UEFA spectacle hosts’ announcement in 2023



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The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has announced that its member-associations interested in hosting UEFA Euro 2028 have until March 2022 to declare their interest, with the appointment of the host(s) set to take place in September 2023.

The ‘UEFA’ stated that UEFA Euro 2028 is set to take place over 51 matches and feature 24 teams, as has been the case for the previous two tournaments. Joint bids are permitted, provided that the bidding countries are geographically compact.

Nyon (Switzerland)-headquartered the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is the administrative body for football, futsal and beach soccer in Europe. It is one of six continental confederations of world football’s governing body FIFA. UEFA consists of 55 national association members.

The 2028 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2028 or simply Euro 2028, will be the 18th edition of the UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international men’s football championship of Europe organized by UEFA. It will be held from June 15th, 2028 to July 15th, 2028.
 

Interested parties will need to provide 10 stadiums, with the following capacities:

  • Minimum of one stadium with at least 60,000 net seating capacity;
  • Minimum of one stadium, preferably two stadiums, with at least 50,000 net seating capacity;
  • Minimum of four stadiums with at least 40,000 net seating capacity; and
  • Minimum of three stadiums with at least 30,000 net seating capacity.

 

The bidding timeline, which interested parties will need to follow, are as follows:

  • March 23rd, 2022 – Deadline for national associations to confirm their interest to bid;
  • March 30th, 2022 – Bid requirements are made available to the bidders;
  • April 5th, 2022 – Announcement of bidders by UEFA;
  • April 12th, 2023 – Final bid dossier submission deadline; and
  • September 2023 – Appointment of host(s) of UEFA Euro 2028.

 
The ‘UEFA’ further stated that in order to ensure compatibility with the competition’s sporting and commercial format, the automatic qualification of the host team(s) shall be guaranteed only for a single host or a maximum of two joint host associations, as always implemented in the past.

In case of more than two joint host associations, the automatic qualification of all the host teams cannot be guaranteed and shall be subject to a decision to be made in conjunction with decisions concerning the qualifying competition.

As the competition regulations have not yet been issued, information regarding dates, the number of participating teams and the number of matches are provisional and may therefore change.

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