UEFA announces tender process for Euro 2028 hosts

SWITZERLAND: Countries interested in hosting the 2028 European Championship must confirm their candidacy by March of next year, European football governing body UEFA said on Tuesday when announcing the bid process for the quadrennial tournament.

UEFA said joint applications from member associations would be allowed as long as the two countries are “geographically compact”, while automatic qualification as a host would not be guaranteed if more than two countries submit a joint application.

Bidders will be announced in April while hosts will be named in September 2023.

The minimum requirements include the availability of 10 stadiums, including one with a capacity of at least 60,000 and two venues with at least 50,000 seats.

Euro 2020, postponed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, took place in 11 cities in Europe in June-July, with Italy beating England in the final at Wembley Stadium.

The 2024 edition will be hosted by Germany, who beat Turkey in a UEFA Executive Committee vote in 2018. – Reuters

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