The Union of European Football Association (UEFA) on Tuesday approved the procedure for the upcoming UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying draw, which will take place in Frankfurt on 9 October 2022. The European football governing body confirmed that Germany will not take part in the qualifying draw and will automatically qualify for the final as they are the host nation.
Meanwhile, 53 nations will battle it out in the qualifying draw to find a place in the final tournament. UEFA said that Russia will not be taking part in the qualifying draw as the country and all Russian clubs are banned by the governing body following their invasion of Ukraine.
“All Russian teams are currently suspended following the decision of the UEFA Executive Committee of 28 February 2022, which was further confirmed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on 15 July 2022. Russia is therefore not included in the UEFA European Football Championship 2022-24 qualifying draw,” said UEFA in a statement on Tuesday.
It further said that the 53 nations that will be taking part in the qualifying draw will be divided into ten groups – seven groups of five teams and three groups of six teams. The ten group winners and the ten group runners-up qualify for the final tournament.
The remaining three places will be decided via the playoffs to be played in March 2024. The 53 participating teams are seeded according to the overall 2022/23 UEFA Nations League rankings and divided into seven pots.
Russian Football Federation said that are still awaiting a reply from CAS on this matter. "The Union is currently awaiting for the full text of the CAS decision, following the study of which a decision will be made on further steps," the Russian Football Union said. Russia were also banned from the upcoming World Cup in Qatar by FIFA. The team had originally qualified for the European qualifying playoffs.