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.
Canada, Ghana and New Zealand have already confirmed their places in the quarter-finals.
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:
- greatest number of points obtained in all group matches;
- goal difference in all group matches;
- 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:
- greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
- goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
- greatest number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned;
- 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:
- First yellow card: minus 1 point
- Second yellow card/indirect red card: minus 3 points
- Direct red card: minus 4 points
- 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
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.
|1. Ghana - Qualified||2||2||0||0||8||1||-1||6|
|2. New Zealand - Qualified||2||2||0||0||3||1||-3||6|
R: Rank, MP: Matches played, W: Wins, D: Draws, L: Losses, GF: Goals for, GA: Goals against, FPP: Fair play points, PTS: Points
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.
|4. South Africa||2||0||1||1||0||6||-2||1|
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.
|2. Korea DPR||2||1||0||1||4||4||-1||3|
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.
|1. Canada - Qualified||2||2||0||0||5||0||-8||6|
|4. Korea Republic||2||0||0||2||0||6||-4||0|
***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.