European Championship: How the Euro 2028 bidding process works – complete guide | Soccer | sport

Earlier this week, the football associations of the four UK countries, plus the Republic of Ireland, announced they would shift their focus away from hosting a World Cup in 2030 to focus on a candidacy for the Euro, in the time of six years. Last summer, England hosted the majority of Euro 2020 matches, facing criticism for how they handled crowd problems that surrounded the showpiece final at Wembley. Here, explains how the bidding process to host Euro 2028 will take place.

Why was a bid for the 2030 World Cup dropped?

English FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said that although both options presented “brilliant” opportunities, after assessing “winnability” a decision was made to bid for Euro 2028.

A statement on behalf of the respective associations said: “Holding a UEFA Euro offers a similar return on investment, with the European tournament resulting in a much lower cost of delivery and the potential for profits to be realized sooner.

“It would be an honor and a privilege to collectively host Euro 2028 and to welcome all of Europe.

“It would also be a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the true impact of hosting a world-class football tournament in driving positive change and leaving a lasting legacy in our communities.”

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Ultimately, the decision comes after the UK government committed £2.8m to a feasibility study into the 2030 World Cup bid.

An analysis of the economic impact, the political landscape of football and the likely costs of hosting major international tournaments were all included in the research.

Julian Knight, chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee, which had previously criticized a bid, said it was ‘unacceptable that £2.8m of taxpayers’ money was wasted on a pipe dream “.

However, the UK government said it supported the decision of the five football associations and added that it remained “passionate about having a World Cup in the UK and Ireland when the time comes”.

Countries wishing to dispute hosting rights will then need to follow the auction schedule for the tournament. It is as follows:

  • 23 March 2022 – Deadline for national associations to confirm their interest in bidding
  • March 30, 2022 – Bid requirements are available to bidders
  • 5 April 2022 – Announcement of bidders by UEFA
  • April 12, 2023 – Deadline for submitting the final application file
  • September 2023 – UEFA Euro 2028 Host(s) Appointment

Are there any other offers on the table?

Turkey has already confirmed its candidacy for Euro 2028, having failed five times (2008, 2012, 2016, 2020 and 2024).

A joint four-nation bid of Romania, Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia has also been submitted.

What are the odds of a UK and Irish bid winning?

The likelihood of a British and Irish bid emerging victorious may be somewhat diminished after crowd unrest marred the Euro 2020 final, between England and Italy.

An independent review of the violence surrounding the game found there would have been ‘horrendous consequences’ had England not lost to Italy – in a penalty shootout.

A total of 6,000 people without tickets were able to breach security and enter Wembley, following 17 “massive breaches”.

The review said fans who illegally enter the stadium “endanger the lives of legitimate fans and staff”.

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