Does third place qualify for the knockout stages of Euro 2020? Yes, finishing third qualifies you for the knockout stages, but only four of the top third-placed teams qualify. All of the teams who finished third in their respective Eurogroups are placed in a table. The four best-ranked teams will then proceed to the knockout stage.
Since Ukraine and Russia were excluded from European competition due to security concerns, all three remaining third-placed teams will qualify. These countries ranked among the top seven in 2015. Germany, France and Italy were the first, second and third-place finishers at that time.
The Czech Republic, Poland and Sweden also qualified because they did not win any of their groups. However, these nations were not selected by virtue of being third in their groups; instead, they chose this path because no country was willing to host them. Belgium and Netherlands also failed to advance from the first round of qualification because no other team could be found to replace them. Both countries have been replaced by Romania and Turkey, respectively.
In fact, none of the third-placed teams will face any difficulty in qualifying for the knockout stages. They are guaranteed of at least one spot each, with the exception of England who might have to go through play-offs if they want to secure a place for themselves and Finland.
The Euro 2020 group stage is nearly finished, with 16 of the 24 nations progressing to the knockout rounds. The top two teams in each group, as well as the best four of the six third-placed clubs, qualify. Head-to-head record is the first tiebreaker for clubs tied on points, followed by total goal difference. If still tied, a play-off will be held at a neutral venue.
At the end of the Euro 2016 tournament, which country was first in the table? France! However, after their loss to Germany in the final match of the group stage, Italy took over first place and remain there today. Although France did better than Italy overall during the tournament, the head-to-head record is not enough to call it a victory for one team or the other.
What is the current ranking of European countries? According to the most recent data released by UEFA, here are the rankings: 1. Germany 2. France 3. England 4. Spain 5. Italy 6. Portugal 7. Greece 8. Ukraine 9. Bulgaria 10. Republic of Ireland 11. Denmark 12. Sweden 13. Switzerland 14. Latvia 15. Lithuania 16. Hungary 17. Czech Republic 18. Austria 19. Norway 20. Poland 21. Romania 22. Malta 23. FIeland 24. Croatia
Many people are surprised to learn that Europe has more countries that America. There are 44 countries in Europe, compared to 38 in America.
Unlike other international events, such as the World Cup, Copa America, and African Cup of Nations, Euro 2020 will not include a third-place play-off. The only way for a team to avoid relegation at the end of the tournament is by winning the title.
However, if two or more teams are equal on points at the end of the group stage, the following criteria will be used to determine the ranking: number of goals scored; goal difference; percentage of matches won; penalty shots taken (ranking of 1-3); direct red cards received (ranking of 1-3).
The three lowest-ranked teams will be relegated to their respective European domestic leagues while the remaining four countries will advance to a new qualifying phase. The eight winners of this phase will then join Russia, Sweden, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany, and England in the final tournament held in various cities across Europe from June 14 to July 15, 2020.
Since its founding in 2009, the Confederation of Independent Football Associations has grown into an alliance of nations from around the world. Most recently, Afghanistan was admitted into the fold this past January. Euro 2020 will be the first major international event to be hosted by the country since it became a member nation.
The Euros are the only major international competition with no third-place playoff. Third-place playoffs are typically used by teams to offer squad players an opportunity to compete in the tournament, rather than as a must-win match. No third-place playoff has ever been required of a participant because each nation can replace any player that misses out through injury or other reasons.
For example, if Germany were to lose their first two matches, they would be eliminated automatically. However, Germany's next game would be against Portugal, who would also have lost their first two games. Germany could then win this match and be crowned champions. Or Germany could lose this match and need to win their final group game against Russia to avoid elimination.
In short, if Germany lose one of their first two games, they can still reach the semi-finals by winning their remaining three matches. If they do not win any of their last three games, however, they will not qualify for the semi-finals.
There has been some discussion about introducing a third place play-off into future tournaments, but so far no country has requested one.