Ireland and Britain’s Euro 2028 bids confirmed – but what happens next?

The UK and Ireland have submitted a formal “Expression of Interest” in hosting Euro 2028.

Here we take a look at what we know about the application so far.

how did we get here

The national associations of England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales were involved in a feasibility study examining a possible bid for the final tournament of the World Cup Centenary in 2030.

However, on February 7, they jointly announced their intention to opt for Euro 2028 instead.

Why did they do this?

English Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham spoke last month about the wider “uncertainty” surrounding the FIFA process. The application rules for 2030 have not yet been confirmed, the international calendar beyond 2024 has not yet been determined. The possibility of a move to biennial world championships seems increasingly unlikely, but overall the European championships were seen as the more attractive option.

Who is still in the running?

Prior to their incursion into Ukraine, interest had been reported from 2018 World Cup hosts Russia, while permanent contenders Turkey were also mentioned. However, the Times reported earlier this week that no further formal bids had been received by UEFA within 24 hours of the deadline, which would appear to give the UK and Ireland bids a clear chance. Certainly no other association has publicly announced its intention to apply.

If it’s the only commandment, then what happens?

UEFA is due to confirm the bidders on April 5, according to the bidding process information it released last October. According to the Times, should the bids from Great Britain and Ireland pass alone, the five associations have until the end of the year to give UEFA the necessary government guarantees on issues such as security, visas and tax exemptions.

Where would games be played?

Wembley would be the obvious favorites to host the final, while any number of Premier League stadiums could be considered. Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, Glasgow’s Hampden Park and Dublin’s Aviva Stadium are also expected to be there, while Northern Ireland are also keen to host games. A redeveloped Casement Park could be an option but Football Association of Ireland chief executive Patrick Nelson made no decision or ruled out anything last month.

Overall, the five associations should easily be able to meet the stadium requirements set by UEFA – at least 10 stadiums in total, one with at least 60,000 seats, one or preferably two out of 50,000, at least four with at least 40,000 seats and at least three with at least 30,000 inhabitants.

Who would qualify?

That is yet to be decided. According to UEFA’s bid information released last year, automatic qualification cannot be guaranteed for more than two hosts. Noel Mooney, chief executive of the Football Association of Wales, said last week the candidate countries had agreed on a “concept” for determining qualification but that UEFA would have the final say. It is widely expected that Euro 2028 will be the first continental finals to feature 32 teams instead of 24.

Is this good news for UEFA?

Very much so. Having hosted Euro 2024 in another major market, Germany, a final tournament to be played in the UK and Ireland promises a significant revenue boost for UEFA and its member associations as they recover from the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic .

There were concerns that the chaos surrounding the Euro 2020 final would have tarnished England’s reputation as a venue for major events, but UEFA remains committed to Wembley and will bring the ‘Finalissima’ match between Italy and Argentina to London in June. while England are also hosting the Women’s Euro this summer. Ireland and Britain’s Euro 2028 bids confirmed – but what happens next?

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