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The 2020 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2020 or simply Euro 2020, is scheduled to be the 16th UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international men’s football championship of Europe organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).[1]

The tournament, to be held in 12 cities in 12 UEFA countries, was originally scheduled to take place from 12 June to 12 July 2020. On 17 March 2020, UEFA announced that the tournament would be delayed by a year due to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in Europe, and proposed it take place from 11 June to 11 July 2021. The competition was postponed in order to reduce pressure on the public services in affected countries and to provide space in the calendar for the completion of domestic leagues that had been suspended.[2]

Former UEFA President Michel Platini said the tournament is being hosted in several nations as a “romantic” one-off event to celebrate the 60th “birthday” of the European Championship competition.[3] Having the largest capacity of any of the stadiums entered for the competition, Wembley Stadium in London is scheduled to host the semi-finals and final for the second time, having done so before at the 1996 tournament in the stadium’s former incarnation. The Stadio Olimpico in Rome was chosen to host the opening game, involving Turkey and hosts Italy.

Portugal are the defending champions, having won the 2016 edition. For the first time, the video assistant referee (VAR) system will be used at the UEFA European Championship.[4]

Bid process

While some countries had already expressed an interest in bidding to host the tournament,[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12] then-UEFA President Michel Platini suggested at a press conference on 30 June 2012, a day before the UEFA Euro 2012 Final, that instead of having one host country (or joint hosting by multiple countries), the tournament could be spread over “12 or 13 cities” across the continent.[13] At the time, UEFA already used a similar system for the UEFA European Under-17 Championship’s Elite Round, where each of the seven groups is hosted by a different country.

European format decision

On 6 December 2012, UEFA announced the tournament would be held in multiple cities across Europe to mark the 60th anniversary of the tournament.[14][15] The selection of the host cities did not guarantee an automatic qualifying berth to the national team of that country.

UEFA reasoned that the pan-European staging of the tournament was the logical decision at a time of financial difficulty across Europe.[16][17] Reaction to UEFA’s plan was mixed across Europe.[18] Critics have cited the expanded format (from 31 matches featuring 16 nations to 51 featuring 24) and its associated additional costs as the decisive factor for only one nation (Turkey) having put forward a serious bid.[19]

Bidding venues

The final list of bids was published by UEFA on 26 April 2014, with a decision on the hosts being made by the UEFA Executive Committee on 19 September 2014. There were two bids for the Finals Package (of which one was successful, marked with blue for semi-finals and final) and 19 bids for the Standard Package (of which 12 were initially successful, marked with green for quarter-finals and group stage, and yellow for round of 16 and group stage); Brussels, marked with red, were initially selected but removed from the list of venues by UEFA on 7 December 2017 and the planned games there were moved to Wembley.[20][21][22]

  Successful bid for group stage and round of 16
  Successful bid for group stage and quarter-finals
  Successful bid for semi-finals and final. Later added: Group stage and round of 16
  Successful bid for group stage and round of 16 at first but later removed from list
  Unsuccessful bid (either rejected as judged by UEFA to not fulfill the bid requirements, or eliminated by vote)
Country City Venue Capacity Package Result
 Azerbaijan Baku Olympic Stadium 68,700 Standard Package Group stage and quarter-finals
 Belarus Minsk Dinamo Stadium 34,000 (to be expanded to 39,000) Standard Package Rejected
 Belgium Brussels Eurostadium (proposed new national stadium) 50,000 (62,613 potentially) Standard Package Group stage and round of 16
(later cancelled)
 Bulgaria Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 43,000 (to be expanded to 50,000) Standard Package Rejected
 Denmark Copenhagen Parken Stadium 38,065 Standard Package Group stage and round of 16
 England London Wembley Stadium 90,000 Finals Package
(withdrawn Standard Package)
Semi-finals and final
Group stage and round of 16 (later added)
 Germany Munich Allianz Arena 75,000 Standard Package, Finals Package Group stage and quarter-finals
 Hungary Budapest Puskás Aréna 56,000 (proposed new 67,215 stadium) Standard Package Group stage and round of 16
 Israel Jerusalem Teddy Stadium 34,000 (to be expanded to 53,000) Standard Package Rejected
 Italy Rome Stadio Olimpico 72,698 Standard Package Group stage and quarter-finals
 Macedonia Skopje Philip II Arena 33,460 Standard Package Rejected
 Netherlands Amsterdam Johan Cruyff Arena 54,990 (to be expanded to around 56,000) Standard Package Group stage and round of 16
 Republic of Ireland Dublin Aviva Stadium 51,700 Standard Package Group stage and round of 16
 Romania Bucharest Arena Națională 55,600 Standard Package Group stage and round of 16
 Russia Saint Petersburg Krestovsky Stadium 68,134 Standard Package Group stage and quarter-finals
 Scotland Glasgow Hampden Park 52,063 Standard Package Group stage and round of 16
 Spain Bilbao San Mamés 53,332 Standard Package Group stage and round of 16
 Sweden Solna, Stockholm Friends Arena 54,329 Standard Package Eliminated
 Wales Cardiff Millennium Stadium 74,500 Standard Package Eliminated

