VI Competition System |
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Article 6 |
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Competition stages |
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6.01 | The competition consists of a qualifying competition and a final tournament. |

Article 7 |
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Group formation |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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7.05 | The nine group winners and the best runner-up qualify directly for the final tournament. |

7.06 | To determine the best runner-up, 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 runners-up contest play-off matches. The four ties are determined by means of a draw. The four runners-up 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 play-offs 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. |

Article 8 |
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B. Final tournament |
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8.01 | The UEFA Executive Committee has entrusted the Polish Football Association (PZPN) and the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) with the joint organisation and staging of the final tournament. |

Group formation |
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8.02 | The UEFA administration divides the 16 teams that qualify for the final tournament into four groups (A, B, C, D) of four teams each. |

8.03 | By means of a draw, the four groups are formed as follows: Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | A1 | B1 | C1 | D1 | A2 | B2 | C2 | D2 | A3 | B3 | C3 | D3 | A4 | B4 | C4 | D4 | |

Coefficients |
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8.04 | The seeded teams are the host associations, with the reigning European champions if they qualify, and one or two teams with the best coefficients according to the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system (see Annex I, paragraph 1.2.2). The other finalists are assigned to the four groups by means of a draw, according to their coefficients. |

8.05 | If any of the teams in question have the same coefficient, the criteria listed in paragraph 7.02 apply. Results from the play-offs referred to in paragraph 7.07 are thereby not taken into consideration. |

Group match schedule |
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8.06 | Each team plays each of the other teams in the same group according to a league system (three points for a win, one point for a draw, no points for a defeat). The group matches are played according to the following schedule. The last two matches in each group must both kick off at the same time. The first-named team is considered as the home team. . | Match day 1 | Match day 2 | Match day 3 | Group A | A1 vs A2 A3 vs A4 | A1 vs A3 A2 vs A4 | A4 vs A1 A2 vs A3 | Group B | B1 vs B2 B3 vs B4 | B1 vs B3 B2 vs B4 | B4 vs B1 B2 vs B3 | Group C | C1 vs C2 C3 vs C4 | C1 vs C3 C2 vs C4 | C4 vs C1 C2 vs C3 | Group D | D1 vs D2 D3 vs D4 | D1 vs D3 D2 vs D4 | D4 vs D1 D2 vs D3 | |

Equality of points after the group matches |
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8.07 | 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 matches among the teams in question;
b)superior goal difference in the matches among the teams in question (if more than two teams finish equal on points); c) higher number of goals scored in the matches among the teams in question (if more than two teams finish equal on points); d) superior goal difference in all the group matches; e) higher number of goals scored in all the group matches; f) position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system (see Annex I, paragraph 1.2.2);g) fair play conduct of the teams (final tournament); h) drawing of lots. |

8.08 | If two teams which have the same number of points, the same number of goals scored and conceded play their last group match against each other and are still equal at the end of that match, the ranking of the two teams in question is determined by kicks from the penalty mark (Article 16), provided no other teams within the group have the same number of points on completion of all group matches. Should more than two teams have the same number of points, the criteria listed under paragraph 8.07 apply. |

Quarter-finals |
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8.09 | The winners and runners-up in each group play the quarter-finals over one match, as follows:
Match 1 Winner Group A vs Runner-up Group B
Match 2 Winner Group B vs Runner-up Group A
Match 3 Winner Group C vs Runner-up Group D
Match 4 Winner Group D vs Runner-up Group C |

Semi-finals |
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8.10 | The four winners of the quarter-finals play the semi-finals over one match, as follows:
Winner Match 1 vs Winner Match 3
Winner Match 2 vs Winner Match 4 |

Final |
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8.11 | The winners of the semi-finals play in the final. |

Same number of goals in a quarter-final, semi-final or the final |
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8.12 | If the result stands as a draw at the end of normal playing time, extra time of two periods of 15 minutes is played. If the two teams are still equal after extra time, the winners are determined by kicks from the penalty mark (Article 16). |