Euro 2024: What happens if teams are level on points, goal difference and goals scored?

THE Uefa Euro 2024 tournament is fast approaching and is set to deliver exciting games and fierce competition.

But as the European Championship progresses the points table in each group stage will constantly evolve determining which teams will advance to the knockout stages.

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How do Uefa points work?

The Uefa Euro point system is clear and simple – rewarding teams based on their performance during matches.

Win: A team earns 3 points for a victory.

Draw: Both teams in a draw receive 1 point each.

Loss: A losing team earns 0 points.

Teams are ranked in their groups according to the number of points they have earned, and the top teams will progress to the knockout rounds.

Additional factors such as goal difference and goals scored come into play if teams are tied on points.


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When does the Knockout Stage start?

After the group stage matches are complete, the top teams from each group will advance to the knockout stage.

The format typically includes a round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, and the grand final to crown the European champion.

The Euro 2024 knockout stage begins on June 29.

Here’s the breakdown of the tournament schedule:

Group Stage: June 14 – June 26

Round of 16: June 29 – July 2

Quarter-finals: July 5 – July 6

Semi-finals: July 10 – July 11

Final: July 14

How many teams qualify for Euro 2024?

A total of 24 teams will compete in the UEFA Euro 2024.

What happens if teams are tied on points?

If two or more teams are level on points at the end of the group stage, a head-to-head record is used as the first tie-breaker to determine their final rankings.

This is followed by goal difference and goals scored in the matches between the teams in question, followed by most wins and then disciplinary records across the group as a whole.

Should two teams be tied on points, goals scored and goals conceded at the end of the group stage – with no tiebreaker separating them from any other team – a penalty shootout will dictate their final placings.

How many teams advance from each group?

The top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stages.

Then the four best third-placed teams will also proceed to the next round.

Can teams from the same group meet again in the knockout stages?

The tournament is laid out to prevent teams from the same group from playing again until later in the knockout stages.

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