According to their results in this year’s UEFA Nations League, the 53 UEFA members who are vying to represent their country at the Euro 2024 championships in Germany were divided into six pots for the qualifying lottery.
Teams will be divided into ten qualifying groups for the draw on October 9; seven of these groups will each have five teams, while the other three will each contain six teams. The top two teams from each qualifying group will advance to the German championships. Germany will join them in the finals after automatically qualifying as the hosts. A series of play-off matches between teams that finished outside the top two spots in their qualifying groups but did well in their respective Nations Leagues will decide the three extra spots at Euro 2024.
As the best-placed group winner in League D and the winner of their Nations League Group, Estonia has a slim chance of qualifying for the Euro 2024 play-offs if 13 of the 16 teams from Nations League A advance to the finals through their qualifying groups.
President Aivar Pohlak, Secretary General Anne Rei, Men’s National Team Head Coach Thomas Häberli, Men’s National Team General Manager Miko Pupart, and EJL Spokesperson Eva Nmme will be in attendance in Frankfurt to represent the Estonian Football Association (EJL).
Before the qualifying groups are determined, a variety of factors will be considered in addition to the seeding system by which teams are allocated to their respective pots for the draw.
The Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and Italy, the four teams that advanced to the Nations League semi-finals in June, will be divided into five-team groups because they cannot participate in Euro 2024 qualifying at that time.
Additionally, certain countries cannot be grouped together due to political considerations. Spain and Gibraltar will be put in a different qualifying group from Armenia and Azerbaijan, Belarus and Ukraine, and Belarus and Armenia. Kosovo cannot also be used as a weapon against Serbia or Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Additionally, groups may only include a maximum of two nations where there is thought to be a high likelihood of experiencing severe winter weather (Belarus, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Norway). Additionally, measures have been taken to prevent clubs from traveling too far for too many away games during the qualification season.
Below is the complete set of UEFA rankings for the Euro 2024 qualifying matches:
Pot for the UEFA Nations League: Spain, Italy (defending champion), Croatia, and Netherlands
Pot 1 – Denmark, Portugal, Belgium, Hungary, Switzerland, Poland.
Pot 2 – France, Austria, Czech Republic, England, Wales, Israel, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Scotland, Finland.
Pot 3 – Ukraine, Iceland, Norway, Slovenia, Republic of Ireland, Albania, Montenegro, Romania, Sweden, Armenia.
Pot 4 – Georgia, Greece, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Faroe Islands, North Macedonia.
Pot 5 – Slovakia, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Belarus, Lithuania, Gibraltar, Estonia, Latvia, Moldova, Malta.
Pot 6 – Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein
The qualifying stages for the 2024 European Championship will be held in March 2024, and the qualifications will take place between March and November 2023.
Germany will host the 2024 European Championship finals from June 14 to July 14.