Euro 2024: When and where is it being held, plus qualifying groups and fixtures

Harry Kane in England kit - Euro 2024: When and where is it being held, plus qualifying groups and fixtures
Harry Kane's England team do not look like they will struggle to qualify for next year's tournament - GETTY IMAGES

Qualifying for Euro 2024 is under way.

England have made an excellent start in group C; they beat Italy in Naples and Ukraine at home, then smashed Malta away and hammered North Macedonia at Old Trafford. When qualification resumed in September, however, a lacklustre draw in the return match with Ukraine put a fly in the ointment, even if they are still top of the group.

Scotland enjoyed a sensational start in group A, beating Spain 2-0 in Glasgow in one of the greatest nights the Tartan Army have enjoyed for many a year. They have also beaten Cyprus home and away, Norway and Georgia to make it five wins from five, leaving them top of the group.

Wales are struggling in group D. They drew with Croatia, beat Latvia, but lost heavily to Armenia at home and were well beaten away in Turkey. They did, however, beat Latvia again in the first of the return fixtures. With three return fixtures still to play, they sit second bottom in the standings.

Northern Ireland have beaten San Marino but dispiriting defeats against Finland, Denmark and Kazakhstan underlined the size of their task in group H. So far the return fixtures haven’t gone to plan either, with defeats to Slovenia and Kazakhstan.

The Republic of Ireland were handed the hardest challenge of all, with the Netherlands, France, Greece and Gibraltar also in group B. In their five matches so far, Stephen Kenny’s team have only beaten Gibraltar.

How does qualifying work for Euro 2024?

Germany have qualified automatically for the tournament as hosts and Russia are banned from qualifying following their invasion of Ukraine, leaving 23 other qualifying spots available to play for.

The 53 remaining Uefa members have been divided into ten groups, with seven groups containing five teams and three containing six teams. The winners and runners-up from each group qualify for the tournament.

The three remaining teams will be decided through the play-offs. The 12 teams involved in the play-offs are selected based on their performances in the Nations League. The teams will then play in a semi-final and final for a place in the tournament.

When is the Euro 2024 qualifying schedule?

The first five matchdays are over. The sixth matchday finishes tomorrow. The next rounds of fixtures are as follows

  • Matchday 7 - October 12-4

  • Matchday 8 - October 15-17

  • Matchday 9 - November 16-18

  • Matchday 10 - November 19-21

The play-off semi-finals will be on March 21, 2024 and the finals will be on March 26, 2024.

When is Euro 2024?

The tournament is scheduled to take place from June 14 to July 14, 2024.

  • Opening game: June 14, 2024

  • Round of 16 starts: June 29

  • Quarter-finals start: July 5

  • Semi-finals start: July 9

  • Final: July 14

Who will host Euro 2024?

Euro 2024 will be held in Germany, who fended off a bid from Turkey. This is the first time that the country has hosted the tournament since unification. West Germany hosted the tournament in 1988 and four matches of Euro 2020 were played in Munich. It will be the first time that any Euros matches have been held in the former East Germany, with Leipzig as a host city.

The matches will be played across 10 cities: Berlin, Munich, Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Cologne and Leipzig.

Jorginho celebrates after he scores the winning penalty during the shoot-out at Euro 2020 Semi Final Italy v Spain
Italy, who won Euro 2020, did not qualify for the Qatar World Cup 2022 - Reuters/Carl Recine

Euro 2024 Qualifying groups

Group A: Cyprus, Georgia, Norway, Scotland, Spain
Group B: France, Gibraltar, Greece, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland
Group C: England, Italy, Malta, North Macedonia, Ukraine
Group D: Armenia, Croatia, Latvia, Turkey, Wales
Group E: Albania, Czechia, Faroe Islands, Moldova, Poland
Group F: Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Estonia, Sweden
Group G: Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Montenegro, Serbia
Group H: Denmark, Finland, Kazakhstan, Northern Ireland, San Marino, Slovenia
Group I: Andorra, Belarus, Israel, Romania, Switzerland
Group J: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovakia

Will the UK and Ireland host Euro 2028?

The football associations of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland have announced a joint bid to host Euro 2028 on February 7, 2022.

The Turkish football federation confirmed that it had submitted a bid to host the tournament on March 23, 2022. They have also declared their interest in hosting Euro 2032.

Russia had also announced a bid to host the 2028 or 2032 editions of the tournament despite the Uefa ban on Russian clubs and the Russian national team due to the invasion of Ukraine. Both bids were ruled ineligible by Uefa.

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