The host city and stadia selection process as part of the UK and Ireland UEFA Euro 2028 bid is under way.
While the Irish FA continues to explore stadia development options, the Football Association in England has today opened its host city and stadia selection process.
The move follows the publication of UEFA’s Euro tournament requirements, which was distributed to bidding football associations this week.
The FA has now invited cities and stadia in England to bid to become a tournament venue in 2028 – with the minimum seating capacity to join the selection process needing to be more than 30,000.
The football associations in the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales are managing a separate process in their respective countries as the Irish FA continues to explore options.
The next step in England’s selection process is a ‘Host Cities and Stadia Workshop’ later this month for venues interested in bidding. Representatives from the other partner nations will also be invited to attend.
At the workshop cities and stadia will be informed about the general bid process and timelines, overall tournament requirements, the benefits of being a host city and stadium, and the criteria for the selection process. Further workshops and meetings with potential host cities and stadia will be held in the months ahead.
As England’s marquee football venue, Wembley Stadium will be pre-selected as a preferred venue for the UK and Ireland Euro 2028 bid.
Once the overall city and stadia selection is complete, the UK and Ireland Euro 2028 bid will submit its recommended venues to UEFA later this year. If the bid is successful UEFA will make the final decision and ratify the selection of host cities and stadia in 2023.