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In the UEFA Euro 2012 group stage the teams in a group are firstly ranked by their points; they get 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss. The ranking is not always straight forward because of the use of head-to-head records in case of a tie on point between two or more teams. This can for instance lead to an outranking by a team with inferior goal difference of teams with a better one. Only the two best teams will advance to the next stage of the tournament; however it is still important to determine third place because of the prize money for this.

Tie-breaking criteria

If 2 or more teams are equal on points the better or best team is found by the following UEFA tie-breaking criteria (which consider):[1][2]

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question;
  2. Superior goal difference resulting from the matches played between the teams in question (if more than two teams finish equal on points);
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question (if more than two teams finish equal on points);
  4. If, after having applied criteria 1 to 3 to more than two teams, two teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 3 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the two teams in question to determine the final rankings of the two teams. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 5 to 10 apply in the order given;
  5. Superior goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  7. If two teams that have the same number of points, goal difference, and goals scored finish their last group match against each other in a draw, and provided no other teams within the group have the same number of points, the ranking of the two teams in question is determined by penalty shoot-out. Otherwise, criteria 8 to 10 apply in the order given;
  8. Position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system;
  9. Fair play conduct of the teams (final tournament);
  10. Drawing of lots.

The last two criteria which are not based on performance are usually not needed since in most cases all teams will have different UEFA coefficients.

Use of criteria

The following fictive examples illustrate the use of the criteria; numbers in brackets are supposed UEFA rankings.

Example A: team with highest UEFA ranking wins (no criteria needed)

The teams are seeded before the tournament to ensure that the teams in each group vary evenly in strength and at the same time that all groups are equally strong. In the ideal case this would mean that a team will defeat all teams lower ranked than it. This could produce something like the following (assuming all matches end with a 1-0 win for the team with the best UEFA ranking):

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Germany.svg Germany (3) 33 0 0 3 0 +3 9
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic (6) 3 2 0 12 1 +1 6
Flag of Greece.svg Greece (8) 3 10 2 1 2 -1 3
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| 3|| 0|| 0|| 3|| 0|| 3||-3 ||0 |}

This is the simple case since all teams have different points and none of the tie-breaking rules are needed. The following example is more complicated and comes when results do not follow the UEFA ranking in a straight order like above.

Example B: tie of 3, head-to-head records (criteria 1-4)

Three rounds are played in the group with the following results:

Greece Flag of Greece.svg1–0Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic
France [[File:{{{flag alias-{| align=center border=0 cellpadding=3 cellspacing=3 style="border: 1px solid #E0E0E0; background-color: #F8F8F8; color:black;"
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|- style=font-size:90% |align=right|Greece Flag of Greece.svg||align=center|0-1||[[File:{{{flag alias-{| align=center border=0 cellpadding=3 cellspacing=3 style="border: 1px solid #E0E0E0; background-color: #F8F8F8; color:black;" |- | style="font-size: 90%" | This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors). |}}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]] France |- style=font-size:90% |align=right|Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic.svg||align=center|2-0||Flag of Germany.svg Germany |- style=font-size:90% |align=right|Germany Flag of Germany.svg||align=center|0-3||Flag of Greece.svg Greece |- style=font-size:90% |align=right|France [[File:{{{flag alias-{| align=center border=0 cellpadding=3 cellspacing=3 style="border: 1px solid #E0E0E0; background-color: #F8F8F8; color:black;" |- | style="font-size: 90%" | This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors). |}}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]]||align=center|1-2||Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic |}

The following preliminary table for the completed group is produced based on over-all score:

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Greece.svg Greece (8) 3 2 01 4 1 +36
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic (6) 3 20 1 4 2 +2 6
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| 3|| 2||0|| 1|| 3|| 2||+1||6 |- |align=left|Flag of Germany.svg Germany (3) |3 ||0 ||0 ||3 ||0 ||6 ||-6 ||0 |}

Since three teams have the same number of points, a sub table with head-to-head records will determine the ranking between them (criteria 1-3):