Coronavirus pandemic and postponement

In 2020, the pandemic in Europe of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) raised concerns regarding its potential impact on players, staff and visitors to the twelve host cities of the tournament.[23] At the UEFA Congress in early March, UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin said the organisation was confident that the situation could be dealt with, while general secretary Theodore Theodoridis stated that UEFA was maintaining contact with the World Health Organization and national governments regarding the coronavirus.[24] The impact on football grew later that month, as numerous domestic and UEFA competition matches began taking place behind closed doors. By 13 March 2020, upcoming UEFA competition fixtures were postponed, while major European leagues were suspended, including the Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1, Premier League and Serie A.[25]

UEFA held a videoconference on 17 March 2020 with representatives of its 55 member associations, along with a FIFPro representative and the boards of the European Club Association and European Leagues, to discuss the response to the outbreak for domestic and European competitions, including the Euro.[26] At the meeting, UEFA announced that the tournament would be postponed to the following year, proposing that it take place from 11 June to 11 July 2021.[27] The postponement allowed for pressure to be reduced on the public services in affected countries, while also providing space in the calendar for domestic European leagues that had been suspended to complete their seasons.[2] On the following day, the Bureau of the FIFA Council approved the date change in the FIFA International Match Calendar. As a result, the expanded FIFA Club World Cup, which was due to take place in June and July 2021, will be rescheduled.[28]


There is no automatic qualifying berth, and all 55 UEFA national teams, including the 12 national teams whose countries are scheduled to stage matches, must compete in the qualifiers for the 24 places at the finals tournament.[29][30] As the host cities were appointed by UEFA in September 2014, before the qualifiers, it is possible for the national teams from the host cities to fail to qualify for the finals tournament.

The qualifying draw was held on 2 December 2018 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.[31]

The main qualifying process started in March 2019, instead of immediately in September 2018 following the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and ended in November 2019. The format remains largely the same, although only 20 of the 24 spots for the finals tournament are to be decided from the main qualifying process, leaving four spots still to be decided. Following the admission of Kosovo to UEFA in May 2016, it was announced that the 55 members at the time would be drawn into ten groups after the completion of the UEFA Nations League (five groups of five teams and five groups of six teams, with the four participants of the UEFA Nations League Finals guaranteed to be drawn into groups of five teams), with the top two teams in each group qualifying. The qualifiers were played on double matchdays in March, June, September, October and November 2019.[32]

With the creation of the UEFA Nations League starting in 2018,[33][32][34][35] the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League was linked with Euro qualifying, providing teams another chance to qualify for the tournament. Four teams from each division that have not already qualified for the European Championship are to compete in the play-offs for each division. The winners of the play-offs for each division, to be decided by two one-off semi-finals (the best-ranked team vs. the fourth-best-ranked team, and the second-best-ranked team vs. the third-best-ranked team, played at home of higher ranked teams) and one one-off final (with the venue drawn in advance between the two semi-finals winners), are scheduled to join the 20 teams that have already qualified for the tournament.[35]

