UEFA's Respect Fair Play rankings, based on all UEFA competition matches played at club and national team levels between 1 May 2010 and 30 April 2011, are currently headed by Norway.
Taking into account matches up until 31 December 2010, frontrunners Norway, second-placed England and third-placed Sweden lead the race for the three additional slots in the first qualifying round of the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League.
These intermediate rankings only take into consideration national football associations that have played a minimum of 27 games. The cut-off point has been calculated by dividing the total number of UEFA matches by the number of UEFA member associations.
As defined in UEFA's club competition regulations, three places in the UEFA Europa League automatically go to the three best-placed national associations in the Respect Fair Play rankings, provided they attained an average of 8.0 points or more.
The Respect Fair Play assessments are made by the official UEFA match delegates, based on criteria such as positive play, respect for the opposition, respect for the referee, behaviour of the crowd and of team officials, as well as cautions and dismissals.
The three associations allocated an additional place in the first qualifying round of the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League will be entitled to enter the club that won their domestic top-division fair play competition.
If this club have already qualified for European competition, the second-placed team in the domestic fair play competition may be entered, and so forth. It is even possible for a side relegated to the second division to qualify for the UEFA Europa League as a result of exemplary conduct during the domestic championship.
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