Greece Flag of Greece.svg1–0Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic
Greece Flag of Greece.svg0-1[[File:{{{flag alias-{| align=center border=0 cellpadding=3 cellspacing=3 style="border: 1px solid #E0E0E0; background-color: #F8F8F8; color:black;"
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|- style=font-size:90% |align=right|France [[File:{{{flag alias-{| align=center border=0 cellpadding=3 cellspacing=3 style="border: 1px solid #E0E0E0; background-color: #F8F8F8; color:black;" |- | style="font-size: 90%" | This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors). |}}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]]||align=center|1-2||Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic |}

This produces the following sub-table in which the two teams with most scored goals are ranked at top (points and goal difference are the same for all); however, the two still need to be separated.
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
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| 2|| 1|| 0|| 1|| 2|| 2||0||3 |- style="background-color:#EEEDDE" |align=left|Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic (6) |2 ||1||0 ||1 ||2 ||2 ||0 ||3 |- |align=left|Flag of Greece.svg Greece (8) |2 ||1 ||0 ||1 ||1 ||1 ||0||3 |}

To distinguish them, a table with their head-to-head record alone is made (criteria 4, repetition of 1-3):
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|}

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic (6) 1 10 0 2 1 +1 3
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|1|| 0|| 0|| 1|| 1|| 2||-1||0 |}

Now, this order of ranking is forced upon the former table to produce:
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic (6) 2 10 1 2 2 0 3
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| 2|| 1|| 0|| 1|| 2|| 2||0||3 |- |align=left|Flag of Greece.svg Greece (8) |2 ||1 ||0 ||1 ||1 ||1 ||0||3 |}

This order is again forced upon the over-all table to produce the final result of the group:
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic (6) 3 11 1 4 2 +2 6
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| 3|| 1|| 1|| 1|| 3|| 2||+1||6 |- style="background-color:#EEEEEE" |align=left|Flag of Greece.svg Greece (8) |3 ||1 ||1 ||1 ||4 ||1 ||+3||6 |- |align=left|Flag of Germany.svg Germany (3) |3 ||0 ||1 ||2 ||0 ||6 ||-6 ||0 |}

As can be seen, the order of the three first teams is changed all together from the preliminary table which was based on over-all score. The conclusion in this example is that big wins against the loser of the group is not necessarily a help.

Note that in a tie of 4 the head-to-head rules will not be applied since head-to-head record is the same as overall record (no sub tables can be made.) Instead criteria 5-10 are used.

Example C: UEFA ranking (criteria 5-8)

The group ends with the following even tighter results:

Greece Flag of Greece.svg1–0Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic
France [[File:{{{flag alias-{| align=center border=0 cellpadding=3 cellspacing=3 style="border: 1px solid #E0E0E0; background-color: #F8F8F8; color:black;"
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|- style=font-size:90% |align=right|Greece Flag of Greece.svg||align=center|0-1||[[File:{{{flag alias-{| align=center border=0 cellpadding=3 cellspacing=3 style="border: 1px solid #E0E0E0; background-color: #F8F8F8; color:black;" |- | style="font-size: 90%" | This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors). |}}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]] France |- style=font-size:90% |align=right|Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic.svg||align=center|1-0||Flag of Germany.svg Germany |- style=font-size:90% |align=right|Germany Flag of Germany.svg||align=center|1-0||Flag of Greece.svg Greece |- style=font-size:90% |align=right|France [[File:{{{flag alias-{| align=center border=0 cellpadding=3 cellspacing=3 style="border: 1px solid #E0E0E0; background-color: #F8F8F8; color:black;" |- | style="font-size: 90%" | This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors). |}}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]]||align=center|0-1||Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic |}

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic (6) 3 2 0 1 2 1+1 6
Flag of Germany.svg Germany (3) 3 11 1 2 2 0 4
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|3 ||1||1 ||1 ||2 ||2 ||0 ||4 |- |align=left|Flag of Greece.svg Greece (8) | 3|| 1|| 0|| 2|| 1|| 2||-1 ||3 |} Here two teams end with the same number of points and their head-to-head record is a draw (criteria 1-4 are inconclusive). Then the over-all goal difference and number of goals scored in all matched are considered (criteria 5-6); however, this is still not enough. Criteria 7, penalty shoot-out, cannot be used since the head-to-head meeting between them was in the first round (not the last). In the end they have to be ranked by their UEFA ranking number (criteria 8).

