UEFA EURO 2028 will take place in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland after the joint bid from England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales was appointed by the UEFA Executive Committee.
It will be the fifth time the EURO has been staged in multiple nations, following successful tournaments in Belgium and the Netherlands (2000), Austria and Switzerland (2008), Poland and Ukraine (2012) and most recently, EURO 2020, which took place across 11 different nations in the summer of 2021.
UK & Ireland 2028 Bid Partnership statement, “This is a milestone day for UK and Ireland sport. Together, as a pioneering partnership between our Football Associations with full Government support, we are delighted to be appointed hosts of UEFA EURO 2028. The tournament will be a celebration of football and we can’t wait to welcome Europe and the rest of the world to our host cities.”
“Our vision is to develop football, increase participation, and grow a more diverse and inclusive game. We promise to stage an innovative and sustainable tournament that is also the most accessible EURO ever – with a record-breaking three million tickets for fans. UEFA EURO 2028 across the UK and Ireland will also help to drive forward positive social impact, helping communities thrive by creating economic and social legacies.”
Below, we look at some of the key details of the successful bid, and how it will leave a lasting impact once the final whistle is blown.
Venues: where will EURO 2028 matches be played?
Ten stadiums will host matches at EURO 2028, with one each in Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and six in England. An average stadium capacity of 58,000 will see three million tickets go on sale for the tournament, allowing more fans than ever before access to a UEFA EURO tournament.
London: Wembley Stadium
Cardiff: National Stadium of Wales
London: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Manchester: City of Manchester Stadium
Liverpool: Everton Stadium (new stadium)
Newcastle: St James’ Park
Birmingham: Villa Park (to be renovated)
Glasgow: Hampden Park
Dublin: Dublin Arena
Belfast: Casement Park (to be renovated)
Vision: what will EURO 2028’s legacy be for football and society?
EURO 2028 will draw on recent experience from hosting EURO 2020, Women’s EURO 2022 and other major sporting events involving the five host associations in recent years. Expressing a vision of “Football for all. Football for good. Football for the future”, the five host national associations will work together to increase participation, engagement and revenue across the game, leaving a game-changing legacy that lasts far beyond 2028.
Through its Football for all policy, the associations plan to grow a more diverse and inclusive game with new and upgraded facilities, with increases in refereeing and coaching numbers, and more opportunities for grassroots players to access the game, particularly those with disabilities.
Football for good will focus on delivering tangible long-term benefits for society, inspiring sustainable, thriving football clubs and communities. During the tournament, a compact and connected travel plan will ensure 80 per cent of supporters can attend matches via public transport, with a match schedule designed to reduce emissions.
Football for the future focuses on economic benefits, which with government support will help to generate €3 billion across the ten host cities and beyond, creating education, training and sustainability initiatives.