European Championship 2024 Qualifying
The qualifying stage for the 2024 European Championship starts in March with 53 teams battling to join hosts Germany in the final tournament.
Germany are among the favourites with the bookmakers to lift the prestigious trophy along with France, England and Spain.
Reigning champions Italy will be eager to defend the title, particularly after missing out on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Read on as we look at the qualifying process for Euro 2024 and pinpoint the key dates you need to know.
Euro 2024 Qualifying Format
The Euro 2024 draw placed the teams into ten groups of five or six. The group stage is played as a home and away round-robin, with the top two in each section progressing to the final tournament.
The remaining three teams will be decided via the play-offs, which will feature 12 teams selected based on their performance in the 2022/23 Nations League.
- Group A: Spain, Scotland, Norway, Georgia, Cyprus.
- Group B: Netherlands, France, Republic of Ireland, Greece, Gibraltar.
- Group C: Italy, England, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Malta.
- Group D: Croatia, Wales, Armenia, Turkey, Latvia.
- Group E: Poland, Czechia, Albania, Faroe Islands, Moldova.
- Group F: Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Azerbaijan, Estonia.
- Group G: Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Lithuania.
- Group H: Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Kazakhstan, Northern Ireland, San Marino.
- Group I: Switzerland, Israel, Romania, Kosovo, Belarus, Andorra.
- Group J: Portugal, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iceland, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Liechtenstein.
Euro 2024 Key Dates
Qualifying – Group Stage
There are ten matchdays in the group stage running from March to November 2023. These are as follows:
- Matchday 1 – March 23-25.
- Matchday 2 – March 26-28.
- Matchday 3 – June 16-17.
- Matchday 4 – June 19-20.
- Matchday 5 – September 7-9.
- Matchday 6 – September 10-12.
- Matchday 7 – October 12-14.
- Matchday 8 – October 15-17.
- Matchday 9 – November 16-18.
- Matchday 10 – November 19-21.
Qualifying – Play-offs
The play-offs take place in March 2024 on the following dates:
- Play-off semi-finals – March 21.
- Play-off finals – March 26.
The 2024 European Championships start on June 24, 2024, and run until July 24, 2024.
Euro 2024 Qualifying Live Streaming
All European Championship qualifying games are broadcast on live streaming platforms – all you need is a suitable device and a stable Wi-Fi connection to watch the action.
England’s matches will be available via Channel 4 and the All 4 app, while Premier Sports have also acquired live rights to screen qualifying matches.
Keep an eye on our live football streams page for all the latest information about where you can watch Euro 2024 qualifiers.
Euro 2024 Qualifying Preview
Here’s a quick look at each of the Euro 2024 qualifying groups.
Group A – Spain, Scotland, Norway, Georgia, Cyprus
Spain won the European Championships in 2008 and 2012 but have failed to live up to expectations at several major tournaments since then.
However, Luis de la Fuente’s side should have little difficulty claiming top spot in Group A ahead of Norway and Scotland.
Group B – Netherlands, France, Republic of Ireland, Greece, Gibraltar
This group should see France and the Netherlands qualify with ease, with the other three teams unlikely to finish anywhere near them.
France came close to retaining the World Cup title in Qatar and their squad depth should be enough to see them finish ahead of the Dutch.
Group C – Italy, England, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Malta
England are favourites to win the group, but it would be no surprise to see them come up short in a potentially tricky section.
Italy are on a recovery mission after failing to qualify for the World Cup, while Ukraine and North Macedonia have the potential to cause upsets.
Group D – Croatia, Wales, Armenia, Turkey, Latvia
Croatia should win Group D at a canter, but who will qualify alongside them is anyone’s guess given the teams are so well-matched.
Wales have plenty of talented youngsters at their disposal, but the value bet could be Turkey who were unfortunate not to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.
Group E – Poland, Czech Republic, Albania, Faroe Islands, Moldova
Poland and Czech Republic should breeze through this group with ease, with the former marginally fancied to claim top spot.
Albania will likely be the best of the rest, while the Faroe Islands and Moldova look set to endure yet another miserable qualifying campaign.
Group F – Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Azerbaijan, Estonia
This is one of the more competitive qualifying groups and may well produce a surprise outcome when all the games are completed.
Belgium were poor at the recent World Cup in Qatar and could have their work cut out against Sweden and Austria.
Group G – Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Lithuania
While Serbia should progress to Euro 2024, Hungary are fancied to pip them to top spot following their impressive Nations League campaign.
The other three teams are capable of picking up points at home but are unlikely to trouble the top sides in the group.
Group H – Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Kazakhstan, Northern Ireland, San Marino
Denmark flopped at the World Cup, but they should gain compensation here by easily finishing top of Group H.
Finland and Slovenia should be battling to finish second, while Northern Ireland could be troublesome if they find some form.
Group I – Switzerland, Israel, Romania, Kosovo, Belarus, Andorra
Switzerland are generally strong during qualifying and should have no trouble sweeping aside a group packed with poor teams.
Israel finished above Austria in World Cup qualifying and could be set to qualify for their first-ever European Championships.
Group J – Portugal, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iceland, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Liechtenstein
Portugal are strongly fancied to win Group J, while Bosnia & Herzegovina are the bookmakers’ pick to qualify alongside them.
However, we have a sneaky suspicion that Slovakia could progress to the finals for the third consecutive time.
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