Play-off draw Path A: Iceland v Romania, Bulgaria v Hungary Path B: Bosnia and Herzegovina v Northern Ireland, Slovakia v Republic of Ireland Path C: Scotland v Israel, Norway v Serbia Path D: Georgia v Belarus, North Macedonia v Kosovo
Draw details European Qualifiers: How the play-offs for UEFA EURO 2020 work Path D A draw determined that the winners of semi-final 1 (Georgia or Belarus) will play the final at home. The semi-finals are as follows:
Semi-final 1 (1 v 4): Georgia v Belarus Semi-final 2 (2 v 3): North Macedonia v Kosovo
Path C A draw determined that Israel would go into Path C, while Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania joined Iceland in Path A.
A separate draw determined that the winners of semi-final 2 (Norway or Serbia) will play the final at home. The semi-finals are as follows:
Semi-final 1 (1 v 4): Scotland v Israel Semi-final 2 (2 v 3): Norway v Serbia
Path B A draw determined that the winners of semi-final 1 (Bosnia and Herzegovina or Northern Ireland) will play the final at home. The semi-finals are as follows:
Semi-final 1 (1 v 4): Bosnia and Herzegovina v Northern Ireland Semi-final 2 (2 v 3): Slovakia v Republic of Ireland
Path A A draw determined that the winners of semi-final 2 (Bulgaria or Hungary) will play the final at home. The semi-finals are as follows:
Semi-final 1 (1 v 4): Iceland v Romania Semi-final 2 (2 v 3): Bulgaria v Hungary
The three remaining teams from League C - Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania - were allocated to Path A to complete the semi-final pairings in the order of their ranking:
Best-ranked team to play at home in semi-final 2. Next best-ranked team to play away in semi-final 2. Next best-ranked team to play away in semi-final 1. Additional draw Denmark and Russia have both qualified for UEFA EURO 2020. As both are hosts (Copenhagen and Saint Petersburg) and paired together in Group B of the final tournament, a draw was held to determine that Denmark will play three group stage games at home; Russia will play two group stage matches at home.
Russia will be able to compete in Euro 2020 next summer even if a four-year ban from sporting events comes into effect.
Investigators from the World Anti-Doping Agency found inconsistencies in laboratory data obtained from the Russian anti-doping agency in January and WADA’s independent compliance review committee is recommending Russia be barred from hosting and competing in major international events for four years. However, the PA news agency understands next summer’s football European Championship – which Russia have qualified for and where St Petersburg will serve as one of 12 host cities – will not be affected even if WADA’s executive committee and the Court of Arbitration back the proposed sanctions. That is because the International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS) which sets out the rules on anti-doping breaches does not define UEFA as a ‘Major Event Organisation’.
The definition states that Major Event Organisations are “continental associations of National Olympic Committees and other international multisport organisations that function as the ruling body for any continental,
regional or other international event”.
Because UEFA is only concerned with a single sport, it is not covered.
Euro 2020 finals set for major rule change over use of temporary substitutions
Temporary substitutions for players suspected of concussion look set to be introduced for the Euro 2020 finals next summer.
The tournament - which is being held in several venues around Europe - could become the first major football competition to bring practices seen in rugby union and across other sports. The practice in rugby sees a player replaced by a substitute as they are assessed for signs of concussion, with that player then allowed to return to the pitch if he or she is given the all-clear by medics.
Football has long faced calls to deal with the way they handle players who are concussed or suspected of being concussed, with international players' union FiFPRO issuing a statement in support of the move last month. The International Football Association Board have set up a group to investigate the move, saying: "The panels agreed that any solutions would have to take account of both player welfare and the need to ensure sporting fairness."
The issue will be discussed at IFAB's Annual Business Meeting in Belfast next week, and then put to a vote at their AGM in Belfast on February 29 next year. Should the proposal pass, as seems likely, then it could come into effect on June 1 next year, 11 days before the Euros kick off. Last month Wales manager Ryan Giggs and winger Daniel James were criticised by a brain injury association after both confirmed that James had "faked" a concussion during the 1-1 draw with Croatia in a Euro 2020 qualifier to buy time in the game.
While in summer 2018, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp confirmed that his goalkeeper Loris Karius had suffered a concussion and played on in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev.