The ingredients for each of the four 2016 UEFA Euro Cup pots were officially announced Tuesday, setting up an intriguing draw next month. As the host of next year’s tournament, France was automatically rewarded the top seed in Group A and won’t be a part of next month’s draw. Instead, with the tournament expanding from 16 to 24 teams, the 23 other qualifiers were divided into four pots below based on their UEFA national coefficients.
They will be drawn and assigned to a group ranging from Group A all the way to Group F on Saturday, Dec. 12. Because of France’s already determined place in the group stage, Pot 1 only has five teams.
Republic of Ireland
Of course it’s more likely the groups will be better dispersed as two-time defending champion Spain hopes to claim an unprecedented third straight title and fourth overall. France seeks its third Euro title, and back in 1984 it was just the second country to win as host.