UEFA Euro 2020

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UEFA Euro 2020
UEFA Euro 2020 Logo.svg
Tournament details
Host countries
Dates June–July 2020
Teams 24
Venue(s) 13 (in 13 host cities)

The 2020 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2020 or simply Euro 2020, will be the 16th edition of the UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international men's football championship of Europe organized by UEFA.

It will be held in thirteen cities in thirteen different European countries during the summer of 2020 (with the exact date to be announced later). Portugal are the defending champions, having won the 2016 edition.

Former UEFA President Michel Platini 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.[1] The winner will earn the right to participate in the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup. Wembley Stadium in London will host the semi-finals and final for the second time after the 1996 tournament.

Bid process[edit]

While some countries had already expressed an interest in a UEFA Euro 2020 bid[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] on 30 June 2012, at a press conference a day before the UEFA Euro 2012 Final, UEFA President Michel Platini suggested that instead of having one host country (or joint hosting by multiple countries), Euro 2020 could be spread over "12 or 13 cities" across the continent.[10] At the time UEFA already used a similar system for the UEFA Under-17 Championship's "Elite Round" where each of the seven groups is hosted by a different country.

European format decision[edit]

On 6 December 2012 UEFA announced that the 2020 Finals would be held in multiple cities across Europe, to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the tournament.[11][12] 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.[13][14] Reaction to UEFA's plan was mixed across Europe.[15] 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.[16]

Bidding venues[edit]

The final list of bids was published by UEFA on 26 April 2014, with a decision on the hosts being made by the UEFA Executive Committee on 19 September 2014. There were two bids for the Finals Package (of which one was successful, marked with blue for semi-finals and final) and 19 bids for the Standard Package (of which 12 were successful, marked with green for quarter-finals and group stage, and yellow for round of 16 and group stage).[17]

Country City Venue Capacity Package Package detail
 Azerbaijan Baku National Stadium 68,700 Standard Package Group stage and quarter-finals
 Belarus Minsk Traktor Stadium 16,500 (to be expanded to 33,000) Rejected Standard Package
 Belgium Grimbergen Eurostadium (proposed new national stadium) 50,000 (62,613 potentially) Standard Package Group stage and round of 16
 Bulgaria Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 43,000 (to be expanded to 50,000) Rejected Standard Package
 Denmark Copenhagen Parken Stadium 38,065 Standard Package Group stage and round of 16
 England London Wembley Stadium 90,000 Finals Package
(withdrawn Standard Package)
Semi-finals and final
 Germany Munich Allianz Arena 75,000 Standard Package Group stage and quarter-finals
 Hungary Budapest Puskás Ferenc Stadion 56,000 (proposed new 68,000 stadium) Standard Package Group stage and round of 16
 Ireland Dublin Aviva Stadium 51,700 Standard Package Group stage and round of 16
 Israel Jerusalem Teddy Stadium 34,000 (to be expanded to 53,000) Rejected Standard Package
 Italy Rome Stadio Olimpico 72,698 Standard Package Group stage and quarter-finals
 Macedonia Skopje Philip II Arena 33,460 Rejected Standard Package
 Netherlands Amsterdam Johan Cruijff Arena 53,052 (to be expanded to 55-56,000) Standard Package Group stage and round of 16
 Romania Bucharest Arena Națională 55,600 Standard Package Group stage and round of 16
 Russia Saint Petersburg Krestovsky Stadium 68,134 Standard Package Group stage and quarter-finals
 Scotland Glasgow Hampden Park 52,063 Standard Package Group stage and round of 16
 Spain Bilbao San Mamés Stadium 53,332 Standard Package Group stage and round of 16
 Sweden Solna, Stockholm Friends Arena 50,000 Eliminated Standard Package
 Wales Cardiff Millennium Stadium 74,500 Eliminated Standard Package


