Tie-breakers for Uruguay 2018 groups

As we head into the final matchday of the group stage at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018, there are still five quarter-final places up for grabs.

What happens if two teams finish level on points in the same group? How are the final standings determined? FIFA.com answers all of these questions and more below.

Who's in?

Canada, Ghana and New Zealand have already confirmed their places in the quarter-finals.

Who's out?

Finland, Korea Republic and Uruguay have been eliminated from qualifying for the last-eight.

Ranking of each team in each group is determined as follows:

  1. greatest number of points obtained in all group matches;

  2. goal difference in all group matches;

  3. greatest number of goals scored in all group matches

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings will be determined as follows:

  1. greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;

  2. goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;

  3. greatest number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned;

  4. greatest number of points obtained in the fair play conduct of the teams based on yellow and red cards received in all group matches as follows:

  5. First yellow card: minus 1 point

  6. Second yellow card/indirect red card: minus 3 points

  7. Direct red card: minus 4 points

  8. Yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points

Only one of the above deductions shall be applied to a player in a single match

If the teams concerned are still equal on the basis above, then there will be a drawing of lots by FIFA.***

Here's how things stand in each group

Group A

This is the only group where the top two teams that will be advancing have already been determined. The top-two finishers Ghana and New Zealand play each other next to determine their placement heading into the quarter-finals.

MPWDLGFGAFPPPTS
1. Ghana - Qualified220081-16
2. New Zealand - Qualified220031-36
3. Finland200214-10
4. Uruguay200217-10

R: Rank, MP: Matches played, W: Wins, D: Draws, L: Losses, GF: Goals for, GA: Goals against, FPP: Fair play points, PTS: Points

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY - NOVEMBER 16: Mavis Owusu and Millot Pokuaa of Ghana celebrate victory the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 group A match between Finland and Ghana at Estadio Charrua on November 16, 2018 in Montevideo, Uruguay. (Photo by Hector Vivas - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Group B

It's all to play for in this group with Japan taking on Mexico and South Africa facing Brazil on the final matchday on Tuesday 20 November. A draw between Japan and Mexico would see both sides advance to the quarter-finals.

MPWDLGFGAFPPPTS
1. Japan211060-14
2. Mexico211010-44
3. Brazil201101-11
4. South Africa201106-21
MALDONADO, URUGUAY - NOVEMBER 16:  Haruka Osawa #12 of Japan celebrates a goal wagainst South Africa during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 group B match between Japan and South Africa at Estadio Domingo Burgueno Miguel on November 16, 2018 in Maldonado, Uruguay.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Group C

This group is wide open heading into the final matchday on Wednesday 21 November, with all teams level on three points. Germany will take on USA in Montevideo, while Cameroon will face Korea DPR in Colonia Del Sacramento with the matches kicking off simultaneously.

MPWDLGFGAFPPPTS
1. Germany21014203
2. Korea DPR210144-13
3. USA210133-13
4. Cameroon210113-123
COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO, URUGUAY - NOVEMBER 17: Players of Germany huddle up prior the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 group C match between Germany and Cameroon at Estadio Profesor Alberto Suppici on November 17, 2018 in Colonia, Uruguay. (Photo by Buda Mendes - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Group D

Canada are the only team so far qualified for the quarter-finals here, with Spain in the driver's seat to take second place. Colombia will need a big result against Korea Republic if they are going to qualify. Their fate will also be determined by what happens in the match between Spain and Canada. A draw between Spain and Canada would see them both into the quarter-finals.

MPWDLGFGAFPPPTS
1. Canada - Qualified220050-86
2. Spain211051-14
3. Colombia201114-31
4. Korea Republic200206-40
MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY - NOVEMBER 17: Canada celebrates after during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 group D match between Korea Republic and Canada at Estadio Charrua on November 17, 2018 in Montevideo, Uruguay. (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

***If required, the drawing of lots for Group B will take place on Tuesday 20 November at the press conference room at the Estadio Domingo Burgueno Miguel in Maldonado one hour after the second match concludes at the stadium. The drawing of lots for Groups C and D will take place on Wednesday 21 November at the press conference room at the Estadio Charrua in Montevideo one hour after the second match concludes. Balls with the names of each team involved in the draw will be placed in a bowl. The first ball that the match commissioner selects from the bowl will be the qualified team.

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