UEFA’s Executive Committee met today in Hvar, Croatia and approved the procedure for the upcoming UEFA EURO 2024 qualifier draw, which takes place in Frankfurt on 9 October at 12:00 CET.
The qualification procedure can be summarized as follows:
• Germany, the organizing team of UEFA EURO 2024, automatically qualifies for the final tournament and therefore does not participate in the qualifying draw.
• All Russian teams are currently suspended following the decision of the UEFA Executive Committee of February 28, 2022, which was further confirmed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on July 15, 2022. Russia is therefore not part of the UEFA European Championship football 2022-24 qualifying draw.
• 53 National Associations will participate in the qualifying draw, which will divide the participants into ten groups – seven groups of five teams and three groups of six teams.
• The ten group winners and the ten group winners qualify for the final tournament. The remaining three places will be determined through the play-offs to be played in March 2024.
• The 53 participating teams are ranked according to the overall ranking of the UEFA Nations League 2022/23 and divided into seven pots.
2022/23 U-19 Futsal Championship
Poreč, Croatia, has been appointed as the host venue for the final tournament of the 2022/23 Under-19 Futsal EURO.
Football in Schools festival
Earlier in the day, the executive committee attended a football in schools grassroots festival where more than 80 girls and boys played on mini-fields alongside football legends and UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin.
Launched in 2020, the Football in Schools initiative aims to see more than 2.8 million children and more than 81,000 schools participate by 2024. After two years of the program, approximately 2.4 million children from 44,000 schools are already participating. It’s equally impressive that more than 100,000 educators have already been trained to provide football training, easily surpassing the initial target of 63,000.
Over the four-year period, approximately €24 million will be invested in developing and promoting life skills such as fair play, respect, teamwork and leadership through school football.