UEFA launch bid process for Euro 2028 hosting

October 13 – UEFA have launched the bidding process for hosting Euro 2028 with member associations having until March 2022 to declare their interest. The final decision on hosting will be made in September 2023.

UEFA has said that joint bids will be allowed for Euro 2028 which will feature 24 teams in a 51-match tournament. Joint bids countries have to be “geographically compact”. UEFA will not follow the format of Euro 2020 that saw groups and knockout rounds geographically split across the continent.

If the finals are jointly hosted by two nations then both will automatically qualify but if there are more than two automatic qualification will not be guaranteed but “subject to a decision to be made in conjunction with decisions concerning the qualifying competition.”

Euro 2024 is being held in Germany.

UEFA said that 10 stadiums will be required with the following capacities:

  • Minimum of 1 stadium with at least 60,000 net seating capacity
  • Minimum of 1 stadium, preferably 2 stadiums, with at least 50,000 net seating capacity
  • Minimum of 4 stadiums with at least 40,000 net seating capacity
  • Minimum of 3 stadiums with at least 30,000 net seating capacity

The bidding timeline UEFA outlined is:

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

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