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Competition information: Group stage ranking

The teams ranked first and second in each group at the conclusion of the group stage of the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship Thailand 2004 will advance directly to the knockout quarter-final round along with the two best third place teams from the three groups.

The final group stage matches will be played simultaneously in order to ensure a sporting conclusion to the group stage.

The ranking of each team in each group shall be determined as follows:

a) greater number of points obtained in all group matches; b) goal difference in all group matches; c) greater 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 shall be determined as follows:

d) greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned; e) goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned; f) greater number of goals scored in all the group matches between the teams concerned; g) Fair Play point system in which the number of yellow and red cards are evaluated; h) drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.

The two best teams among those coming third shall be determined as follows:

a) greater number of points obtained in all the group matches; b) goal difference resulting from all the group matches; c) greater number of goals scored in all the group matches; d) drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.

As per the competition regulations (cf. Art 30, par. 5g), the Fair Play point system’s calculation for the group standings is not the same as in the Fair Play Contest – the group stage calculation takes only the yellow and red cards received during the matches into consideration. The point calculation is as follows:

a) a player’s first yellow card: minus 1 point; b) a player’s second yellow/indirect red card: a total of minus 3 points; c) direct red card: minus 3 points; d) yellow card & direct red card: a total of minus 4 points.

FIFA Communications Division Bangkok, 15 November 2004 Media Release N°09