The group stage of UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying will send 20 teams to the finals automatically after a set of fixtures ending in November this year.
Several teams are closing in on joining hosts Germany at the tournament with games to spare, while others are aiming to avoid elimination.
Some know they will be guaranteed a qualifying playoff place in March 2024 even if they do not finish in the required top two places of their group to seal a place in Germany after the group stage.
Others could guarantee a place in the draw for the finals as early as this week, depending on how results play out. Scotland are among that group, knowing that a positive performance against Spain could see them secure their spot at a major tournament for just the second time this century.
The Sporting News explains who’s qualified for Euro 2024, who needs what to qualify next, and who’s in peril of missing out entirely.
How Euro 2024 qualification works
Of the 53 teams vying for qualification, 23 will get to play in the finals, alongside Germany.
Those teams attempting to qualify are split across 10 groups: seven containing five teams, and three comprising six.
The top two from each group will qualify, making up 20 places. The three remaining spots will go to the winners of playoff games, which will take place between teams who have performed best in the 2022/23 Nations League.
The group winners of Leagues A, B and C in the Nations League will be awarded those playoff spots, if they have not already qualified for Euro 2024. If they have, the next best-ranked team in their Nations League group will reach the playoffs. If those teams have also already qualified, places will filter down to the next league, finishing with League D.
Who has qualified for Euro 2024?
As tournament hosts, Germany were the only team to have qualified for Euro 2024 before the October qualifying matches.
This list will be updated as teams qualify.
Euro 2024 qualifying permutations: Who can qualify next?
As we will explain, the following teams can qualify for the finals during the Matchday 7 European Qualifiers in October:
The following teams are guaranteed a playoff place if they do not finish in the top two of their group because of their Nations League ranking:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
The next round of qualifying matches takes place this month. Matchday 7 runs from Thursday, October 12 to Saturday, October 14. Matchday 8 spans Sunday, October 15 to Tuesday, October 17.
Euro 2024 qualifying permutations: Who needs what to qualify
Here are the group standings before the October qualifiers. These tables will be updated as qualifying continues.
Scotland will qualify if they win in Spain on October 12 or if Norway do not beat Cyprus away on the same evening.
Cyprus will not be able to finish in the top two if they do not beat Norway or if Spain gain a point.
- March 25: Scotland 3-0 Cyprus, Spain 3-0 Norway
- March 28: Georgia 1-1 Norway, Scotland 2-0 Spain
- June 17: Norway 1-2 Scotland, Cyprus 1-2 Georgia
- June 20: Norway 3-1 Cyprus, Scotland 2-0 Georgia
- September 8: Georgia 1-7 Spain, Cyprus 0-3 Scotland
- September 12: Norway 2-1 Georgia, Spain 6-0 Cyprus
- October 12: Cyprus vs Norway, Spain vs Scotland
- October 15: Georgia vs Cyprus, Norway vs Spain
- November 16: Georgia vs Scotland, Cyprus vs Spain
- November 19: Scotland vs Norway, Spain vs Georgia
Two-time champions and 2022 FIFA World Cup finalists France will qualify from Group B on Matchday 7 if they win in the Netherlands or if they draw and Greece lose away to the Republic of Ireland.
A Netherlands win would knock the Republic of Ireland out of qualification if they only draw. Stephen Kenny’s team will also be out if they lose. Oranje will go through on Matchday 8 if they better Greece‘s result on October 13 and beat them away three days later.
Gibraltar cannot finish in the top two.
|4. Rep. Ireland||3||5||1||4||0||-2|
- March 24: France 4-0 Netherlands, Gibraltar 0-3 Greece
- March 27: Netherlands 3-0 Gibraltar, Republic of Ireland 0-1 France
- June 16: Gibraltar 0-3 France, Greece 2-1 Republic of Ireland
- June 19: France 1-0 Greece, Republic of Ireland 3-0 Gibraltar
- September 7: France 2-0 Republic of Ireland, Netherlands 3-0 Greece
- September 10: Greece 5-0 Gibraltar, Republic of Ireland 1-2 Netherlands
- October 13: Netherlands vs France, Republic of Ireland vs Greece
- October 16: Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland, Greece vs Netherlands
- November 18: France vs Gibraltar, Netherlands vs Republic of Ireland
- November 21: Gibraltar vs Netherlands, Greece vs France
England and fellow Euro 2020 finalists Italy are in Group C, in which nothing can be decided on Matchday 7. The Three Lions could seal qualification on Matchday 8, depending on results elsewhere.
|4. North Macedonia||7||5||2||2||1||-5|
- March 23: Italy 1-2 England, North Macedonia 2-1 Malta
- March 26: England 2-0 Ukraine, Malta 0-2 Italy
- June 16: Malta 0-4 England, North Macedonia 2-3 Ukraine
- June 19: Ukraine 1-0 Malta, England 7-0 North Macedonia
- September 9: Ukraine 1-1 England, North Macedonia 1-1 Italy
- September 12: Italy 2-1 Ukraine, Malta 0-2 North Macedonia
- October 14: Ukraine vs North Macedonia, Italy vs Malta
- October 17: England vs Italy, Malta vs Ukraine
- November 17: England vs Malta, Italy vs North Macedonia
- November 20: North Macedonia vs England, Ukraine vs Italy
In a tight Group D, the only certainty after Matchday 7 will be that rock-bottom Latvia cannot reach the finals. Matchday 8 could be decisive, with Croatia and Turkiye potentially putting themselves in pole position to qualify on that evening or losing the momentum, depending on their result when they play each other.
