Using the Champions League as their template, UEFA have completely revamped the scheduling of qualifying matches for Euro 2016. For starters, the 10 rounds of qualifying matches are referred to as “Matchdays”. Each Matchday will consist of three consecutive calendar days of matches that, in the case of the upcoming Matchday 1, will take place from Sunday through to Tuesday. Secondly, the kickoff times are set at 18.00 and 20.45 CET. Its worth mentioning that it’s not only matches in Russia and Azerbaijan that will have the early kickoffs.
The biggest change, however, is in the area of TV rights….