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The Laird

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  1. The Laird

    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Alternatively if 8 or more from League B qualify we will also get a play off. Either will do.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    We wont know until the fixtures are published but see below. The one month we cannot have a free date is June. Holland will have no fixtures in June as they are playing Nations League finals.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    I would say it is much more than an outside chance, the results from the traditional qualifiers just need to be "normal", I think Floreat posted on this earlier. Effectively to get a play off place we need one of two scenarios to happen, either 8 league B teams qualify directly OR 16 teams from league A and B qualify directly. Neither of those options would appear to be particularly unlikely. Still, probably best just to qualify directly and not have to worry about play offs.........
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Good shout. RTE2 from 10.45 although it will probably be nearer 12 before they actually get down to pulling balls out.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Yes would agree with all of that. Probably add Albania and Montenegro as OK from pot 4 with Czech and maybe even Wales from pot 2. Major avoids for me are Germany from 2, Hungary or Romania from 4, and apart from Moldova any of the former Eastern bloc teams in pot 5 could be difficult.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Serbia is definitely one of the 5 others. We will find out tonight which one of Bulgaria/Norway (could very well be both of those two) and Czechia/ Slovakia it is. Bit off topic but does anyone know how fierce is the Czechia/ Slovakia rivalry?
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    UEFA considering international leagues

    It is not quite that bad. The draw for final host is made before the semi finals, so only two potential final venues. Two teams know if they win they are at home, the other two know if they win they are away to the winner of the other semi. Still a ballix for half the participants.
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    Agree the friendlies are compulsory, however, while I stand ready to be corrected, I know of no rule which says they must be against UEFA opposition. Germany played Peru if my memory is correct. And there are 9 groups of 3 so there must always be at least one non UEFA team involved each set of games.
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    Central America tour

    I suspect that when you get your ticket and convert the local currency to GBP that you may change your mind on which FA is doing the milking........................
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    Central America tour

    Would love it more if we beat Panama who then go to Russia and...............
  11. The Laird

    Central America tour

    Talk to David at Portrush Travel. He is extremely knowledgeable and will be able to advise you on the options.
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    UEFA considering international leagues

    To be fair I initially read it exactly as you did (and I suspect most others apart from UEFA) and it was only following the examples that highlighted the difference.
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    UEFA considering international leagues

    I've read the document and think my assertion above is still valid. Page 16 of 89 Bottom up process D to A Group winners qualify for the playoffs Group winners already qualified are replaced by the next highest ranked. So my understanding is that League B say 2 Group winners are already qualified then they are replaced by the next 2 best sides not qualified. Then move to league A - say all 4 winners are through and only 1 non qualified team left. They get the next 3 best not already in playoffs B to D. Am I missing something? Above by Gary, I have messed up editing again! I think the text of page 16 is at odds with the examples they show. Have you followed any of their example scenarios through? They show the process in step by step detail and the next highest ranked do not "directly" replace the missing winners. I suppose UEFA mean the missing team is replaced in the play offs by the next highest but not necessarily in the specific slot? Anyway following their scenario 1 you would expect from the initial text that in C next best ranked Norway would replace already qualified Denmark in the one open slot. Similarly in B you expect Bosnia, Wales and Turkey to replace the 3 qualified teams. (notice that you and we are ranked 11 and 12 ). In effect they appear to select all the teams who make the play offs before filling the slots, resulting in their example with Albania (not Norway) in the C play offs and Wales, Turkey and NI (not Bosnia) in the B play offs. Scenario 1 starts about page 20, they have the final 16 teams determined by page 37 but it is around pages 40 to 43 before this draw for allocation becomes apparent. Same sort of thing happens in scenarios 2 and 3.
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    UEFA considering international leagues

    Near enough but not quite, there is a slightly unusual twist in that it is only the group B winners who automatically enter the B play offs. So say two of the best 4 not already qualified are group winners then the two who are not winners go into a play off but which one is not yet determined. In the example 1) above the next ranked two who you would have thought logically enter the A play offs join the first 2 and there is a draw to see which two of the non group winners go into the A play offs and which the B play offs. Group winners are protected in that they cannot play a team from a higher league. If all 12 As qualify the slots are filled from below, in the UEFA example it ended up 2 from B and 2 from C. Almost all the possibilities are covered here if you can wade your through it! https://uefa.app.box.com/v/UNL/file/226762295443
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    UEFA considering international leagues

    Just an update here. Northern Ireland are in League B as expected. the Republic have also qualified for League B. My understanding of the draw is that the 12 teams in League B will be seeded based on this month's UEFA ranking. So 3 pots of 4 countries. NI are currently 20th in the UEFA rankings but will drop to 21st if Bosnia win or draw with Estonia tonight. The Republic will most likely finish in 19th. Thus if Bosnia win or draw there is a 1 in 4 chance of NI & RoI being in the same Nations League group next Autumn. If Bosnia lose then we cannot meet. Above from Gary, messed up trying to edit a typo Yes, Bosnia overtake and we are in pot 3. Pot 1 Austria Wales Russia Slovakia Pot 2 Sweden Ukraine RoI Bosnia 25% chance of RoI 50% chance of either one of Russia and Ukraine as they are kept apart. Finishing 1st or 2nd gets seeding pot 2 for the EURO2020 qualifying draw. 1st promoted to League A, 3rd relegated to League B. Finishing position also determines the play off ranking for those teams who do not qualify for the EUROs.
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