Euro 2024 qualifying draw: How to watch, TV channel, start time, seed pots, Scotland’s fate

As well as securing a guaranteed play-off spot if needed to reach the tournament in Germany in two years’ time, Scotland also earned Pot 2 status for the qualifying stage after earning promotion to the Nations League group A courtesy of seven has reached points from a possible nine in the triple-header last month with a goalless draw against Ukraine in Kraków after they beat the aforementioned nation and Ireland in Hampden.

In theory, being in Pot 2 should put Scotland in front of a less challenging group than they have been as a Pot 3 side in previous years, but there are still potentially tricky draws that Clarke and company might be keen to avoid.

Here’s everything you need to know before the draw…

When will the draw for the EURO 2024 qualifying group take place?

The UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying draw will take place on Sunday 9 October 2022 at 11:00 BST at the Festhalle in Frankfurt.

Which teams will take part in the draw?

Germany, as the host country, will not be included in the qualifying draw for Euro 2024.

The UEFA Euro 2024 trophy pictured during the brand launch at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium on October 5, 2021. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for DFB)

Russia will also be absent as all Russian teams remain banned from international competition due to the invasion of Ukraine.

A total of 53 countries will take part in the draw, divided into 10 groups – seven groups of five teams and three groups of six teams.

The ten group winners and runners-up qualify for Euro 2024. The remaining three places will be decided via the play-offs, which will take place in March 2024 and will include a semi-final and a final, played over one leg.

What are the seeding pots for Euro 2024 qualifiers?

Pot 1 – Denmark, Portugal, Belgium, Hungary, Switzerland, Poland.

Pot 2 – France, Austria, Czech Republic, England, Wales, Israel, Bosnia and 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 four Nations League finalists will play the finals of this competition in June 2023. As a result, these teams have only eight matchdays to play in Euro 2024 qualifying and must be placed in groups of five teams.

What are Scotland’s possible groups?

Scotland cannot play another pot-2 team in qualifiers. This rules out a potential death group involving countries like France or England in addition to a pot 1 side like Spain or Italy. However, there are still some tough opponents to avoid in Pot 3, including (again) Ukraine, Norway and Sweden.

A favorable looking group for Scotland would potentially include either Poland, Switzerland or Hungary from Pot 1, with the rest of the group made up of Armenia, the Faroe Islands, Malta and San Marino.

On the other hand, a worst-case scenario would see Scotland drawn from Pot 1 along with Spain, Italy or Belgium, while the rest of the group consists of Norway, Turkey and Slovakia.

How to watch the Euro 2024 qualifying draw

Sky Sports News will also report on the draw.

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