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UEFA Euro 2028 bids

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The then-UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (centre), with England captain Harry Kane (left) and England manager Gareth Southgate (right), at St George's Park, in October 2023

The bidding process for UEFA Euro 2028 was the process by which the location for the 18th European Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2028, has been selected.

Hosting requirements[edit]

Bid requirements must contain specific criteria relating to the respect of human rights, based on the United Nations "Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights".[1][2][3]

The tournament is expected to follow the format of the 2016, 2020 and 2024 editions, with a total of 51 matches taking place for a duration of up to 32 days, with 24 teams competing in the tournament.

The required capacities for the ten stadiums were as follows:[4]

  • 1 stadium with 60,000 seats
  • 1 stadium (preferably 2) with 50,000 seats
  • 4 stadiums with 40,000 seats
  • 3 stadiums with 30,000 seats

Schedule[edit]

Date[5] Notes
27 September 2021 Applications formally invited
23 March 2022, 18:00 CET Closing date for registering intention to bid
30 March 2022 Bid requirements made available to bidders
5 April 2022 Announcement of bidders
28 April 2022 Opening workshop for bidders
16 November 2022[6] Submission of preliminary bid dossier
12 April 2023 Submission of final bid dossier
10 October 2023[7] Bid presentation and announcement of host

Bids[edit]

Confirmed bids[edit]

England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales[edit]

Host cities and venues of UEFA Euro 2028

England England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland, Scotland Scotland, and Wales Wales – On 5 January 2022, the football associations of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland announced a joint Ireland and Home Nations bid for the UEFA Euro 2028, which meant their own 2030 World Cup bid would be unsustainable.[8][9] The five associations confirmed on 7 February that they would drop their 2030 interest and would instead focus on Euro 2028.[10] On 5 March 2022, media outlets in Ireland and UK erroneously reported that the Ireland and UK bid would be the sole remaining bid, with Turkey set to withdraw its bid, and Russia barred from applying.[11][12]

On 12 April 2023, the 10 host stadiums were revealed:[13][14]

The stadium shortlist as of 16 November 2022 included 14 host stadiums. The four stadiums not on the final list were:[1]

Northern Ireland Stadium[edit]

The inclusion of Casement Park as the Northern Irish venue due to Casement Park not currently being available due to redevelopment work, and its inclusion over Windsor Park, led to Unionist protests. Windsor Park does not have a capacity large enough to comply with UEFA rules for hosting European Championship matches. This led to Casement Park being included as the Northern Irish venue instead. Windsor Park, Northern Ireland's national football stadium, is located in a majority unionist area, whereas Casement Park, Northern Ireland's national stadium for hurling and Gaelic football, in a majority nationalist area. The stadium is named for Sir Roger Casement, a British diplomat who was hanged in 1916 for his role in the Easter Rising. Protests have been held regarding the inclusion of Casement Park with the theme being that the protestors do not want to attend games at the venue, due to its history and location.[15][16][17][18]

Previously expressed interest in bidding[edit]

These countries previously expressed interest in bidding, but did not submit a bid

At the meeting in February 2019 of the Ministers of Youth and Sports of Romania (Constantin Bogdan Matei); Bulgaria (Krasen Kralev); Serbia (Vanja Udovičić) and Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports of Greece (Giorgos Vasileiadis), it was officially confirmed that these four countries would submit joint candidacy for the organisation of the Euro 2028 and 2030 FIFA World Cup.[23][24][25]

Abandoned bids[edit]

Italy[edit]

 Italy – In February 2019, Italian Football Federation President Gabriele Gravina told Sky Sport Italia that the federation was considering a bid.[26] The bid was proposed again by Gravina some few days after Italy's win at Euro 2020.[27] In February 2022, the Italian federation announced it would bid for Euro 2032, instead of 2028, as it would allow them more time to redevelop facilities.[28]

Turkey[edit]

 Turkey – On 15 August 2019, the Türkiye Football Federation announced that Turkey would bid to host Euro 2028.[29] The Federation confirmed the submission of its application on 23 March 2022.[30] Turkey's bid is the sixth consecutive bid of the country, having been unsuccessful on the previous five occasions (2008, 2012, 2016, 2020, and 2024). On 12 April 2023, TFF revealed a list 10 stadiums for both 2028 and 2032 bids:[31]

On 28 July 2023, UEFA received request from TFF and FGIC to merge their 2032 hosting bids into a combined bid. On 4 October 2023 - it was announced that Turkey had withdrawn their bid.[32]

Ineligible bids[edit]

  •  Russia – On 12 June 2021, Alexej Sorokin, the organising committee director of Euro 2020 host Saint Petersburg, proposed an application from Russia for Euro 2028 or 2032.[33] This was reaffirmed on 23 March 2022, the deadline for bids.[34] On 2 May 2022, UEFA declared their bids for 2028 and 2032 as ineligible due to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, citing that it breaches article 16.2 of the Bid Regulations, which state "each bidder shall ensure that it does not act in a manner that could bring UEFA, any other bidder, the bidding procedure or European football into disrepute".[35]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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