With the draw for the Euro 2024 qualifiers soon upon us, teams will be getting ready to battle for their place at the major tournament in Germany.
(This article was originally published on 04.10.2022)
All sides, apart from the hosts, must earn their place at the European Championships and the size of the task ahead will be made clearer after the upcoming qualifying draw.
The Euro 2024 qualifiers draw takes place on Sunday 9th October 2022 at 11:00 BST. The draw itself will take place at Festhalle exhibition centre in Frankfurt, Germany.
A live stream of the draw will be broadcast on the official UEFA website.
With Germany already qualified as hosts, 53 other nations will participate in qualifying in the hope of reaching Euro 2024.
Those 54 teams have been handed seeds based on their overall rankings in the UEFA Nations League 2022/23.
For the draw on 9th October, England, Scotland and Wales all find themselves in Pot 2, with the Republic of Ireland in Pot 3 and Northern Ireland in Pot 5.
The four Nations League finalists which include Croatia, Italy, Netherlands and Spain will be drawn from the so-called 'UNL' Pot.
The draw will create 10 qualifying groups, with seven of them containing five teams (Groups A-G) and the other three (Groups H-J) holding six sides.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Republic of Ireland
The first round of qualifiers will take place between the 23rd and 25th March 2023, with the final round of fixtures between 19th and 21st November 2023.
The play-off semi-finals will take place on 21st March 2024, with the play-off finals on 26th March 2024.
The 10 group winners and 10 runners-up will directly qualify for Euro 2024. There will be three remaining spots that will be determined by those nations successful via the play-off games in March 2024.
Euro 2024 will kick-off on 14th June, with Germany set to play the opening game of the tournament at the home of Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
The final of the tournament will take place at the iconic Olympiastadion in Berlin on 14th July.
Overall there will be 10 different venues used across the tournament, with the cities of Berlin, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Munich, Cologne, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Leipzig, Frankfurt and Gelsenkirchen all hosting games.
The Olympiastadion in Berlin is the stadium with the largest capacity at 74,461, followed by the Allianz Arena in Munich (70,076) and Borussia Dortmund's Westfalenstadion (65,849).
Despite a disappointing campaign in the Nations League this season, hosts Germany are the 5/1 favourites to win the next European Championships on home soil.
England have likewise endured a Nations League to forget but Gareth Southgate's Three Lions are 6/1 to win the tournament for the first time in their history after finishing runners-up at Euro 2020.
The 1984 and 2000 European Championship winners France are 6/1 to lift the trophy for a third time, while three-time winners Spain are 15/2 to be crowned champions once again.
Reigning European champions Italy can be found at 8/1 to retain the title they won in 2021 with a victory over England in a penalty shootout in the final at Wembley.
There are a number of dark horses going into the competition, should they also qualify, with Belgium at 10/1 and a resurgent Netherlands side at 12/1.