2025 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification

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Tournament details
Dates24 March 2023 – 19 November 2024
Teams52 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played163
Goals scored491 (3.01 per match)
Attendance332,456 (2,040 per match)
Top scorer(s)England Harvey Elliott
(7 goals)

The 2025 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification is a men's under-21 national football team competition to determine the 15 teams that will be joining the automatically qualified hosts Slovakia in the 2025 UEFA European Under-21 Championship final tournament.

Apart from Slovakia, Liechtenstein (dissolved their U21 team until 2025) and Russia (banned due to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine), all remaining 52 UEFA member national teams entered this qualifying competition. Players born on or after 1 January 2002 are eligible to participate.

Format

The qualifying competition will consist of the following two rounds:

Tiebreakers

In the qualifying group stage, teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Article 14.01):

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
  5. Goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Goals scored in all group matches;
  7. Away goals scored in all group matches;
  8. Wins in all group matches;
  9. Away wins in all group matches;
  10. Disciplinary points (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);
  11. UEFA coefficient ranking for the qualifying group stage draw.

To determine the bests runner-up from the qualifying group stage, the results against the teams in sixth place are discarded. The following criteria are applied (Regulations Article 15.02):

  1. Points;
  2. Goal difference;
  3. Goals scored;
  4. Away goals scored;
  5. Wins;
  6. Away wins;
  7. Disciplinary points;
  8. UEFA coefficient ranking for the qualifying group stage draw.

Schedule

Stage Draw date FIFA International Dates
Qualifying group stage 2 February 2023 FIFA date 1 (24–28 March 2023)
FIFA date 2 (15–20 June 2023)
FIFA date 3 (6–12 September 2023)
FIFA date 4 (12–17 October 2023)
FIFA date 5 (16–21 November 2023)
FIFA date 6 (21–26 March 2024)
FIFA date 7 (5–10 September 2024)
FIFA date 8 (10–15 October 2024)
Play-offs TBD 1st leg (11 November 2024)
2nd leg (19 November 2024)

Qualifying group stage

Draw

Final tournament host
Team
 Slovakia
Pot 1
Team
 Spain
 Portugal
 Germany
 France
 Netherlands
 England
 Denmark
 Italy
 Romania
Pot 2
Team
 Croatia
  Switzerland
 Belgium
 Czech Republic
 Poland
 Ukraine
 Sweden
 Austria
 Republic of Ireland
Pot 3
Team
 Norway
 Greece
 Iceland
 Slovenia
 Israel
 Finland
 Georgia
 Serbia
 Scotland
Pot 4
Team
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Bulgaria
 Hungary
 Turkey
 North Macedonia
 Wales
 Belarus
 Northern Ireland
 Albania
Pot 5
Team
 Kosovo
 Montenegro
 Moldova
 Lithuania
 Faroe Islands
 Cyprus
 Kazakhstan
 Azerbaijan
 Latvia
Pot 6
Team
 Malta
 Armenia
 Luxembourg
 Andorra
 Estonia
 Gibraltar
 San Marino
Banned from entering qualifying
Team
 Russia
Did not enter
Team
 Liechtenstein

Each group contained one team from each of Pots 1–6 (Pots 1–5 for five-team group). Based on the decisions taken by the UEFA Emergency Panel, the following teams would not be drawn in the same group.

