The draw for Euro 2016 is upon us, featuring the most number of teams competing in the tournament (24) compared to the previous 16 from 1996 onwards.
If you live in the United States and you want to watch the draw live, you can via TV and/or streaming. Here are all of the details you need:
What: Draw for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament (to be held in France next summer)
When: Coverage of the draw begins at Noon ET / 9am PT, Saturday, December 12
Where: Live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes
Streaming: Live on ESPN3.com and, if you don’t get ESPN, Sling TV.
The draw will take place live from Paris, France.
The 24 qualified teams will be drawn into six groups of four teams, with the hosts France being automatically placed in position A1. The remaining teams will be seeded into four pots of five (Pot 1) or six teams (Pots 2, 3 and 4). As the title holders, Spain will be seeded in Pot 1, while the other 22 teams will be seeded according to the UEFA National team coefficients updated after the completion of the qualifying group stage (excluding the play-offs), which were released by UEFA on October 14, 2015.
Pot 1: Spain (ESP), Germany (GER), England (ENG), Portugal (POR), Belgium (BEL), France (FRA)
Pot 2: Italy (ITA), Russia (RUS), Switzerland (SUI), Austria (AUT), Croatia (CRO), Ukraine (UKR)
Pot 3: Czech Republic (CZE), Sweden (SWE), Poland (POL), Romania (ROU, Slovakia (SVK), Hungary (HUN)
Pot 4: Turkey (TUR), Republic of Ireland (IRL), Iceland (ISL), Wales (WAL), Albania (ALB), Northern Ireland (NIR)
Here are all of the details about ESPN’s coverage it has planned today:
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN digital platforms will combine to present comprehensive coverage of the UEFA EURO 2016 Final Draw on Saturday, Dec. 12. ESPN’s multi-platform presentation will be anchored by five hours of programming on ESPN Deportes beginning at 11 a.m. ET with Destino Francia (pre-show), followed by Sorteo Euro 2016 (12 p.m.), a 90-minute Destino Francia (post-show) at 1:30 p.m., and SportsCenter at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 will feature a 90-minute UEFA EURO 2016 Final Draw program at 12 p.m., while ESPN3 will live stream the ceremony and the Draw (12 p.m.).
ESPN coverage will feature more than 20 commentators – hosts, analysts and reporters – from multiple locations. Highlights:
ESPN English language platforms:
· UEFA EURO 2016 Final Draw on ESPN2 at 12 p.m.: host Bob Ley, analysts Ian Darke, Santiago Solari in Bristol, Conn., and Taylor Twellman in Kansas City (site of NCAA College Cup);
· Gabriele Marcotti – reporting from Paris;
· ESPN Digital’s EURO 2016 Express: Draw Special: Dan Thomas, Alexis Nunes and Craig Burley in Bristol; with Alison Bender, Julien Laurens and Anthony Richardson in London.