
VI Competition System 

Article 7 

Group formation 

7.01  The teams of the host associations for the final tournament, Poland and Ukraine, qualify automatically for the final tournament. The remaining teams are drawn into 6 groups of 6 teams and 3 groups of 5 teams. The groups are formed by the UEFA administration by means of a draw, with seeded teams, on completion of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying competition. The reigning European champions are always seeded. The other associations are classified on the basis of the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system (see Annex I, paragraph 1.2.1). The decisions of the UEFA administration are final.  7.02  If any of the teams in question have the same coefficient, the following criteria, relating only to the most recent qualifying competition, are determinant, in the order given:
a)UEFA national team coefficient from the matches played;
b)average goal difference;
c)average number of goals scored;
d)average number of away goals scored;
e)fair play ranking;
f)drawing of lots.  Match system for the qualifying competition 

7.03  The matches in the qualifying competition are played in groups according to the league system, with each team playing all opponents in its group in a series of home and away matches. Three points are awarded for a win, one point for a draw, and no points for a defeat.  Equality of points after the group matches 

7.04  If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings:
a)higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question;
b)superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question;
c)higher number of goals scored in the group matches played among the teams in question;
d)higher number of goals scored away from home in the group matches played among the teams in question;
e)if, after applying criteria a) to d) to several teams, two or more teams still have an equal ranking, the criteria a) to d) will be reapplied to determine the ranking of these teams. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria f) to j) apply;
f)superior goal difference in all group matches;
g)higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
h)higher number of goals scored away from home in all group matches;
i)fair play ranking in all group matches;
j)drawing of lots.  Qualification for the final tournament 

7.05  The nine group winners and the best runnerup qualify directly for the final tournament.  7.06  To determine the best runnerup, only results against the teams in first, third, fourth and fifth place are taken into account, with the following criteria being taken into consideration in the order given:
a)higher number of points obtained in these matches;
b)superior goal difference from these matches;
c)higher number of goals scored in these matches;
d)higher number of away goals scored in these matches;
e)position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system (see Annex I, paragraph 1.2.2);
f)fair play ranking in these matches;
g)drawing of lots.  7.07  The eight remaining runnersup contest playoff matches. The four ties are determined by means of a draw. The four runnersup with the best position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system (see Annex I, paragraph 1.2.2) are seeded for the draw. If any of the teams in question have the same coefficient, the criteria listed in paragraph 7.02 apply. The playoffs are played according to the knockout system, with each team playing each opponent twice, in home and away matches. The order of the two matches will be established by draw. The teams which score the greater aggregate of goals in the two matches qualify for the final tournament. Otherwise, the provisions of paragraph 7.08 apply.  7.08  For matches played under the knockout system, if the two teams involved in a tie score the same number of goals over the two legs, the team which scores more away goals qualifies for the next stage. If this procedure does not produce a result, i.e. if the two teams score the same number of home and away goals, two 15minute periods of extra time are played at the end of the second leg. If, during extra time, both teams score the same number of goals, away goals count double (i.e. the visiting team qualifies). If no goals are scored during extra time, kicks from the penalty mark (Article 16) determine which team qualifies for the next stage. 
 ≡ 