EURO 2020: all you need to know about the tournament

When and where is it, who’s playing who, how will it work and how can you be there? All you need to know about EURO 2020.

UEFA EURO 2020: all you need to know
UEFA EURO 2020: all you need to know ©

What are the key dates?

26/03/2020: Play-off semi-finals
31/03/2020: Play-off finals
12/06/2020: Opening game: Turkey v Italy, Olimpico in Rome
12/07/2020: Final, Wembley Stadium (London)

How does the group stage look?

The group stage draw took place in Bucharest on Saturday 30 November.

Portugal v France: Their previous EURO meetings
Portugal v France: Their previous EURO meetings

Group A: Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland

Group B: Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia

Group C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, Play-off winner D (A)*

Group D: England, Croatia, Play-off winner C, Czech Republic

Group E: Spain, Sweden, Poland, Play-off winner B

Group F: Play-off winner A (D)*, Portugal, France, Germany

*Play-off Winner A is allocated to Group F and Play-off Winner D to Group C. If Romania qualify as Path A winners, they will play in Group C and Play-off Winner D will be switched to Group F. The play-off winners will be known in March 2020.


Who are the hosts?

UEFA EURO 2020 is being held across the continent for the first time in the competition's 60-year history, with 12 host cities in all.

Check out the UEFA EURO 2020 host cities
Check out the UEFA EURO 2020 host cities

Final and semi-finals, one round of 16 game, three group games
, England: Wembley Stadium

Three group games, one quarter-final
Baku, Azerbaijan: Baku Olympic Stadium
Munich, Germany: Football Arena Munich
Rome, Italy: Olimpico in Rome
Saint Petersburg, Russia: Saint Petersburg Stadium

Three group games, one round of 16 game
Amsterdam, Netherlands: Johan Cruijff ArenA
Bilbao, Spain: San Mamés Stadium
Bucharest, Romania: National Arena Bucharest
Budapest, Hungary: Puskás Aréna
Copenhagen, Denmark: Parken Stadium
Dublin, Republic of Ireland: Dublin Arena
Glasgow, Scotland: Hampden Park

Will any hosts qualify automatically?

The road to UEFA EURO 2020 explained
The road to UEFA EURO 2020 explained

There are no automatic qualifiers, with all the nations with host cities required to earn their place at the finals.

How did qualifying work?

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.

▪ Twenty teams – the top two in each of the ten groups – reached the tournament via the European Qualifiers, running from March to November 2019.

▪ Four more countries will qualify via the new UEFA Nations League, with the decisive play-offs to be staged in March 2020.

What is the tournament format?

How the play-offs for UEFA EURO 2020 work
How the play-offs for UEFA EURO 2020 work

The format will be the same as for UEFA EURO 2016. The top two in each of the six final tournament groups will proceed to the round of 16 along with the four best third-placed finishers.

Read more in the competition regulations.

Will the hosts play their games at home?

Host nations that qualify are automatically placed in the following groups.

Group A: Italy (Olimpico in Rome)*
Group B: Russia (Saint Petersburg Stadium), Denmark (Parken Stadium, Copenhagen)*
Group C: Netherlands (Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam)*, Romania (National Arena Bucharest)
Group D: England (Wembley Stadium, London)*, Scotland (Hampden Park, Glasgow)
Group E: Spain (San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao)*, Republic of Ireland (Dublin Arena)
Group F: Germany (Football Arena Munich)*, Hungary (Puskás Aréna, Budapest)

*Guaranteed to play all three group stage games at home having qualified via the European Qualifiers. As Russia and Denmark both reached UEFA EURO 2020 via the European Qualifiers, an additional draw was held on 22 November to decide which team plays all three group stage games at home; Denmark will have three group home matches and Russia two.

The Olimpico in Rome will host the opening game.

Why is it being held across 12 countries?

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"There is great pleasure in being able to bring EURO 2020 to so many countries and cities, to see football acting as a bridge between nations, and to carry the competition closer to the fans, who are the essential lifeblood of the game," says UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin.

How can fans obtain tickets?

Approximately 2.5 million tickets for UEFA EURO 2020 are set to be sold to fans, with applications for the first tranche of 1.5m having taken place on from 12 June to 12 July 2019.

Unsuccessful applicants become part of the UEFA 'Fans First' programme, meaning they are the first to know about any future opportunities to purchase tickets.

The next opportunity to apply for tickets started on Wednesday 4 December 2019 when tickets were made available to fans through the participating national associations (PNAs). However, to be eligible to apply for tickets during this phase, fans must meet the specific criteria defined by the national associations. Fans have until 14:00 CET on Wednesday 18 December to apply.

What if I want to volunteer?

Volunteers will be crucial to the running of UEFA EURO 2020. The objective of the volunteer programme is to integrate and gather the population across Europe, as well as creating a legacy for the host countries.

Who are the ambassadors?

A host of former EURO winners are among a star-studded line-up of ambassadors. "We look forward to their involvement in supporting UEFA EURO 2020 – an event that will be much closer to football fans than ever before," said Aleksander Čeferin. Check out the full list of ambassadors here.

Who is the mascot?

Skillzy, a larger-than-life character inspired by freestyling, street and panna culture.