Groups

Group A
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Italy 7 4 3 0 16 3 +13 15 Final tournament 15 Oct '24 2–0 2–0 1–1 5 Sep '24
2  Republic of Ireland 6 4 1 1 19 8 +11 13 Play-offs 2–2 11 Oct '24 10 Sep '24 3–2 3–0
3  Norway 6 4 0 2 21 6 +15 12 10 Sep '24 3–2 7–0 15 Oct '24 4–0
4  Latvia 6 2 1 3 5 12 −7 7 0–0 1–2 6 Sep '24 2–1 2–0
5  Turkey 6 2 1 3 11 8 +3 7 0–2 6 Sep '24 2–0 11 Oct '24 5–0
6  San Marino (E) 7 0 0 7 0 35 −35 0 0–7 0–7 0–7 15 Oct '24 10 Sep '24
Updated to match(es) played on 26 March 2024. Source: UEFA
(E) Eliminated
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Ranked on head-to-head points: Latvia 3, Turkey 0.
Group B
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 6 5 1 0 15 1 +14 16 Final tournament 1–0 1–0 2–0 10 Oct '24 15 Oct '24
2  Scotland 6 4 1 1 11 4 +7 13 Play-offs 6 Sep '24 11 Oct '24 3–1 4–1 2–1
3  Belgium 7 4 1 2 8 5 +3 13 1–1 0–2 15 Oct '24 1–0 3–1
4  Hungary 7 3 1 3 9 6 +3 10 10 Sep '24 0–0 0–1 2–0 10 Oct '24
5  Kazakhstan (Y) 6 1 0 5 3 14 −11 3 0–4 15 Oct '24 10 Sep '24 0–3 5 Sep '24
6  Malta (E) 6 0 0 6 2 18 −16 0 0–6 10 Sep '24 0–2 0–3 0–2
Updated to match(es) played on 26 March 2024. Source: UEFA
(E) Eliminated; (Y) Cannot qualify directly, but may still qualify through play-offs Group C
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Netherlands 7 7 0 0 21 2 +19 21 Final tournament 9 Sep '24 14 Oct '24 3–0 5 Sep '24 1–0
2  Georgia 6 4 1 1 6 3 +3 13 Play-offs 0–3 0–0 5 Sep '24 15 Oct '24 2–0
3  Sweden 6 3 1 2 13 5 +8 10 2–4 10 Oct '24 4–0 0–1 6 Sep '24
4  Moldova (Y) 7 2 0 5 6 15 −9 6 0–3 0–1 10 Sep '24 2–1 1–2
5  North Macedonia (Y) 6 2 0 4 3 7 −4 6 0–2 0–1 0–2 11 Oct '24 1–0
6  Gibraltar (E) 8 1 0 7 3 20 −17 3 0–5 0–2 0–5 1–3 9 Sep '24
Updated to match(es) played on 26 March 2024. Source: UEFA
(E) Eliminated; (Y) Cannot qualify directly, but may still qualify through play-offs
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Ranked on head-to-head points: Moldova 3, North Macedonia 0.
Group D
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Germany 6 5 1 0 15 4 +11 16 Final tournament 3–1 11 Oct '24 0–0 4–1 2–0
2  Poland 7 5 0 2 14 6 +8 15 Play-offs 15 Oct '24 0–1 3–0 5–0 2–1
3  Bulgaria 7 3 3 1 14 7 +7 12 2–3 10 Sep '24 1–1 6–0 1–0
4  Kosovo 7 2 3 2 8 10 −2 9 0–3 11 Oct '24 2–2 2–0 3–1
5  Estonia (E) 6 0 1 5 2 19 −17 1 10 Sep '24 0–1 1–1 15 Oct '24 7 Sep '24
6  Israel (E) 5 0 0 5 3 10 −7 0 4 Sep '24 1–2 15 Oct '24 10 Sep '24 10 Oct '24
Updated to match(es) played on 26 March 2024. Source: UEFA
(E) Eliminated Group E

