UEFA sets fixture list of Euro 2016 host France
UEFA says 2016 European Championship host France will play
friendly matches during the qualifying program against teams placed
in the only five-team group.
The plan for France to play ”centralized friendlies” on
official dates is detailed in tournament regulations.
UEFA says it keeps France, which is exempt from qualifying,
”within the framework of the centralization of commercial
European federations agreed to compensation from UEFA in
exchange for giving control of their broadcasting rights to Euro
2016 and 2018 World Cup qualifying matches.
Previous hosts could decide their entire fixture list. Euro 2012
co-host Poland’s opponents included the United States, Ecuador and
UEFA’s remaining 53 members will compete for 23 qualifying
The draw in Nice on Feb. 23 will allocate eight six-team
qualifying groups and one five-team group.