2020 UEFA European Football Championship

Euro 2020, the most significant football tournament for Europe and, too, one of the most significant ones worldwide, is already attracting huge attention. Not only the expectations for high class matches, but also the choice of more than one country and a number of cities where the matches will take place will bring together fans and nations. A host of fans in different European countries will have access to matches taking place nearer them.

The new European champion will get the right to participate in the Confederations Cup event in 2021.

A tournament around Europe, in a number of cities in different countries.

This tournament, the 16th one of the European football championship, will be organised in 13 countries and in 13 cities in Europe. The exact date of its kickoff will be determined later on.

According to Michel Platini, the former UEFA President, it will be a fitting celebration of the 60 years of history of the European football organisation. The selection of the host cities does not automatically bring the right to participate for the countries where these cities are located.

Where Euro 2020 will take place: the venues

From the initial list of venues, which contained 19, 12 venues were selected. There were two bids for the venue for the finals, out of which that of London won. The selected venues were announced on 19 September 2014.

For the group stage and for the round of 16, the following hosting cities were appproved: Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Bilbao in Spain, Brussels in Belgium, Bucharest in Romania, Budapest in Hungary, Copenhagen in Denmark, Dublin in the Republic of Ireland, Glasgow in Scotland.

For the group stage and for the quarter-finals, the following cities were selected: Baku in Azerbaijan, Munich in Germany, Rome in Italy, and Saint Petersbrug in Russia.

For the semi-finals and for the final, London in England was appointed. The Wembley Stadium in London last hosted Euro Championship matches, including the final match, in 1996; but it is now considered a different stadium, because it has undergone major renovations.

Out of the venues on which Euro 2020 matches will take place, the largest one is London's Wembley Stadium, with 61,090 seats. The smallest one is Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark, with 38,190 seats.

The average number of matches to be played per venue is 5.1.



The selection of the 24 teams for the Euro 2020

The total of 24 teams which will comprise the finalists to play in Euro 2020 will comprise 20 teams which will pass the European qualifiers in the period from March until November 2019, when the top two ones of the teams in each of the groups will become the participants in Euro 2020.

The other four teams places will be filled by the top national teams in the UEFA Nations League; the decisive playoffs for them will take place in March 2020.

The possibilities for the teams of hosting countries to play games at home

For each host that has qualified, two games at home will be guaranteed, but only in the group phase. As for the knockouts, there will be no such guarantee; in each of the six groups, maximum two hosting teams will be comprised.

How the venues for the matches will be distributed

The list of pairs of venues for the matches in the group stage will be drawn by the end of 2017. Five or six such lists will be composed by UEFA, and considerations such as security, political limitations, etc. will be taken account of in the composing. The drawn list of six pairs for the group stage matches will be known after the draw.

Whereas the composition of the groups will be decided by a draw, the travel distances will be taken into consideration when allocating the hosting teams to the groups.

The UEFA Nations League 2018: one of the tournaments for qualifying for Euro 2020

The League tournament is due to start in 2018. It is to be a competition comprising the national teams of the associations which are members of UEFA. They will compete in the first tournament, to kick off in September 2018 and to continue until June 2019. That tournament will replace the international friendlies played according to the Match Calendar of FIFA. It will also play the role of a qualifying tournament for the UEFA Euro championship.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018%E2%80%9319_UEFA_Nations_League – Nations League schedule

The qualifiers

The UEFA national teams, 55 in number, will compete in the qualifying matches, and the best ones will become the 24 participants in the Euro tournament. The national teams of the countries where the 13 venues are located will also play in the qualifying matches. But the fact that they will have host cities for Euro 2020 will not influence the selection of these teams for participation in the tournament.

The qualifying activities will commence in March 2019, and will continue until November 2019.

After Kosovo became a member of UEFA in May 2016, the national teams became 55. It was decided to divide the 55 qualifying teams into 10 groups. Five of these groups will be comprised of 5 teams, and the other 5 groups will be comprised by 6 teams.

The qualifiers will take place in March, then June, then September, October, and November 2019. The four participating teams in the UEFA Nations League finals will be guaranteed the drawing into groups of 5 teams. In the qualifiers, the top two teams in each of the groups will qualify.

For the four remaining places for participation in Euro 2020, the participating teams will qualify from the Nations League divisions. For each division, four teams which have not qualified for the Euro 2020 already will participate in playoffs. If in a division fewer than four teams have remained that have not qualified for Euro 2020 already, the playoffs will include the next best ranking teams in the next division. Thus, with the winners in the playoffs for each of the Nations League divisions, and with the addition of the main 20 teams already having qualified for Euro 2020, the total number of participating national teams will become 24.