The nations keen on hosting the 2028 European Championship should confirm their bid by March 2022. Europe’s governing body, UEFA said it on Tuesday as they announced the bidding process for the 18th edition of the premier continental competition.
UEFA Euro 2028 will see a total of 51 matches being played featuring 24 teams, as it has been in the previous two tournaments. UEFA also stated they will permit joint bids, provided the geographical conditions of both countries are compact.
However, the automatic qualification of the host would not be guaranteed if there are more than two countries submitting a joint bid. The reasons cited by UEFA were to ensure compatibility with the competition’s sporting and commercial format. The automatic qualification slot shall be guaranteed to only a single country as it has been implemented in past editions.
The bidders will be announced in April while the hosts are set to be appointed in September 2023. Although, there are certain requirements set forth by the UEFA which needs to be delivered by the hosting nations. The bidding countries should have a minimum of 10 stadiums, with one stadium having a capacity of at least 60,000 and two others with a capacity of 50,000 seats.
The previous edition of Euro 2020 was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and was held in 2021 in 11 cities across Europe in June-July. Italy were the crowned champions of Euro 2020 beating England in the final at Wembley stadium. The Euro 2024 edition is set to be held in Germany who beat Turkey in a vote by UEFA’s Executive Committee in 2018.
As the competition’s regulations have not yet been issued and confirmed, information regarding the dates, the number of participating teams and the number of matches are provisional and may therefore change read the UEFA statement on its official website.