Example D: penalty shoot-out (criteria 7)

The group ends with the same result as the former example but the draw between [[File:{{{flag alias-{| align=center border=0 cellpadding=3 cellspacing=3 style="border: 1px solid #E0E0E0; background-color: #F8F8F8; color:black;" |- | style="font-size: 90%" | This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors). |}}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]] France and Flag of Germany.svg Germany is played in the third and last round of the group stage:

Greece Flag of Greece.svg0-1[[File:{{{flag alias-{| align=center border=0 cellpadding=3 cellspacing=3 style="border: 1px solid #E0E0E0; background-color: #F8F8F8; color:black;"
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|- style=font-size:90% |align=right|Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic.svg||align=center|1-0||Flag of Germany.svg Germany |- style=font-size:90% |align=right|Germany Flag of Germany.svg||align=center|1-0||Flag of Greece.svg Greece |- style=font-size:90% |align=right|France [[File:{{{flag alias-{| align=center border=0 cellpadding=3 cellspacing=3 style="border: 1px solid #E0E0E0; background-color: #F8F8F8; color:black;" |- | style="font-size: 90%" | This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors). |}}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]]||align=center|0-1||Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic |- style=font-size:90% |align=center colspan=3| Round 3: |- style=font-size:90% |align=right|Greece Flag of Greece.svg||align=center|1–0||Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic |- style=font-size:90% |align=right|France [[File:{{{flag alias-{| align=center border=0 cellpadding=3 cellspacing=3 style="border: 1px solid #E0E0E0; background-color: #F8F8F8; color:black;" |- | style="font-size: 90%" | This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors). |}}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]]||align=center|1-1||Flag of Germany.svg Germany |} In this case a penalty shoot-out after the match will decide the rank of the two teams. Note that penalty shoot-out cannot be applied in the case of a tie of 3 or 4 but is possible in a case of a tie between number 1 and 2 together with a tie between number 3 and 4 in a group.

Application in UEFA Euro 2012

In Group B and Group C there were no ties between teams; in Group A and Group D, however, there were. In both cases rank was decided by head-to-head record between two teams.

Group A

Group A ended in a tie between Greece and Russia for the second place of the group. Greece won because of head-to-head record as shown below. (Russia's 4-1 win against Czech Republic in the first round did not help them here.)

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic 320145−16
Flag of Greece.svg Greece 31113304
Flag of Russia.svg Russia 311153+24
Flag of Poland.svg Poland
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Greece Flag of Greece.svg1–0Flag of Russia.svg Russia

Group D

In Group D Sweden and Ukraine were tied for the third place. Again the rank was decided by head-to-head record:

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of England.svg England 321053+27
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|style="border-bottom-color:black;"|3||style="border-bottom-color:black;"|1||style="border-bottom-color:black;"|1||style="border-bottom-color:black;"|1||style="border-bottom-color:black;"|3||style="border-bottom-color:black;"|3||style="border-bottom-color:black;"|0||style="border-bottom-color:black;"|4 |- |align=left style="border-left-color:black;"|Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine |3||1||0||2||2||4||−2||style="border-right-color:black;"|3 |- |align=left style="border-bottom-color:black;border-left-color:black;"|Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden |style="border-bottom-color:black;"|3||style="border-bottom-color:black;"|1||style="border-bottom-color:black;"|0||style="border-bottom-color:black;"|2||style="border-bottom-color:black;"|5||style="border-bottom-color:black;"|5||style="border-bottom-color:black;"|0||style="border-bottom-color:black;border-right-color:black;"|3 |}

Ukraine Flag of Ukraine.svg2–1Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden

References

  1. Regulations of the UEFA European Football Championship 2010-12 (PDF). UEFA. Retrieved on 19 June 2012.
  2. Key EURO regulation changes approved. UEFA (22 May 2012). Retrieved on 19 June 2012.
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