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European Qualifiers: How the play-offs are shaping up

UEFA.com takes a detailed look at the formation of the three play-off paths.

A general view of the Henri Delaunay Trophy
A general view of the Henri Delaunay Trophy PA Images via Getty Images

With the UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying groups now over, we take a look at how the play-offs are shaping up.

Twelve teams have earned play-off spots based on their performances in the 2022/23 UEFA Nations League. Nominally, that is the group winners of Leagues A, B and C, but if they have already qualified they are replaced by the next best-ranked team in their league.



League D will not form a path, but the best group winners in the overall league ranking is selected for the first slot left vacant if one of the higher leagues ended with fewer than four teams in the play-offs. As this will be the case for League A, Estonia will qualify for the play-offs.


Among group winners, Türkiye have booked their place in the finals. This means that the best League C runners-up, Luxembourg, will contest the play-offs alongside Georgia, Greece and Kazakhstan.


Among group winners, Serbia and Scotland have booked their places in the finals, while Israel and Bosnia and Herzegovina are confirmed in the play-offs. Finland and Ukraine enter the play-offs, and as League A has a second slot vacant (the first is reserved for Estonia), Iceland also enter the play-offs.


Group winners Spain, Croatia, Italy and the Netherlands have all booked their place in the finals. Poland and Wales are the only League A teams not qualified so both enter the play-offs.



The League C path will be formed of three group winners (Georgia, Greece and Kazakhstan) and one runner-up: Luxembourg.


The League B path will be formed of two group winners (Israel and Bosnia and Herzegovina) and two of the three runners-up: Finland, Ukraine and Iceland.

As one team from League B will be required to complete the League A path, a draw will be made between the three League B runners-up (Finland, Ukraine, Iceland) to decide which path they play (League A or League B), irrespective of their position in the overall UEFA Nations League rankings.


The League A path will be formed of two League A teams (Poland and Wales), the League B team not drawn for the League B path, and Estonia.


In each League path, the semi-final pairings are determined by overall UEFA Nations League ranking: 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3. The best-ranked teams play at home.

The semi-final that will provide the final hosts will be determined by a draw.

Play-offs: How they work, state of play

Last updated: Tuesday 21 November 23:00 CET