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Switzerland 6 4 2 0 16 6 +10 14 Final tournament 2–2 11 Oct '24 6 Sep '24 4–2 5–0
2  Romania 6 4 1 1 13 5 +8 13 Play-offs 15 Oct '24 1–0 5–0 6 Sep '24 2–0
3  Finland 6 3 1 2 13 5 +8 10 1–2 10 Sep '24 4–1 15 Oct '24 6–0
4  Albania 8 3 1 4 9 16 −7 10 1–3 3–2 0–0 2–0 15 Oct '24
5  Montenegro 6 2 1 3 5 8 −3 7 10 Sep '24 11 Oct '24 1–2 1–0 0–0
6  Armenia (E) 8 0 2 6 1 17 −16 2 0–0 0–1 6 Sep '24 1–2 0–1
Updated to match(es) played on 7 June 2024. Source: UEFA
(E) Eliminated Group F
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Ukraine 6 6 0 0 15 2 +13 18 Final tournament 3–2 6 Sep '24 1–0 4–0 1–0
2  England 7 6 0 1 32 5 +27 18 Play-offs 11 Oct '24 9–1 3–0 7–0 15 Oct '24
3  Serbia 7 3 1 3 9 16 −7 10 15 Oct '24 0–3 1–2 2–0 2–0
4  Northern Ireland (Y) 6 2 0 4 4 8 −4 6 10 Sep '24 6 Sep '24 1–2 0–1 12 Oct '24
5  Luxembourg (E) 8 1 1 6 4 23 −19 4 0–3 0–3 1–1 15 Oct '24 6 Sep '24
6  Azerbaijan (E) 6 1 0 5 4 14 −10 3 0–3 1–5 10 Sep '24 0–1 3–2
Updated to match(es) played on 26 March 2024. Source: UEFA
(E) Eliminated; (Y) Cannot qualify directly, but may advance via the play-offs.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Ranked on head-to-head points: Ukraine 3, England 0.
Group G
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Portugal 7 6 0 1 26 4 +22 18 Final tournament 2–0 5–1 4–0 6–1 3–0
2  Greece 8 4 2 2 10 7 +3 14 Play-offs 2–1 2–2 3–0 1–1 1–0
3  Croatia 6 4 1 1 13 9 +4 13 10 Sep '24 15 Oct '24 5 Sep '24 2–0 11 Oct '24
4  Faroe Islands 6 2 1 3 8 15 −7 7 11 Oct '24 10 Sep '24 2–4 15 Oct '24 2–2
5  Belarus (E) 9 1 3 5 6 19 −13 6 0–5 1–0 0–1 2–3 0–0
6  Andorra (E) 8 0 3 5 3 12 −9 3 15 Oct '24 0–1 0–3 0–1 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on 26 March 2024. Source: UEFA
(E) Eliminated Group H
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Slovenia 5 4 0 1 9 5 +4 12 Final tournament 0–4 1–0 3–0 10 Sep '24
2  France 4 3 0 1 15 3 +12 9 Play-offs 6 Sep '24 15 Oct '24 10 Sep '24 9–0
3  Austria 5 2 2 1 7 4 +3 8 11 Oct '24 2–0 2–0 2–2
4  Bosnia and Herzegovina (Y) 5 1 0 4 4 10 −6 3 1–2 1–2 6 Sep '24 15 Oct '24
5  Cyprus (Y) 5 0 2 3 4 17 −13 2 0–3 11 Oct '24 1–1 1–2
Updated to match(es) played on 26 March 2024. Source: UEFA
(Y) Cannot qualify directly, but may advance via the play-offs Group I
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Denmark 5 3 2 0 9 4 +5 11 Final tournament 2–2 15 Oct '24 10 Sep '24 3–0
2  Wales 6 3 2 1 10 8 +2 11 Play-offs 1–2 1–0 11 Oct '24 2–1
3  Iceland 4 2 0 2 4 6 −2 6 6 Sep '24 10 Sep '24 2–1 10 Oct '24
4  Czech Republic 4 1 2 1 6 4 +2 5 0–0 1–1 4–1 15 Oct '24
5  Lithuania (E) 5 0 0 5 4 11 −7 0 1–2 2–3 0–1 6 Sep '24
Updated to match(es) played on 26 March 2024. Source: UEFA
(E) Eliminated
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Ranked on head-to-head points: Denmark 4, Wales 1.

Ranking of second-placed teams

Because two groups have one fewer team than the others, only the results of the second-placed teams against the first, third, fourth, and fifth-placed teams in their group are taken into account, while results against the sixth-placed team in six-team groups are not included. As a result, eight matches played by each second-placed team are counted for the purposes of determining the ranking. The top three teams qualify directly for the final tournament, while the other six teams enter the play-offs.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 F  England 6 5 0 1 27 4 +23 15 Final tournament
2 I  Wales 6 3 2 1 10 8 +2 11
3 B  Scotland 5 3 1 1 9 3 +6 10
4 H  France 4 3 0 1 15 3 +12 9 Play-offs
5 D  Poland 5 3 0 2 10 4 +6 9
6 G  Greece 6 2 2 2 8 7 +1 8
7 E  Romania 4 2 1 1 10 5 +5 7
8 A  Republic of Ireland 4 2 1 1 9 8 +1 7
9 C  Georgia 4 2 1 1 2 3 −1 7
Updated to match(es) played on 26 March 2024. Source:
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) away goals scored; 5) wins; 6) away wins; 7) disciplinary points; 8) coefficient ranking.

Play-offs

Team 1 Agg.Tooltip Aggregate score Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
1 TBD TBD
2 TBD TBD
3 TBD TBD

Top goalscorers

There have been 491 goals scored in 163 matches, for an average of 3.01 goals per match (as of 7 June 2024).

7 goals

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

For full lists of goalscorers, see sections in each group:

References

  1. ^ a b "Regulations of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship" (PDF). UEFA. Retrieved 24 March 2023.
  2. ^ UEFA.com (2023-03-24). "2025 Under-21 EURO qualifying groups". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2023-03-24.

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