Qualified teams

Of the currently 20 teams that have qualified for the tournament, 17 are returning from the 2016 edition. Among them are Belgium and Italy, who both recorded flawless qualifying campaigns (10 wins in 10 matches),[36][37] defending European champions Portugal and world champions France, with Germany also qualifying for a record 13th straight European Championship.[38]Finland will make their European Championship debut, having never previously qualified for a major tournament.[39] The Netherlands and Denmark returned after missing out in 2016, with the Dutch featuring in a major tournament for the first time since 2014.[40][41] For the first time, Austria and Wales reached successive European Championship tournaments.[42][43]Greece, winners in 2004, were the only former champions that failed to qualify, missing their second straight European Championship and third consecutive major tournament.[44]

Of the twelve host countries, seven managed to qualify directly for the tournament. Four will enter the play-offs, with a maximum of three being able to qualify, while Azerbaijan were entirely eliminated following the qualifying group stage.[45]

Team[A] Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[B]
 Belgium Group I winner 10 October 2019 5 (1972, 1980, 1984, 2000, 2016)
 Italy Group J winner 12 October 2019 9 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
 Russia[C] Group I runner-up 13 October 2019 11 (1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
 Poland Group G winner 13 October 2019 3 (2008, 2012, 2016)
 Ukraine Group B winner 14 October 2019 2 (2012, 2016)
 Spain Group F winner 15 October 2019 10 (1964, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
 France Group H winner 14 November 2019 9 (1960, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
 Turkey Group H runner-up 14 November 2019 4 (1996, 2000, 2008, 2016)
 England Group A winner 14 November 2019 9 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2012, 2016)
 Czech Republic[D] Group A runner-up 14 November 2019 9 (1960, 1976, 1980, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
 Finland Group J runner-up 15 November 2019 0 (debut)
 Sweden Group F runner-up 15 November 2019 6 (1992, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
 Croatia Group E winner 16 November 2019 5 (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
 Austria Group G runner-up 16 November 2019 2 (2008, 2016)
 Netherlands Group C runner-up 16 November 2019 9 (1976, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Germany[E] Group C winner 16 November 2019 12 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
 Portugal Group B runner-up 17 November 2019 7 (1984, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
  Switzerland Group D winner 18 November 2019 4 (1996, 2004, 2008, 2016)
 Denmark Group D runner-up 18 November 2019 8 (1964, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2012)
 Wales Group E runner-up 19 November 2019 1 (2016)


The venues were selected and announced by UEFA on 19 September 2014.[46] However, the UEFA Executive Committee removed Brussels as a host city on 7 December 2017 due to delays with the building of the Eurostadium. The four matches (three group stage, one round of 16) initially scheduled to be held in Brussels were reallocated to London. Therefore, Wembley Stadium will host a total of seven matches, as London was already chosen to host the semi-finals and final of the tournament.[47] On 7 December 2017, it was also announced that the opening match would take place at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, chosen ahead of Amsterdam, Glasgow and Saint Petersburg. UEFA decided that, should they qualify, the opening match would feature Italy.[47][48]

Of the 12 selected cities and countries, 8 cities and 7 countries have never hosted a European Championship finals match before. Bilbao was not a venue when Spain hosted the 1964 European Nations’ Cup, and none of Azerbaijan, Denmark, Hungary, Romania, Republic of Ireland, Russia, or Scotland has hosted the tournament previously. Of the 12 selected stadia, only 2 have hosted a European Championship match before: the Stadio Olimpico (1968 and 1980) and the Johan Cruyff Arena (2000). The original Wembley stadium hosted games and the final in UEFA Euro 1996, but although it stands on the same site, this is classified as a different stadium to the current Wembley Stadium.

