UEFA EURO 2020
At yesterday's UEFA Executive Committee meeting the matter of the Euro 2020 main draw and play-off draw was discussed.
It was acknowledged that the situation regarding the play-offs is too complicated to decide fully in advance. There are just too many scenarios to cater for. Instead, certain principles were laid down. Final decisions will be made once the 16 play-off teams are known at the end of normal qualification.
There are 2 points of particular interest to England fans.
#1 It is stated for the first time in black and white that if one host country in a group qualifies directly and the other host country doesn't then the qualified host country will get 3 matches at home. This applies whether the other host country is in the play-offs or whether they miss out completely. So, if Scotland do not qualify directly, England will get 3 matches at Wembley.
#2 UEFA will try to keep host countries apart in the play-off draw. But if the League C play-off includes 2 host countries then, in the main Euro 2020 group draw, "League C play-off Winner" will have to be placed in one of the two possible groups. The other group will then get one of the other play-off winners. If the "wrong" team wins the play-off then there will be a straight swap in April 2020.
[Note that if the League C play-off has 2 host countries then the play-offs for Leagues A and B must each also include a host country. So the paired play-off available to be swapped with League C would have to be League D. If England's Euro 2020 group does not include the League C play-off winner it would have to include the League D play-off winner instead.]
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