London Munich Rome Baku Saint Petersburg
Wembley Stadium Allianz Arena Stadio Olimpico National Stadium Krestovsky Stadium
51°33′0″N 0°16′30″W / 51.55000°N 0.27500°W / 51.55000; -0.27500 (Wembley Stadium) 48°13′8″N 11°37′11″E / 48.21889°N 11.61972°E / 48.21889; 11.61972 (Allianz Arena) 41°56′30″N 12°27′17″E / 41.94167°N 12.45472°E / 41.94167; 12.45472 (Stadio Olimpico) 40°25′47″N 49°55′11″E / 40.42972°N 49.91972°E / 40.42972; 49.91972 (Baku National Stadium) 59°58′22″N 30°13′13″E / 59.97278°N 30.22028°E / 59.97278; 30.22028 (New Zenit Stadium)
Capacity: 90,000 Capacity: 75,000
Capacity: 72,698
Capacity: 68,700
Capacity: 68,134
New Wembley Stadium and Arch from Olympic Way - geograph.org.uk - 2406320.jpg München - Allianz-Arena (Luftbild).jpg Stadio Olimpico 2008.JPG Baku Olympic Stadium panorama 1.JPG RUS-2016-Aerial-SPB-Krestovsky Stadium 01.jpg
Bucharest Amsterdam Dublin
Arena Națională Johan Cruijff Arena Aviva Stadium
44°26′14″N 26°09′09″E / 44.43722°N 26.15250°E / 44.43722; 26.15250 (Arena Națională) 52°18′51″N 4°56′31″E / 52.31417°N 4.94194°E / 52.31417; 4.94194 (Johan Cruijff Arena) 53°20′6″N 6°13′22″W / 53.33500°N 6.22278°W / 53.33500; -6.22278 (Aviva Stadium)
Capacity: 55,600
Capacity: 56,000
Capacity: 51,700
Stadionul National - National Arena 3.jpg Amsterdam Arena Roof Open.jpg Aviva Stadium(Dublin Arena).JPG
Bilbao Budapest Brussels Glasgow Copenhagen
San Mamés Stadium Puskás Ferenc Stadion Eurostadium Hampden Park Parken Stadium
43°26′0″N 2°59′0″W / 43.43333°N 2.98333°W / 43.43333; -2.98333 (San Mamés Stadium) 47°29′33″N 19°3′5″E / 47.49250°N 19.05139°E / 47.49250; 19.05139 (New Puskás Ferenc Stadium) 50°51′0″N 4°21′0″E / 50.85000°N 4.35000°E / 50.85000; 4.35000 (Eurostadium) 55°49′33″N 4°15′7″W / 55.82583°N 4.25194°W / 55.82583; -4.25194 (Hampden Park) 55°42′08″N 12°34′19″E / 55.70222°N 12.57194°E / 55.70222; 12.57194 (Telia Parken)
Capacity: 53,332
Capacity: 68,000
(new stadium)
Capacity: 62,613
(new stadium)
Capacity: 52,063
Capacity: 38,065
San Mames, Bilbao, Euskal Herria - Basque Country.jpg 2012 Olympic Football - Honduras v Morroco.jpg DONG Cup finalen 2004 Parken.jpg

The 13 venues were selected and announced on 19 September 2014:[18]

The twelve venues hosting group stage matches will be divided into six pairs, with each pair hosting one group. UEFA will draw up five or six lists of pairings, taking into account of sporting strength (assuming all host teams qualify), geography, and security/political constraints, and one list of pairings will be selected by draw in November/December 2017.[19]


There will be no automatic qualifying berth, and all 55 UEFA national teams, including the 13 national teams whose countries will stage matches, must compete in the qualifiers for the 24 places at the finals tournament.[20][21] As the host cities were appointed by UEFA in September 2014, before the qualifiers of UEFA Euro 2020, it is possible for the national teams from the host cities to fail to qualify for the finals tournament.

With the creation of the UEFA Nations League starting in 2018,[22][23][24][25][26] the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League will be linked with UEFA Euro qualifying, providing teams another chance to qualify for UEFA Euro 2020.

The main qualifying process will now begin in March 2019, instead of immediately in September 2018 following the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and will end in November 2019. The format will remain largely the same, although only 20 of the 24 spots for the finals tournament will be decided from the main qualifying process, leaving four spots still to be decided.

Following the admission of Kosovo to UEFA in May 2016, it was announced that the 55 members at the time would be drawn into 10 groups after the completion of the UEFA Nations League (five groups of five teams and five groups of six teams, with the four UEFA Nations League Final Four participants guaranteed to be drawn into groups of five teams), with the top two teams in each group qualifying. The qualifiers will be played on double matchdays in March, June, September, October and November 2019.[27]

Each Nations League division will be allocated one of the four remaining UEFA Euro 2020 places. Four teams from each division which have not already qualified for the Euro finals will compete in the play offs for each division, to be played in March 2020. The play-off berths will be first allocated to each pool winner, and if any of the pool winners have already qualified for the Euro finals, then to the next best ranked team of the division, etc.

If in any division, there are fewer than four teams which have not already qualified for the Euro finals, the play off berths will be allocated to the next best ranked team of the following division, etc.

The winners of the play offs for each division, to be decided by two "one off" semi-finals (best-ranked team vs. fourth best ranked team and second best ranked team vs. third best ranked team, played at home of higher ranked teams) and one "one off" final (venue drawn in advance between the two semi-finals winners), will join the 20 teams which have already qualified for the Euro finals. This means at least one team from each Nations League division will be guaranteed to qualify for the Euro finals.[25][26]


Below is the proposed schedule of the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League and UEFA Euro 2020.[23][24][25][26][27]

Year Month 2018–19 UEFA Nations League UEFA Euro 2020
2018 September Group stage
(Double matchday)
October Group stage
(Double matchday)
November Group stage
(Double matchday)
2019 March Qualifying stage
(Double matchday)
June "Final four competition"
(Semi-finals and final)
Qualifying stage
(Double matchday)
September Qualifying stage
(Double matchday)
October Qualifying stage
(Double matchday)
November Qualifying stage
(Double matchday)
2020 March Qualifying play-offs
(Semi-finals and finals)
June–July Finals tournament


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