England London Germany Munich Italy Rome Azerbaijan Baku
Wembley Stadium Allianz Arena Stadio Olimpico Olympic Stadium
Capacity: 90,000 Capacity: 75,000 Capacity: 72,698 Capacity: 68,700
Wembley-Stadion 2013 16x10.jpg München - Allianz-Arena (Luftbild).jpg
Russia Saint Petersburg
UEFA Euro 2020 is located in Europe

Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg
Hungary Budapest
Krestovsky Stadium Puskás Aréna
Capacity: 68,134 Capacity: 67,215
Spb 06-2017 img42 Krestovsky Stadium.jpg Puskás Aréna 05.jpg
Romania Bucharest Netherlands Amsterdam
Arena Națională Johan Cruyff Arena
Capacity: 55,600 Capacity: 54,990
Amsterdam Arena Roof Open.jpg
Spain Bilbao Scotland Glasgow Republic of Ireland Dublin Denmark Copenhagen
San Mamés Hampden Park Aviva Stadium Parken Stadium
Capacity: 53,332 Capacity: 52,063 Capacity: 51,700 Capacity: 38,065
Panoramio - V&A Dudush - Scotland National Stadium.jpg Aviva Stadium(Dublin Arena).JPG

Each city will host three group stage matches and one match in the round of 16 or quarter-finals. The match allocation for the 12 stadiums is as follows:

  • Group stage, round of 16, semi-finals, and final: London (England)
  • Group stage and quarter-finals: Munich (Germany), Baku (Azerbaijan), Saint Petersburg (Russia), Rome (Italy)
  • Group stage and round of 16: Copenhagen (Denmark), Bucharest (Romania), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Dublin (Republic of Ireland), Bilbao (Spain), Budapest (Hungary), Glasgow (Scotland)

The host cities were divided into six pairings, established on the basis of sporting strength (assuming all host teams qualify), geographical considerations, and security/political constraints. The pairings were allocated to groups by means of a random draw on 7 December 2017. Each qualified host country will play a minimum of two matches at home. The group venue pairings is as follows:[47]

  • Group A: Rome (Italy) and Baku (Azerbaijan)
  • Group B: Saint Petersburg (Russia) and Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Group C: Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Bucharest (Romania)
  • Group D: London (England) and Glasgow (Scotland)
  • Group E: Bilbao (Spain) and Dublin (Republic of Ireland)
  • Group F: Munich (Germany) and Budapest (Hungary)

The following criteria apply to define the home matches of host teams within the same group:[49]

  • If both host teams qualify directly or both advance to the play-offs, a draw will determine which team will play all three group stage matches at home (i.e. which will host the head-to-head match), and which will play only two matches at home.
  • If one host team qualifies directly, and the other advances to the play-offs or is eliminated entirely, the directly qualified host team will play all three group stage matches at home, and the other host, if qualified, will play only two.
  • If one host team advances to the play-offs, and the other is eliminated entirely, the host team in the play-offs, if qualified, will play all three group stage matches at home.
  • No action is necessary should both host teams fail to qualify.

If a host team in the play-offs fails to qualify, the path winner will take the spot of the host in the match schedule and therefore will play the two or three matches based on the above criteria in the host city of the respective host that failed to qualify. The draw took place on 22 November 2019, 12:00 CET, at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland (along with the draw for the play-offs).[50] In the draw, which was only necessary for Group B (Denmark and Russia), two balls were prepared, with the first drawn hosting the three matches.[51]

Group Host 1 Host 2 Draw? Host with three
home matches
Team Status Team Status
A  Azerbaijan Eliminated  Italy Qualified No  Italy
B  Denmark Qualified  Russia Qualified Yes  Denmark
C  Netherlands Qualified  Romania Play-offs No  Netherlands
D  England Qualified  Scotland Play-offs No  England
E  Republic of Ireland Play-offs  Spain Qualified No  Spain
F  Germany Qualified  Hungary Play-offs No  Germany

Team base camps

Each team chooses a “team base camp” for its stay between the matches. The teams will train and reside in these locations throughout the tournament, travelling to games staged away from their bases. Unlike previous tournaments, each team can set up their base camp anywhere due to the pan-European format, without any obligation of staying in any of the host countries.[52]

The base camps selected by the twenty directly qualified teams were announced by UEFA on 27 January 2020.[53]

