Euro 2024 draw: What time is it and which teams could England face?

Euro 2024 draw: What time is it and which teams could England face?
Euro 2024 draw: What time is it and which teams could England face?

England suffered a frustrating conclusion to their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign as they were held to a scrappy 1-1 draw by North Macedonia but sealed a top seeding for next year’s finals.

Croatia became the 20th and final team to qualify automatically for Euro 2024 as Ante Budimir’s goal earned them a 1-0 win over Armenia. Germany were guaranteed a place as hosts, so three teams will qualify via the play-offs to make up the final 24 nations.

Wales are one of those teams in the play-offs after their automatic qualifying hopes were dashed following a 1-1 draw with Turkey in their final Group D game.

Italy earned some redemption by qualifying for next year’s European Championship, while Slovenia and the Czech Republic also secured their spots.

Italy needed just a point against Ukraine to claim second spot in Group C, and they managed a 0-0 draw in Germany but were extremely fortunate not to concede a late penalty.

After the Azzurri missed out on the 2018 World Cup, they went on to win Euro 2020, beating England on penalties in the final at Wembley. Ukraine will have to qualify through the play-offs.

When is the draw?

The draw will be made in Hamburg on December 2, in a ceremony that begins at 6pm local time (5pm UK time).

How can I watch the draw on TV?

The draw will be streamed live on and on YouTube.

Which teams have qualified and what are the pots?

Pot one: Germany, Portugal, France, Spain, Belgium, England
Pot two: Hungary, Turkey, Romania, Denmark, Albania, Austria
Pot three: Netherlands, Scotland, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic
Pot four: Italy, Serbia, Switzerland, Play-off Winner A, Play-off Winner B, Play-off Winner C

Who could England face?

Hardest draw: England, Denmark, Netherlands, Italy
Softest draw: England, Albania, Slovenia, Serbia

What is the draw for the play-offs?

Three teams qualify via the play-offs, one from each ‘path’ after two single-leg ties. Wales will need to navigate their way past Finland and then either Poland or Estonia.

Path A
Poland vs Estonia 
Wales vs Finland

Path B
Israel vs Iceland 
Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Ukraine

Path C
Georgia vs Luxembourg
Greece vs Kazakhstan

How does the draw work?

The 24 qualifying teams are divided into four pots, according to their performances in qualifying. The best six teams – including Germany as hosts – will be in pot 1, the next six in pot 2, then pot 3 and pot 4.

Of the six teams in each pot, one will be drawn in each of the six Euro 2024 groups, with Germany already guaranteed their position as the first side in Group A. Each group will therefore contain one top-ranked team, one second-ranked team, one third-ranked team and one fourth-ranked team.

In addition, each team will be randomly allocated a starting position in each group. This is for administrative reasons, so that teams and organisers know which teams are appearing in which locations on which day.

There are five matches that Uefa has prohibited from taking place in the group stage of the tournament, should both teams happen to qualify. They are:

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina/Kosovo

  • Serbia/Kosovo

  • Ukraine/Belarus

  • Azerbaijan/Armenia

  • Spain/Gibraltar

What is the tournament format?

The top two teams from each group of four will qualify for the round of 16, along with the four best third-place teams.

Euro 2024 starts on June 14, with the group stage running until June 26. The knockouts run from June 29, with the final being played on July 14 in Berlin.

Who are the favourites to win Euro 2024?

  • England 4/1

  • France 7/2

  • Germany 6/1

  • Spain 7/1

  • Portugal 8/1

  • Italy, Belgium 14/1

  • Netherlands 16/1

  • Croatia, Denmark 33/1

Odds correct on November 28

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