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UEFA Euro 2020 will be played in 13 cities across Europe. No team will be qualified as a host, so all UEFA members will play qualification.
20 teams will qualify for EURO via classic qualification and another 4 teams will qualify via newly founded UEFA Nations League.
The classic qualifying competition for UEFA European championship 2020 final tournament will play 55 teams (all UEFA members). Qualification will be held from March to November 2019. There will be 10 groups (5 groups by five teams and 5 groups by six teams). Top two teams from each group will qualify for UEFA Euro 2020 final tournament. All rest teams will still have chance to secure one of the 4 remaining spots for final tournament - via Nations League play-offs (more informations about play-offs below and on UEFA Nations League 2018/2019 page). Timetable is following:
Seeding of teams into the six drawing pots will be based on results of Nations League 2018/2019 group stage (which will run before start of classic qualification - from September to November 2018). For example Pot 1 will include best 10 teams in overal ranking from League A, Pot 2 will include worst 2 teams from League A and best 8 teams from League B and so on. Overal ranking is based on position in group, then earned points, goal difference, scored goal, scored away goals, number of wins, number of away wins, disciplinary points, coefficient. In other words, the group winners will always be best-ranked (among teams from same League). Position of these four winners will then be based on points, goal difference etc. The group runners-up will be ranked on 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th position. Then follow next postitions and then next Leagues.
Teams which fail in classic qualification may qualify for UEFA Euro 2020 final tournament via Nations League play-offs - each League has guaranteed one spot. The participants will be all group winners (16 teams). Every group winner already qualified for the final tournament via classic qualification will be replaced by best non-qualified team in given League (best runner-up, or second best runner-up and so on).
But what if there will be less than 4 non-qualified teams in given League? There are two possible replacing methods:
1) If this League has at least 1 non-qualified group winner, than the free spots in this League will be filled by best non-qualified teams from LOWER League.
2) If this League doesn't have any non-qualified group winner, than the free spots in this League will be filled by overall best non-qualified teams - from ANY League. The reason for two methods of the replacing is rule that group winners can't play in the play-offs against teams from higher Leagues.
When the replacing is at the end and we know all 16 play-offs participants, it's time to make play-offs pairs. In each League - best ranked team will play against 4th best ranked team (and 2nd against 3rd). But what if there are more than 4 play-offs participants from same League? In that case there will be a draw, which decides which teams will 'stay' in this League, and which teams will play the play-offs against teams from higher Leagues. Please note - group winners will never be part of the draw because they can't play against teams from higher league, as already mentioned.
Pot allocations for final tournament draw will be based on National Ranking UEFA 2019. Format of final tournament remains same like at Euro 2016 (24 teams, six groups by 4 teams, 16 teams qualify for round of 16). Host teams (in case of qualification) will be allocated also by geographical criteria. Max. 2 host teams will play in same group. Host teams will play at least two matches in group stage at home field. Stadiums and number of hosted matches: