⦁ The team which wins a match receives 3 points.
⦁ The team which loses a match receives no points.
⦁ The team which draws a match receives 1 point.
⦁ The top two teams in each group automatically qualify for the knockout stages.
⦁ In the 6 groups, the 3rd placed teams are judged and the best four will also join the rest in the knock-out stages.
Note: If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following tie-breaking measures are applied:
- A higher number of points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question;
- Superior goal difference resulting from the matches played between the teams in question;
- A higher number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question;
- If, after having applied criteria 1 to 3, teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 3 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the teams who are still level to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 5 to 10 apply;
- Superior goal difference in all group matches;
- A higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
- A higher number of wins in all group matches;
- If on the last round of the group stage, two teams are facing each other and each has the same number of points, as well as the same number of goals scored and conceded, and the score finishes level in their match, their ranking is determined by a penalty shoot-out. (This criterion is not used if more than two teams have the same number of points.);
- Lower disciplinary points total in all group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card);
- A higher position in the European Qualifiers’ overall ranking.