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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 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

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 11 host cities in all.

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

Six group games, one quarter-final
Saint Petersburg, Russia: Saint Petersburg Stadium

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

Three group games, one round of 16 game
Amsterdam, Netherlands: Johan Cruijff ArenA
Bucharest, Romania: National Arena Bucharest
Budapest, Hungary: Puskás Aréna
Copenhagen, Denmark: Parken Stadium
Glasgow, Scotland: Hampden Park
Seville, Spain: Stadium La Cartuja Sevilla

Check out the regulations


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.

Will the hosts play their games at home?

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

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 (Stadium La Cartuja Sevilla, Seville)*
Group F: Germany (Fußball Arena München, Munich)*, Hungary (Ferenc Puskás Stadium, Budapest)

The opening game will take place in Rome
The opening game will take place in Rome

*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 2019 to decide which team plays all three group stage games at home; Denmark will have three group home matches and Russia two.

The Stadio Olimpico in Rome will host the opening game.

Where to watch UEFA EURO 2020

Fans can find their local UEFA EURO 2020 broadcast partner(s) here.

How did qualifying work?

Harry Kane: All of his European Qualifiers goals
Harry Kane: All of his European Qualifiers 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).

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

Ticketing update

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UEFA have addressed the questions spectators might have in the official spectator event guide, available on EURO2020.com and the UEFA EURO 2020 App, with additional information about COVID-19 mitigation measures at the stadium and travel information for each host city.

Last chance to return tickets
Anyone wishing to return their tickets could do so on the UEFA ticketing portal, which closed on Thursday 22 April, in order to receive a full refund. Special arrangements will be made for ticket buyers should a venue be changed or should a venue not be able to host any spectators and further details would be communicated in due course.

Cancellation ballot to meet reduced capacities
UEFA will determine if the number of sold tickets that have been retained by ticket holders exceeds the permitted seating capacities of each match. Should this be the case, a ballot will be held in order to determine the additional tickets that will need to be cancelled in order to comply with the decisions of the host country governments. For tickets purchased through the Participating National Associations sales programme, the rules of the respective fan clubs will apply.

Ticket buyers that have been unsuccessful in the ballot will be informed in May.

Tickets for supporters of Hungary, North Macedonia, Scotland and Slovakia
The sale of tickets that have been reserved for the teams (Hungary, North Macedonia, Scotland, Slovakia) that qualified through the EURO 2020 play-offs will start in early May.

What if I want to volunteer?

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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.