The UEFA European Football Championship celebrates its’ sixtieth anniversary in 2020… and UEFA EURO 2020 will have a unique flavour to mark the occasion… Europe will throw open its doors to receive the finals – with twelve nations across the continent hosting the tournament during the summer of 2020. EURO 2020 will be the biggest EURO ever – a true festival of European national team football.
For the first time ever, all 55 UEFA member associations will take part in the qualifying competition, to decide which teams will fill the “20+4” places in the finals – which means that no team is guaranteed an automatic place in the finals. The qualifying competition starts in March 2019 with the European Qualifiers, and ends a year later, in March 2020, when the last four teams book their place via the European Qualifiers play-offs.
Fourteen countries have hosted the finals since 1960. But in 2020, a record 12 nations across Europe will co-host the final tournament – including 7 that will stage matches in the EURO finals for the first time: Azerbaijan, Denmark, Hungary, (the) Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia and Scotland.
EURO 2020 will be the biggest European Championship finals ever. Among the 12 host cities – Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and Saint Petersburg – there are 8 capital cities, and 11 venues boasting a stadium capacity in excess of 50,000. Ticket and hospitality sales begin in June 2019, and extensive volunteer and ceremonies programmes will also be launched in the same year. It means more possibilities than ever before to be part of (the) EURO.
Fans: fun for everyone!
But EURO will offer more than just football…Innovative promotional campaigns and inspiring music will provide the emotive backdrop to the tournament, supported by 12 trophy tours set to take place across Europe as the countdown to the finals begins… Each of the 12 hosts are sure to bring their own special festive atmosphere, with fan festivals staged at iconic locations in every city. The festivals will offer something for everyone – a great time will be guaranteed for fans, families and visitors – a memorable celebration that will be brought right to your doorstep! EURO 2020 will get closer to more fans than ever before – creating an unforgettable atmosphere for a truly unique event.
EURO 2020 will deliver the very best football that Europe’s national teams can offer over 51 matches, with Rome kicking-off the finals when it hosts the opening match on 12 June 2020. All twelve hosts will welcome three group stage matches – including at least two matches of their national team, should they qualify – and one round of 16 or quarter-final game. The climax of the 3 finals will see all roads leading to London. Wembley Stadium will host the two semi-finals and the final – and the new European champions will be crowned on Sunday 12 July 2020. A historic occasion, building new connections between fans, and with footballing glory to play for – UEFA EURO 2020 will be a celebration across all of Europe…for all of Europe.