The European Championship is having a new format after 59 successive tournaments. The next tournament will mark 60th anniversary, and will see the tournament held across the European continent. Here are all you need to know about the next championship.
How many teams will qualify?
The success of the first 24-team UEFA European Championship – UEFA EURO 2016 – vindicated UEFA’s decision to broaden the net for the final tournament, and 24 sides will be involved again at UEFA EURO 2020. There will be no automatic qualifiers, however, with all the nations with host cities required to earn their place at the finals.
The European Qualifiers – running from March to November 2019 – will send 20 competitors to the tournament, namely the top two teams in each of the ten qualifying groups. Four more countries will qualify via the new UEFA Nations League, with the decisive play-offs to be staged in March 2020.
Why a ‘EURO for Europe’?
“Instead of having a party in one country, we will have a party all over Europe in the summer of 2020,” explained then UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino as he introduced the UEFA EURO 2020 concept in 2012.
“2020 is the 60th anniversary of the European Championship. Obviously the fact the EURO will feature 24 teams instead of 16 puts an additional burden on countries to host such an event. It becomes much more difficult for many countries – the requirements are becoming bigger and bigger.
“An opportunity like this, to give many cities and many countries the possibility to host even just one part of a EURO, is certainly an excellent thing, especially in times when you have an economic situation where you cannot expect countries to invest in facilities in the way such an event requires.”
Fans’ considerations were also taken into account. Consequently, travel distances will be factored in when assigning hosting teams to tournament groups – and where feasible, flights will not exceed two hours’ duration between host cities.
The format will be the same as for UEFA EURO 2016. The top two in each of the six groups will proceed to the round of 16 along with the four best third-placed finishers.
Which cities will host games?
Munich (Germany) – three group matches and a quarter-final
Baku (Azerbaijan) – three group matches and a quarter-final
Rome (Italy) – three group matches and a quarter-final
St Petersburg (Russia) – three group matches and a quarter-final
Brussels (Belgium) – three group matches and a round of 16 match
Copenhagen (Denmark) – three group matches and a round of 16 match
Budapest (Hungary) – three group matches and a round of 16 match
Amsterdam (Netherlands) – three group matches and a round of 16 match
Dublin (Republic of Ireland) – three group matches and a round of 16 match
Bucharest (Romania) – three group matches and a round of 16 match
Glasgow (Scotland) – three group matches and a round of 16 match
Bilbao (Spain) – three group matches and a round of 16 match
London (England) – see below
Where will the semi-finals and final be?
The semi-finals and final of UEFA EURO 2020 will be held at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
The decision by the UEFA Executive Committee means England can prepare to stage a third major footballing championship after the 1966 FIFA World Cup and EURO ’96.