- March 25: Armenia 1-2 Turkiye, Croatia 1-1 Wales
- March 28: Turkiye 0-2 Croatia, Wales 1-0 Latvia
- June 16: Latvia 2-3 Turkiye, Wales 2-4 Armenia
- June 19: Armenia 2-1 Latvia, Turkiye 2-0 Wales
- September 8: Croatia 5-0 Latvia, Turkiye 1-1 Armenia
- September 11: Armenia 0-1 Croatia, Latvia 0-1 Wales
- October 12: Croatia vs Turkiye, Latvia vs Armenia
- October 15: Turkiye vs Latvia, Wales vs Croatia
- November 18: Armenia vs Wales, Latvia vs Croatia
- November 21: Croatia vs Armenia, Wales vs Turkiye
The Faroe Islands cannot qualify if they lose at home to Poland on Matchday 7. They will also be knocked out if Czechia win in Albania or if both games are drawn.
Should they beat Czechia, Albania will be in a very strong position to qualify on Matchday 9 in Moldova.
|5. Faroe Islands||1||5||0||4||1||-8|
- March 24: Czechia 3-1 Poland, Moldova 1-1 Faroe Islands
- March 27: Moldova 0-0 Czechia, Poland 1-0 Albania
- June 17: Albania 2-0 Moldova, Faroe Islands 0-3 Czechia
- June 20: Faroe Islands 1-3 Albania, Moldova 3-2 Poland
- September 7: Czechia 1-1 Albania, Poland 2-0 Faroe Islands
- September 10: Faroe Islands 0-1 Moldova, Albania 2-0 Poland
- October 12: Albania vs Czechia, Faroe Islands vs Poland
- October 15: Czechia vs Faroe Islands, Poland vs Moldova
- November 17: Moldova vs Albania, Poland vs Czechia
- November 20: Albania vs Faroe Islands, Czechia vs Moldova
Austria made the early running in Group F under former Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick and now face a shootout with Belgium to qualify on Matchday 7, with the winner of the game between the teams in Leopoldstadt guaranteed a place in the finals.
Even if they lose, though, either nation will still be in a strong position to seal qualification during their remaining group-stage games.
Azerbaijan will be hoping that match does not finish in a draw, which would knock them out. They will be eliminated regardless if they do not win away to Estonia, who already know they cannot secure a top-two finish.
- March 24: Austria 4-1 Azerbaijan, Sweden 0-3 Belgium
- March 27: Austria 2-1 Estonia, Sweden 5-0 Azerbaijan
- June 17: Azerbaijan 1-1 Estonia, Belgium 1-1 Austria
- June 20: Austria 2-0 Sweden, Estonia 0-3 Belgium
- September 9: Azerbaijan 0-1 Belgium, Estonia 0-5 Sweden
- September 12: Belgium 5-0 Estonia, Sweden 1-3 Austria
- October 13: Austria vs Belgium, Estonia vs Azerbaijan
- October 16: Azerbaijan vs Austria, Belgium vs Sweden
- November 16: Azerbaijan vs Sweden, Estonia vs Austria
- November 19: Azerbaijan vs Sweden, Estonia vs Austria
Two teams are in a precarious position in Group G on Matchday 7: Bulgaria host Lithuania with both teams needing to win to stay in contention, so a draw would be no good for either side.
Serbia need successive wins to go through on Matchday 8.
- March 24: Bulgaria 0-1 Montenegro, Serbia 2-0 Lithuania
- March 27: Hungary 3-0 Bulgaria, Montenegro 0-2 Serbia
- June 17: Lithuania 1-1 Bulgaria, Montenegro 0-0 Hungary
- June 20: Bulgaria 1-1 Serbia, Hungary 2-0 Lithuania
- September 7: Lithuania 2-2 Montenegro, Serbia 1-2 Hungary
- September 10: Montenegro 2-1 Bulgaria, Lithuania 1-3 Serbia
- October 14: Bulgaria vs Lithuania, Hungary vs Serbia
- October 17: Lithuania vs Hungary, Serbia vs Montenegro
- November 16: Bulgaria vs Hungary, Montenegro vs Lithuania
- November 19: Hungary vs Montenegro, Serbia vs Bulgaria
Northern Ireland are in trouble on Matchday 7: they have to win at home to San Marino, who are already out, to have a chance of staying in the running. The Euro 2020 playoff losers will also be eliminated if both Denmark and Slovenia win, or if both Kazakhstan and Slovenia win.
