The European Championship enters new territory in 2020 with the match happening in quite a lot of international locations throughout the continent.

Governing physique UEFA has determined to stage “a celebration throughout Europe” to mark 60 years because the inaugural match and, for the second time in historical past, it’ll characteristic 24 groups.

With the competitors being held in quite a lot of international locations, there isn’t any automated qualifier, and every of UEFA’s member nations must earn their place on the finals.

The qualification course of has modified considerably and the introduction of the Nations League has led to some confusion, however fortunately Aim is right here to interrupt issues down.

Euro 2020 hosts

In 2020 the European Championship will likely be held in 12 completely different venues throughout 12 completely different cities in 12 completely different nations.

Of the 12 venues, all will stage no less than three group stage video games and a knock-out spherical tie every. The breakdown of venues and video games could be seen within the desk beneath.

Video games Nation Metropolis Stadium
Group stage & Spherical of 16 Denmark Copenhagen Parken Stadium
Group stage & Spherical of 16 Hungary Budapest Ferenc Puskas Stadium
Group stage & Spherical of 16 Eire Dublin Aviva Stadium
Group stage & Spherical of 16 Netherlands Amsterdam Johann Cruijff Enviornment
Group stage & Spherical of 16 Romania Bucharest Enviornment Nationala
Group stage & Spherical of 16 Scotland Glasgow Hampden Park
Group stage & Spherical of 16 Spain Bilbao San Mames Stadium
Group stage & Quarter-final Azerbaijan Baku Nationwide Stadium
Group stage & Quarter-final Germany Munich Allianz Enviornment
Group stage & Quarter-final Italy Rome Stadio Olimpico
Group stage & Quarter-final Russia Saint Petersburg Krestovsky Stadium
Group stage, Spherical of 16, Semi-finals & Closing England London Wembley Stadium

Why is Euro 2020 being held throughout 12 venues?

The choice to broaden the European Championship to span the continent as a substitute of being confined to 1 or two host nations was made by UEFA’s Govt Committee in 2012 as a solution to mark the 60th anniversary of the match. 

FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who was then UEFA Common Secretary, defined that “as a substitute of getting a celebration in a single nation, we can have a celebration throughout Europe in the summertime of 2020.” 

“A chance like this, to present many cities and plenty of international locations the chance to host even only one a part of a EURO, is actually a wonderful factor, particularly in occasions when you could have an financial scenario the place you can’t anticipate international locations to put money into amenities in the best way that such an occasion requires,” mentioned Infantino. 

It stays unclear whether or not UEFA will proceed with such an method to the staging of their flagship worldwide match after 2020, however Infantino has recommended that it will be a one-off.

The place is the Euro 2020 remaining?

The ultimate of Euro 2020 will likely be held at Wembley Stadium in London, which is the house of the England nationwide workforce, who completed fourth within the 2018 World Cup. The venue, affectionately often called ‘The House of Soccer’, will even be used for the 2 semi-final video games.

Redeveloped and re-opened in 2007, the brand new state-of-the-art facility has a capability of 90,000 and has hosted FA Cup and League Cup finals, in addition to the Neighborhood Protect.

Wembley (in its former guise) beforehand staged the ultimate of the European Championship in 1996 when England hosted the match. The unique Wembley was additionally used for the 1966 World Cup remaining.

Euro 2020 format

Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal France UEFA Euro 10072016

As talked about above, Euro 2020 will characteristic 24 groups following UEFA’s resolution to broaden the variety of contributors from 2016.

The format for the ultimate match would be the similar as its predecessor Euro 2016, that means that there will likely be six teams comprised of 4 groups.

As with Euro 2016, the winner and runner-up in every group, in addition to the 4 greatest third-placed sides progress to the spherical of 16.

Euro 2020 qualifiers

Antoine Griezmann France 2018

Qualification for Euro 2020 will incorporate a brand new system, whereby the majority of the groups qualify by the standard group technique and 4 locations are determined by the UEFA Nations League.

The Euro 2020 qualifiers will happen between March and November 2019 and a complete of 20 groups will progress from this section. The remaining 4 locations will likely be determined by the 2018-19 Nations League, with play-off video games set for March 2020.

Euro 2020 qualifying teams and draw

Dublin would be the venue for the Euro 2020 qualifying draw, which will likely be held on the Conference Centre on December 2, 2018.

The qualifying draw will even be broadcast dwell to a worldwide viewers as European groups uncover who they have to overcome as a way to safe a spot on the remaining match.

UEFA’s 55 member nations are eligible to compete and will likely be divided into 10 teams. There will likely be 5 teams of 5 groups and 5 teams of six groups with the highest two groups in every group securing qualification.

What’s the UEFA Nations League?

The UEFA Nations League is a contest for UEFA’s 55 members, which ran for the primary time in 2018. It’s going to consisted of 4 completely different divisions (or ‘Leagues’) and has three levels.

Every League will yield a qualifier for Euro 2020, which will likely be determined by way of play-offs between the groups that haven’t already certified for the finals.

Take a look at UEFA’s helpful visible information to the method beneath.

UEFA Nations League Euro 2020 qualifying

The play-off spots will likely be allotted to the winner of every group, but when the winner has already certified, the berth will go to the following greatest ranked workforce – that has not certified – in that league.

You possibly can learn our in-depth explainer for the Nations League right here.

Euro 2020 draw

David Trezeguet Euro 2016 draw

The date on which the draw for Euro 2020 will happen has not but been introduced, however it’s prone to happen after all of the certified groups are identified in March 2020.

The draw for Euro 2016 happened within the December earlier than the match, however that ought to change on condition that the character of qualification has been altered with the Nations League.

There have been 4 seeding pots for the 2016 draw and, as a result of the format of the ultimate match stays the identical, the identical method is prone to be utilized to Euro 2020.

UEFA’s nationwide workforce coefficient rating was used to find out which groups populated every pot for the Euro 2016 draw and, until there are drastic adjustments, that will even be the case in 2020.

Euro 2020 tickets

Ireland fans Euro 2016 5

Provided that the match is 2 years away, it is going to be some time earlier than we now have clear particulars relating to tickets for Euro 2020.

Nevertheless, UEFA seems like it is going to be primarily utilizing their ticket portal for gross sales. In actual fact, followers can already create an account on UEFA’s Euro 2020 ticket portal to register their curiosity in tickets for the competitors.

By creating an account, followers will hear immediately from the European governing physique relating to ticket gross sales and so they can tailor their account to specify which groups they would favor to see, what venues they want to go to and so forth.

Who’re the favourites to win Euro 2020?

France will go into the match agency favourites after successful the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba will nonetheless be key gamers inside Les Bleus’ squad.

World Cup 2018 runners-up Croatia will even be in robust competition to win the match, with Euro 2020 presumably being the final main worldwide match for a lot of of their golden era corresponding to Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Ivan Perisic, Mario Mandzukic and Danijel Subasic.

Different groups anticipated to do properly are semi-finalists Belgium, Spain and England, the latter of whom will each need to ‘convey soccer house’ after equalling their greatest effort in 50 years with a semi-final berth this summer season.

World Cup 2014 winners Germany will even need to redeem themselves after being knocked out on the group stage on this 12 months’s match.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal will intention to defend the title they received in opposition to the percentages in 2016. Outsiders who certified for World Cup 2018 knockout levels consists of Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden.

Italy and Wales had memorable European Championships final time round and will likely be hoping for extra of the identical, whereas Netherlands will likely be aiming to qualify for his or her first main match in six years.

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