Euro 2020: What happens if teams are tied? Extra time, penalties, and subs rules

England Euro 2020 final team

England and Italy are tied 1-1 in the Euro 2020 final, so what happens now? (Picture: UEFA)

Fans are at the edge of their seats as England and Italy are currently tied 1-1 in the Euro 2020 final.

In fact, half the matches of the Euro 2020 Round of 16 ended in ties after regulation, as did one of the quarterfinals and a semifinal match.

So happens now that the teams are tied – how is a winner determined?

Here are all the rules on extra time, penalty kicks, and substitution rules.

What happens if teams are tied in Euro 2020?

The official tournament rules for the European Championship outline what happens after those 90 minutes of regulation in the case the score is still tied.

Leonardo Bonucci of Italy celebrates with Giorgio Chiellini and Giovanni Di Lorenzo Euro 2020

There are two steps that can be taken in the event of a tie (Picture: CLAUDIO VILLA)

The two steps are as follows:

Extra time

If there is no winner at the end of normal playing time in the play-offs then two 15-minute periods of extra time are played.

If extra time is required, there is a five-minute break between the end of normal time and the start of extra time.

As a rule, the players remain on the field of play during this five-minute break, at the discretion of the referee.

Six of the 15 all-time European Championship finals have been decided in extra time.


If there is no clear winner at the end of extra time, then kicks from the penalty mark are taken.

The referee decides which goal will be used for the kicks.

The only time the Euro final has ended in a penalty-kick shootout is when Czechoslovakia won against West Germany in 1976.

Red Arrows planes fly past ahead of Euro 2020 final in Wembley

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What are the extra time substitution rules?

Each team is permitted five substitutions in every match of the competition and a sixth substitution to be used exclusively during extra time.

What happened in the Euro 2016 final?

There was a tie at the 90 minute mark in the last Euro final, and so they went into extra time.

The Euro 2016 final between Portugal and France was decided by a 109th-minute extra-time goal by Portugal’s Eder.

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