Contested by every four years, the UEFA European Championship offer the best talent in the continent since its inception in the UEFA EURO 1960. It consists of the playoffs, play-offs and the final tournament.
The preliminary round, the field includes a record number of 53 countries, and consists of nine groups of five or six teams, who contest the matches back and forth. The winners of the nine groups, the nine group runners-up and best third-placed team qualify directly to participate in the final tournament. And third-placed teams remaining eight go to the play-offs to determine the four qualifiers for the World Cup.
For the first time, qualifying place under the “Week of Football” the new concept, which sees games played from Thursday to Tuesday. Kick-off will be set mainly at 18.00CET and 20.45 CET times on Saturday and Sunday and 20.45 CET to Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday. The double-headed matchweeks, and the teams play on Thursday / Sunday, Friday / Saturday or Monday / Tuesday. It will be each day of the “Week of Football” has eight to ten games.
For the first time, and 24 the two sides contest the UEFA European Championship. The first final tournament in France in 1960 affair four teams, expanding to eight in 1980 and doubled in size again in 1996 to 16 years.
As the host nation, France qualify automatically for the World Cup which will be held between June 10 and July 10, 2016 and will be joined by 23 qualifiers will be chosen teams into groups of four, with the group leaders of six, six runner-up group and the four best third-place teams advancing to the role of the 16 when it becomes a knockout competition.