The Euro 2024 Qualifying Group Stage concluded on Tuesday, with all eyes now on the play-offs for the teams who failed to finish in the top two in their sections.
Some teams were already assured of a play-off place due to their 2022/23 Nations League performances, while others finished third in their respective groups, with three remaining places up for grabs when the final qualifying stage begins.
There are three play-off paths, with one nation from each assured a place at the finals next summer.
The four best-ranked sides from each of the Nations League groups A, B and C in the group stage, who did not achieve automatic qualification, go into the play-offs.
This means teams should only play teams of a similar level to themselves as the draws are based on Nations League ranking, to give a fairer playing field to smaller sides.
Although that has not quite worked out as only two teams from League A needed a play-off - Poland and Wales.
This means that Estonia, the best-ranked winner of a Nations League D group, have been promoted to path A to fill one spot, while a draw that took place on November 23rd decided randomly that Finland - one of the best-ranked sides in League B alongside Ukraine and Iceland - would go into Path A as well.
The ranking system is based predominantly on Nations League performance, which is the explanation as to why Estonia were picked ahead of fellow League D winners Latvia for the play-offs, despite taking two fewer points in their group stage games.
With four teams now in each path, a one-legged semi-final will be followed by a final in each section, meaning one side Paths A, B and C will all progress.
The semi-finals are set to take place on the 21st March 2024 with just a five-day turnaround before the final of each path on 26th March 2024.
Euro 2024 Play-off matches are likely to be played at 19:45 GMT.
As the best performing sides in their respective sections, Wales, Poland, Bosnia, Israel, Georgia and Greece will all play host in the semi-finals.
The home team for the finals were picked via a random draw on November 23rd, where it was decided that the winners of Wales v Finland, Bosnia vs Ukraine and Georgia vs Luxembourg would host the finals of their respective paths.
A mixture of broadcasters will show the matches, with Viaplay and Sky most likely to showcase the ties with S4C and BBC set to provide coverage for Wales’ fixture.
Poland: The Eagles finished third in Group E, somewhat disappointingly behind Albania and Czech Republic.
Wales: The Dragons needed a miracle to qualify from Group D on the final matchday, but could only manage a 1-1 draw with Turkey, so had to settle for third and a play-off place.
Estonia: Despite only taking one point in the group stage, Estonia achieved a play-off place through a combination of their Nations League performance and a need for an extra team in Path A.
Finland: The Finns finished third in Group H which secured their play-off spot. However, due to too many sides from League A qualifying automatically, Finland were promoted to path A for the play-offs via a random draw.
Israel: The Skyblue and Whites finished third in Group I, behind shock section-winners Romania and Switzerland.
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Savo Milošević’s side could only manage fifth in Group J, but secured a place in Path B due to winning Nations League Group B3 earlier in the year..
Iceland: The stars of the 2016 Euros have underperformed since, but still managed to secure a play-off place after finishing second in their Nations League group, despite not winning a match.
Ukraine: Despite playing their home matches at neutral venues, Ukraine only missed out on automatic qualification on their head-to-head record with Italy. They were drawn to remain in Path B, alongside Iceland, as Finland were promoted to Path A.
Georgia: The side led by star player Khvicha Kvaratskhelia finished fourth in Group A, but qualified having won their Nations League group while going unbeaten.
Luxembourg: The small nation were close to securing automatic qualification, but just missed out, meaning they head into the play-offs after finishing second in their Nations League group to Turkey, who have already qualified for the finals.
Greece: Gus Poyet’s side held their own in a group with France and the Netherlands, finishing a respectable third.
Kazakhstan: The small nation were in with a chance of automatic qualification until the final two games, which was a great achievement, and they will be hoping to carry that momentum into the play-offs, in which their place was guaranteed following their Nations League Group C3 win.
21st March: Semi-finals
Poland vs Estonia
Wales vs Finland
21st March: Semi-finals
Israel vs Iceland
Bosnia vs Ukraine
21st March: Semi-finals
Georgia vs Luxembourg
Greece vs Kazakhstan