The top two teams would qualify directly for the finals. The third-placed team would qualify directly too if they had the best records among the third-placed teams of all qualifying groups, otherwise they would enter the play-offs for another chance to qualify.
A player is automatically suspended for the next match for the following offences:
Receiving a red card (red card suspensions may be extended for serious offences)
Receiving three yellow cards in three different matches, as well as after fifth and any subsequent yellow card (yellow card suspensions are carried forward to the play-offs, but not the finals or any other future international matches)
The following suspensions were (or will be) served during the qualifying matches:
^CET (UTC+1) for matches on 15 November 2014 and 27 March 2015, and CEST (UTC+2) for all other matches.
^The Montenegro v Russia match was awarded as a 3–0 win to Russia after it was abandoned in the 67th minute due to crowd violence and a scuffle between players. The score was 0–0 and Russia missed a penalty moments before the match was abandoned. This was the second delay of the match as in the first minute Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was hit by a flare thrown from the crowd and stretchered off, causing a 33-minute delay. Montenegro also had to play their next home qualifying game behind closed doors, and the Montenegrin and Russian FAs were fined €50,000 and €25,000 respectively.