Israel - ranked at European soccer's third level - will be drawn into a qualifying group with one top-ranked team and one second-tier team in tomorrow's draw in Opporto, Portugal for the 2004 European Championships. Host nation Portugal is the only squad that does not have to qualify for the finals, while the other 50 UEFA members will participate in qualifying rounds from this September until November 2003.
Teams finishing at the top of each of the 10 qualifying groups will automatically qualify fir the finals, while the 10 second-place teams will compete in a two-legged playoff for the final five spots.
The top ten seeds are France, who as reigning champions are seeded first, followed by Sweden, Spain, Czech Republic, Germany, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Italy, Belgium and Turkey.
Israel is ranked 24th in the list of competing nations, with a coefficient ranking of 1.563 points. The coefficients are determined by dividing the total number of points obtained in the qualifying competitions of the 2002 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000 by the number of matches played.
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