Decision on 13 final tournament hosts to be taken on 19 September 2014
025 - Decision on 13 final tournament hosts to be taken on 19 September 2014
UEFA today announced that by the 25 April deadline set out in the bid regulations, it had received final bid dossiers to host the UEFA EURO 2020 from 19 member associations representing 19 candidate cities.
The UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament will be staged in 13 cities across Europe, following a decision taken by the UEFA Executive Committee in January 2013. The matches will be split into 13 different packages, with 12 standard packages, including three group matches and one knockout round (round of 16 or quarter-finals), and one package for the semi-finals and the final.
Thirty-two member associations had expressed an interest in hosting the tournament by the first deadline of 12 September 2013 and were thus provided with the detailed bid requirements to allow them to prepare their dossiers for the subsequent phase of the process.
The member associations/cities that submitted bid dossiers for the standard package are, in alphabetical order;
Azerbaijan/Baku, Belarus/Minsk, Belgium/Brussels, Bulgaria/Sofia, Denmark/Copenhagen, England/London, FYROM/Skopje, Germany/Munich, Hungary/Budapest, Israel/Jerusalem, Italy/Rome, Netherlands/Amsterdam, Republic of Ireland/Dublin, Romania/Bucharest, Russia/Saint Petersburg, Scotland/Glasgow, Spain/Bilbao, Sweden/Stockholm, Wales/Cardiff.
The member associations/cities that submitted bid dossiers for the semi-finals/final package are, in alphabetical order;
England/London and Germany/Munich.
Commenting on the bidding process, UEFA President Michel Platini said:
"We are extremely happy to have received so many bids to host UEFA EURO 2020. The 60th year anniversary edition of the tournament will be an historic one, with matches played in many European countries.
“By spreading the EURO across our continent, we will allow more fans from more nations to share in the excitement of hosting such a magical event. Member associations will also benefit greatly from this format, since more of them will be exposed to an elite tournament and have the opportunity to increase the development of football in their respective countries.
“I wish all the candidates the best of luck in this bidding process."
The UEFA administration will examine the bid dossiers and prepare written evaluation reports for submission to the UEFA Executive Committee. The final decision on the appointment of the 13 hosts of UEFA EURO 2020 will be taken by the UEFA Executive Committee on 19 September in Geneva.
Further information on the announcement ceremony will be communicated in due course.