The 2020 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2020, will be the 16th European Championship for national football teams organised by UEFA. It will be held in thirteen cities in thirteen different European countries during the middle of 2020 (with the exact dates and cities to be announced later). UEFA President Michel Platini has said that the tournament being hosted in several nations is a "romantic" one-off event to celebrate the 60th "birthday" of the European Championship competition.
On 6 December 2012 UEFA announced that the 2020 Finals would be held in multiple cities all over Europe to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the tournament. The selection of the host cities will not mean an automatic qualifying berth is awarded to the national team of that nation.
UEFA reasoned that the pan-European staging of the tournament was the logical decision at a time of financial difficulty across Europe. Reaction to UEFA's plan was mixed across Europe. Critics have cited the expanded format (from 31 matches featuring 16 nations to 51 featuring 24) and its associated additional costs as the decisive factor for only one nation (Turkey) having put forward a serious bid.
There will be no automatic qualifying berth, and all UEFA national teams, including the 13 national teams whose countries will stage matches, will compete in the qualifiers for the 24 places at the final tournament. As the host cities will be appointed by UEFA in September 2014, before the qualifiers of UEFA Euro 2020 (due to be played between September 2018 and November 2019), it is possible for the national teams from the host cities to fail to qualify for the final tournament.