The qualifying draw for EURO 2020 takes place in Dublin this Sunday from 12:00 CET. The teams will be split into five groups of five and five groups of six. From the pots, the format and more, DFB.de gives you everything you need to know.
The DFB delegation heading to Dublin will be headed by association president Reinhard Grindel, who is also the UEFA vice president and member of the UEFA executive committee. He will be joined by general secretary Dr. Friedrich Curtius, Germany head coach Joachim Löw and national-teams and academy coordinator Oliver Bierhoff.
“We obviously hoped to be in a different position for the draw, but we have to deal with what comes our way,” said Löw. “The two overriding aims for 2019 are clear: firstly, to introduce young players to the senior team, as well as to give them more responsibility. We want to gradually give the national team a different look. It’s a process that requires patience, as we have to give the young players time to mature. However, we also know that we need to get results so that we secure direct qualification for EURO 2020.”
There are a total of seven pots, divided as follows:
UEFA Nations League pot (4): Switzerland*, Portugal*, Netherlands*, England*
Pot 1 (6): Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Poland
Pot 2 (10): Germany, Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina*, Ukraine*, Denmark*, Sweden*, Russia, Austria, Wales, Czech Republic
Pot 3 (10): Slovakia, Turkey, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland*, Norway*, Serbia*, Finland*, Bulgaria, Israel
Pot 4 (10): Hungary, Romania, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Cyprus, Estonia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Georgia*
Pot 5 (10): FYR Macedonia*, Kosovo*, Belarus*, Luxembourg, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Gibraltar, Faroe Islands
Pot 6 (5): Latvia, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Malta, San Marino
*Already ensured at least a play-off place after winning UEFA Nations League group
The pots are based on the overall rankings from the UEFA Nations League.
The four teams in the UEFA Nations League pot will be drawn into first position in Groups A to D. The teams in Pot 1 will then be drawn into first position in Groups E to J. The teams in Pot 2 will be drawn into second positions in the ten groups, with the draw continuing in similar style for Pots 3, 4 and 5 to fill positions 3, 4 and 5 respectively. The teams in Pot 6 will be drawn into sixth position in the six-team Groups F to J.
Yes, pertaining to four criteria:
1) Host nations: A maximum of two hosts can be placed into one group.
2) Prohibited team clashes: The following pairs of countries cannot be drawn together in the same group: Gibraltar/Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina/Kosovo and Kosovo/Serbia.
3) Winter venus: A number of countries have been identified as venues with high or medium risk of severe winter conditions. In order to minimise the risks of matches being negatively affected or even not being completed or played, a maximum of two of the following countries can be drawn into the same group: Belarus, Estonia, Fore Islands, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Russia, Ukraine.
4) Excessive travel: In order to minimise teams' travel burden, further restrictions are applied to groups that contain Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Iceland.
No, all twelve host nations have to go through qualification.
24 nations will compete at EURO 2020, with 20 teams securing their place via the ten qualifying groups (winners and runners-up). The four final spots will be determined via the UEFA Nations League play-offs, which take place in March 2020.
To mark the 60-year anniversary of the tournament, the European Championship finals will be held across the continent in twelve different host cities.
The final and the two semi-finals will take place at the Wembley Stadium in London. The Allianz Arena in Munich is the only German venue, and will host three group games and a quarterfinal. The ten other host cities are Baku (Azerbaijan), Rome (Italy), St. Petersburg (Russia), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Bilbao (Spain), Bucharest (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Copenhagen (Denmark), Dublin (Ireland) and Glasgow (Scotland).
The same as for EURO 2016. The winners and runners-up from the six groups will be joined in the last 16 by the four best third-placed teams.
Every host nation that manages to qualify for EURO 2020 will play two group games at home. There is no guarantee of a home game in the knockout phases. The hosts who qualify will automatically be assigned to the following groups:
Group A: Italy & Azerbaijan
Group B: Russia & Denmark
Group C: Netherlands & Romania
Group D: England & Scotland
Group E: Spain & Ireland
Group F: Germany & Hungary
Matchday 1: 21–23 March 2019
Matchday 2: 24–26 March 2019
(UEFA Nations League semi-finals: 5 & 6 June 2019)
Matchday 3: 7–8 June 2019
(UEFA Nations League final/third-place match: 9 June 2019)
Matchday 4: 10–11 June 2019
Matchday 5: 5–7 September 2019
Matchday 6: 8–10 September 2019
Matchday 7: 10–12 October 2019
Matchday 8: 13–15 October 2019
Matchday 9: 14–16 November 2019
Matchday 10: 17–19 November 2019
Play-off draw: 22 November 2019
Final tournament draw: 1 December 2019
Play-off semi-finals: 26–28 March 2020
Play-off finals: 29–31 March 2020
EURO 2020 final tournament: 12 June–12 July 2020###more###