UEFA Euro 2024 draw: Which pot are Italy in, when is the group stage draw?

With qualification for Euro 2024 confirmed for Italy, attention now turns to the December 2 group stage draw. The pots have been confirmed, and here's all you need to know ahead of the draw taking place.

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After the Italy Men’s National Team confirmed their place at the 2024 European Championship, all attention swiftly turned to the Euro 2024 draw pots, and which teams the Azzurri could find themselves coming up against in Germany next summer.

In a Euro 2024 qualifying group alongside England, UkraineNorth Macedonia and Malta, the Azzurri were seen as the second-strongest side in the group, after England, and so it proved as both Euro 2020 finalists managed to earn automatic qualification. Qualification, though, wasn’t as smooth sailing as Italy would have hoped it would be. 

Luciano Spalletti with the Italy Men’s National Team. (@Azzurri)

Starting out under the guidance of Euro 2020-winning coach Roberto Mancini, the Azzurri looked a long way off their best. Mancini departed midway through the Euro 2024 qualifying campaign and ex-Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti arrived in his place. With Spalletti in charge, Italy successfully navigated their way through their final four fixtures – losing only to England – to qualify.

UEFA allocated the pots to recognise placement in each country’s respective groups and their point tally ahead of their ranking, as such with Italy finishing on 14 points (the lowest of any second-placed side), they take their place in Pot 4

When is the UEFA Euro 2024 draw?

Now that the qualification groups have been played out, but with playoff matches still to be played, the Euro 2024 draw is ready to take place.

The final Euro 2024 draw will take place on Saturday, December 2, 2023.

UEFA Euro 2024 draw pots

Domenico Berardi celebrates scoring for the Italy Men’s National Team. (@Azzurri)

How are the UEFA Euro 2024 draw pots decided?

With hosts Germany automatically taking a seeded place in Pot 1 and the eventual playoff winners taking three of the Pot 4 places, there were 20 places left to determine ahead of the Euro 2024 draw.

The remaining 20 nations were allocated in accordance with their results in Euro 2024 qualifying. Seedings are based on overall European Championship qualifying rankings, which were determined as follows:

a) final position in a group;
b) points;
c) goal difference;
d) goals scored;
e) away goals scored;
f) number of wins;
g) number of away wins;
h) lower disciplinary points total (three points for a red card, including second booking; one point for a single yellow card);
i) position in the overall UEFA Nations League rankings.

UEFA Euro 2024 draw: Pot 1

Naturally, Pot 1 is filled with the hosts Germany, as well as other big names and heavy hitters included in the Euro 2024 draw and there aren’t many, if any sides from this pot that any team would ideally like to face.

The Pot 1 teams for the Euro 2024 draw are:

  • Germany (Seeded in Group A, position A1)
  • Portugal
  • France
  • England
  • Spain
  • Belgium
Harry Kane runs past Francesco Acerbi during Italy vs England. [@England]

UEFA Euro 2024 draw: Pot 2

Pot 2, then, is the second-best pot and, in theory at least, contains the next-best teams after Pot 1’s heavyweights.

The Pot 2 teams for the Euro 2024 draw are:

  • Hungary
  • Turkey
  • Romania
  • Denmark
  • Albania
  • Austria

UEFA Euro 2024 draw: Pot 3

While Pot 3 should contain some more favourable possible opponents, there are still some big-name nations included.

The Pot 3 teams for the Euro 2024 draw are:

  • Scotland
  • Netherlands
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
Scotland’s Lewis Ferguson for Bologna away at Juventus. (@BolognaFC1909en)

UEFA Euro 2024 draw: Pot 4

This is the pot that Italy find themselves in for the Euro 2024 draw, and as such will not face any of the other teams named alongside them in Pot 4.

The Pot 4 teams for the Euro 2024 draw are:

  • Italy
  • Serbia
  • Switzerland
  • Playoff winner A (One of Poland, Estonia, Wales or Finland)
  • Playoff winner B (One of Israel, Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina or Ukraine)
  • Playoff winner C (One of Georgia, Luxembourg, Greece or Kazakhstan)

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