EURO 2020: All you need to know about the tournament

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

All you need to know about UEFA EURO 2020
All you need to know about UEFA EURO 2020 ©UEFA.com

What are the key dates?

The new final tournament dates are 11 June to 11 July 2021.

How does the group stage look?

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, North Macedonia

Group D: England, Croatia, Scotland, Czech Republic

Group E: Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia

Group F: Hungary, Portugal, France, Germany

Full fixture list


Play-offs

Semi-finals were confirmed at a separate draw in Nyon on 22 November 2019 and took place on 8 October 2020:

Path A: Iceland 2-1 Romania, Bulgaria 1-3 Hungary
Path B: Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-1 Northern Ireland (pens: 3-4), Slovakia 0-0 Republic of Ireland (pens 4-2)
Path C: Scotland 0-0 Israel (pens: 5-3), Norway 1-2 Serbia
Path D: Georgia 1-0 Belarus, North Macedonia 2-1 Kosovo

The play-off finals were held on 12 November:

Path A: Hungary 2-1 Iceland
Path B: Northern Ireland 1-2 Slovakia
Path C: Scotland 1-1 Serbia (pens: 4-5)
Path D: Georgia 0-1 North Macedonia

Who are the hosts?

UEFA EURO 2020 is being staged across the continent for the first time in the competition's 60-year history, with 12 designated 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
London
, England: Wembley Stadium

Three group games, one quarter-final
Baku, Azerbaijan: Baku Olympic Stadium
Munich, Germany: Football Arena München
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

How did qualifying work?

Watch all of Lewandowski's qualifying goals
Watch all of Lewandowski's qualifying goals

▪ 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 qualified via the play-offs, which were played on 8 October (semi-finals) and 12 November (finals).

What is the tournament format?

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.

Check out the regulations


Will the hosts play their games at home?

Host nations that qualified were 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)*
Group D: England (Wembley Stadium, London)*, Scotland (Hampden Park, Glasgow)
Group E: Spain (Estadio de San Mamés, Bilbao)*
Group F: Germany (Fußball Arena München, Munich)*, Hungary (Ferenc Puskás Stadium, Budapest)

*Guaranteed to play all three group stage games at home having qualified via the European Qualifiers. Because Russia and Denmark both reached UEFA EURO 2020 via the European Qualifiers, an additional draw was held on 22 November 2019 to decide which team would play their three group matches at home; in consequence, Denmark will have three home matches in the group, Russia two.

The Stadio Olimpico in Rome will host the opening game.

How can fans obtain tickets?

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

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

Tickets were then made available via the participating national associations (PNAs) in an application window that ran from 4–18 December 2019. To be eligible to apply for tickets during this phase, fans had to meet the specific criteria defined by the national associations.

All existing tickets remain valid for the tournament in 2021. Existing ticket buyers who nevertheless wished to return their ticket(s), had a final opportunity to request a refund from 18 June to 25 June 2020 via euro2020.com/tickets. Dates for potential future ticket sales, including for fans of the four teams that qualified via the play-offs, will be confirmed at a later stage.

What if I want to volunteer?

Click here to see if there are any open application windows.

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 UEFA President 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.