams, allocated based on UEFA Nations League group positions and performance available to those that have not qualified directly.

When will the qualifying group games be played?

The match dates are all in 2019 and as follows:

March 21-23
March 24-26
June 7-8
June 10-11
September 5-7
September 8-10
October 10-12
October 13-15
November 14-16
November 17-19

Who has qualified for Euro 2020?

Seventeen countries — Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine — have secured their places.

What is the format of the playoffs?

Sixteen nations will take part in the playoffs.

There will be four playoff routes, each with four nations taking part.

Each route will have two semifinals and a final. All games are one-off matches, and not two-legged.

In the semifinals, the best-ranked team from the Nations League path will be at home to face the fourth-ranked team, and the second-ranked team will host the third-best team.

The home team in each final will be drawn in November 2019 and will not be based on ranking.

So who will qualify for the Euro 2020 playoffs?

In its purest form, the winners of each of the 16 groups across the four UEFA Nations League paths (A, B, C and D) will go to the playoffs. It means we will see a minimum of one team from each of the weaker Leagues C and D at Euro 2020.

However, at least half of the Nations League group winners are likely to qualify for Euro 2020 automatically, so who takes their place in the playoff route? It goes to the next-best-ranked team at that League level.

This is the ranked order in which nations will be granted a playoff, should they need it:

League A: England, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Poland, Germany, Iceland

League B: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Austria, Wales, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland

League C: Scotland, Norway, Serbia, Finland, Bulgaria, Israel, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Cyprus, Estonia, Slovenia, Lithuania

League D: Georgia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Belarus, Luxembourg, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Gibraltar, Faroe Islands, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Malta, San Marino

So the 20 automatic qualifiers will be removed from this list, and the top four remaining teams in each path will make up the playoffs.

How will the playoff fixtures be created?

Remember, best-ranked will face worst-ranked at home in the semifinals.

Let’s take League D as an example.

All four of the group winners require a playoff, so the semifinals are Georgia vs. Belarus and North Macedonia vs. Kosovo. That’s first vs. fourth and second vs. third.

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