|5. Northern Ireland||3||6||1||5||0||-4|
|6. San Marino||0||5||0||5||0||-17|
- March 23: Kazakhstan 1-2 Slovenia, Denmark 3-1 Finland, San Marino 0-2 Northern Ireland
- March 26: Kazakhstan 3-2 Denmark, Slovenia 2-0 San Marino, Northern Ireland 0-1 Finland
- June 16: Denmark 1-0 Northern Ireland, Finland 2-0 Slovenia, San Marino 0-3 Kazakhstan
- June 19: Finland 6-0 San Marino, Northern Ireland 0-1 Kazakhstan, Slovenia 1-1 Denmark
- September 7: Kazakhstan 0-1 Finland, Denmark 4-0 San Marino, Slovenia 4-2 Northern Ireland
- September 10: Kazakhstan 1-0 Northern Ireland, Finland 0-1 Denmark, San Marino 0-4 Slovenia
- October 14: Northern Ireland vs San Marino, Slovenia vs Finland, Denmark vs Kazakhstan
- October 17: Finland vs Kazakhstan, Northern Ireland vs Slovenia, San Marino vs Denmark
- November 17: Kazakhstan vs San Marino, Finland vs Northern Ireland, Denmark vs Slovenia
- November 20: Northern Ireland vs Denmark, San Marino vs Finland, Slovenia vs Kazakhstan
Belarus cannot finish in the top two if they lose at home to Romania on Matchday 7, or if they draw and Israel beat Switzerland at home. However, the game in Israel has been postponed due to the escalating conflict in the region.
Kosovo will be out of contention to qualify if they lose to Andorra, or if they draw and Romania win and Switzerland avoid defeat.
Andorra must win to keep their qualification hopes alive, but they will be eliminated regardless if Romania win.
- March 25: Belarus 0-5 Switzerland, Andorra 0-2 Romania, Israel 1-1 Kosovo
- March 28: Kosovo 1-1 Andorra, Romania 2-1 Belarus, Switzerland 3-0 Israel
- June 16: Andorra 1-2 Switzerland, Belarus 1-2 Israel, Kosovo 0-0 Romania
- June 19: Belarus 2-1 Kosovo, Israel 2-1 Andorra, Switzerland 2-2 Romania
- September 9: Andorra 0-0 Belarus, Kosovo 2-2 Switzerland, Romania 1-1 Israel
- September 12: Israel 1-0 Belarus, Romania 2-0 Kosovo, Switzerland 3-0 Andorra
- October 12: Andorra vs Kosovo, Belarus vs Romania, Israel vs Switzerland
- October 15: Switzerland vs Belarus, Kosovo vs Israel, Romania vs Andorra
- November 18: Belarus vs Andorra, Israel vs Romania, Switzerland vs Kosovo
- November 21: Andorra vs Israel, Kosovo vs Belarus, Romania vs Switzerland
Led by five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, Euro 2016 champions Portugal will qualify if they win at home to Slovakia, or if they draw and Luxembourg lose in Iceland.
Bosnia and Herzegovina cannot finish in the top two and will rely on the playoffs to qualify if they lose away to Liechtenstein, who are out, and Slovakia shock the Selecao.
A Slovakia win would also knock Iceland out if Age Hareide’s team are beaten.
|4. Bosnia & Herzegovina||6||6||2||4||0||-4|
- March 23: Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-0 Iceland, Portugal 4-0 Liechtenstein, Slovakia 0-0 Luxembourg
- March 26: Liechtenstein 0-7 Iceland, Luxembourg 0-6 Portugal, Slovakia 2-0 Bosnia and Herzegovina
- June 17: Luxembourg 2-0 Liechtenstein, Iceland 1-2 Slovakia, Portugal 3-0 Bosnia and Herzegovina
- June 20: Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-2 Luxembourg, Iceland 0-1 Portugal, Liechtenstein 0-1 Slovakia
- September 8: Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1 Liechtenstein, Luxembourg 3-1 Iceland, Slovakia 0-1 Portugal
- September 11: Iceland 1-0 Bosnia and Herzegovina, Portugal 9-0 Luxembourg, Slovakia 3-0 Liechtenstein
- October 13: Iceland vs Luxembourg, Liechtenstein vs Bosnia and Herzegovina, Portugal vs Slovakia
- October 16: Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Portugal, Iceland vs Liechtenstein, Luxembourg vs Slovakia
- November 16: Liechtenstein vs Portugal, Luxembourg vs Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia vs Iceland
- November 29: Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Slovakia, Liechtenstein vs Luxembourg, Portugal vs Iceland
When is Euro 2024?
The finals of Euro 2024 will run from June 14 – July 14, 2024.
The qualifying playoff semifinals will be held on March 21, 2024, with the finals of those scheduled for five days later.
Where is Euro 2024?
This will be the first time Germany has staged the tournament since the reunification of the country. West Germany hosted the 1988 finals, while Germany were 2006 World Cup hosts.
Here are the 10 stadiums where matches will take place.
|Signal Iduna Park||Dortmund||66,000|
|Red Bull Arena||Leipzig||42,000|