UEFA sets early-2014 target for draw

UEFA says it will draw qualifying groups for the 2016 European

Championship in France in February or March 2014.

The target was set at the organizing committee’s first meeting

Thursday held at French Football Federation headquarters in

Paris.

The committee is led by Jacques Lambert, who was personally

chosen by UEFA’s president and former France playing great Michel

Platini.

The pair headed the 1998 World Cup organizing committee for

FIFA.

UEFA says a new business model for its flagship international

event means it assumes all financial risks instead of the French

federation.

French officials must soon propose host cities for the 24-nation

tournament.

Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine has just 16 teams.