— Published 13 October 2021

UEFA launches Euro 2028 race

The race is on. On Tuesday, October 12th, UEFA officially opened the bidding process for the men’s Euro 2028 football tournament. According to a UEFA press release, interested federations must declare their interest by March 2022 at the latest. The choice of host country or countries will be announced in September 2023. UEFA allows joint bids, provided that the countries concerned “are geographically compact”. However, it will not be able to “guarantee” the automatic qualification of the host country teams if more than two of them join forces. To be valid, a bid must propose at least ten stadiums, including at least one with a seating capacity of 60,000, one with a capacity of 50,000, at least four with a capacity of 40,000 and three with a capacity of 30,000. One question remains: will Euro 2028 compete with the World Cup? As FIFA continues to push forward with its plan for a World Cup every two years, it is possible that both events will be included in the 2028 calendar. This would probably reduce interest in the Euro, which would have an impact on the bidding campaign. Spain, England and Turkey are among the potential candidates to host Euro 2028. A joint Greece-Bulgaria-Serbia-Romania bid is also in the pipeline.