Team Base camp
 Austria Seefeld in Tirol, Austria
 Belgium Tubize, Belgium
 Croatia St Andrews, Scotland
 Czech Republic Currie, Edinburgh, Scotland
 Denmark Helsingør, Denmark
 England Burton upon Trent, England
 Finland Repino, Saint Petersburg, Russia
 France Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, France
 Germany Herzogenaurach, Germany
 Italy Coverciano, Florence, Italy
 Netherlands Zeist, Netherlands
 Poland Portmarnock, Republic of Ireland
 Portugal Budapest, Hungary
 Russia Khimki, Russia
 Spain Las Rozas de Madrid, Spain
 Sweden Maynooth, Republic of Ireland
  Switzerland Rome, Italy
 Turkey Baku, Azerbaijan
 Ukraine Bucharest, Romania
 Wales Baku, Azerbaijan

Final draw

The draw for the final tournament was held on 30 November 2019, 18:00 CET (19:00 local time, EET) at Romexpo in Bucharest, Romania.[54][55][56][45] The 24 teams were drawn into six groups of four. The identity of the four play-off teams were not known at the time of the draw and were identified as play-off winners A to D.[57] Should there have been groups that could not be finalised at the time of the final tournament draw, another draw would have been held after the play-offs on 1 April 2020,[1] but UEFA confirmed the additional draw was not necessary after the identity of the 20 directly qualified teams and the 16 play-offs teams was known.[51]

The teams were seeded in accordance with the European Qualifiers overall ranking based on their results in UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying. The following was the standard composition of the draw pots:[58]

  • Pot 1: Group winners ranked 1–6
  • Pot 2: Group winners ranked 7–10, group runners-up ranked 1–2 (11–12 overall)
  • Pot 3: Group runners-up ranked 3–8 (13–18 overall)
  • Pot 4: Group runners-up ranked 9–10 (19–20 overall), play-off winners A–D (identity unknown at the time of the draw)

As two host teams from the same group could not be in the same seeding pot, the UEFA Emergency Panel would have either switched one host team with the lowest-ranked team of the higher pot, or switched one host team with the highest-ranked team of the lower pot (based on the principle that the move would have minimal impact on the original seeding). However, no seeding adjustments were necessary.

The draw started with Pot 1 and completed with Pot 4, from where a team was drawn and assigned to the first available group. The position in the group (for the determination of the match schedule) was then drawn. In the draw, the following conditions applied (including for teams that could still qualify via the play-offs):[59]

  • Automatic group assignments: Host teams were automatically assigned to their group based on the host city pairings.
  • Prohibited clashes: For political reasons, UEFA set pairs of teams that were considered prohibited clashes. In addition to being unable to be drawn into the same group, non-host teams were prevented from being drawn into a group hosted by a country they clash with, even should the host not qualify. Only one prohibited clash, Russia / Ukraine, applied during the group stage draw. Other prohibited clashes among qualified and play-off teams were Kosovo / Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo / Serbia, but the teams in these pairs were all in the play-offs and in Pot 4 for the draw, and would not be in the same group; Kosovo / Russia was also prohibited,[60] but they also would not be in the same group due to play-off path pairings necessary for host allocation. However, these prohibited clashes are not excluded for the knockout phase.

Play-off path group allocation

Due to the format of the play-offs, which made anticipating all possible scenarios impossible, the UEFA administration had to wait to solve issues relating to the final tournament draw until the completion of the qualifying group stage.[49] It was not possible for UEFA to prevent one of the play-off paths from containing two host teams, resulting in Romania (Group C hosts) and Hungary (Group F hosts) being drawn together in Path A. Therefore, the winner of this play-off path needed to be assigned two groups in the final tournament draw. To allow for this, Path A was paired with Path D (which does not contain a host), therefore providing a clear scenario for each possible qualified team. A draw took place on 22 November 2019, 12:00 CET, at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland (along with the draw for the play-offs), which decided on the order of priority for the allocation of Path A to the final tournament groups.[51]

Two balls were prepared containing the names of the two groups hosted by the teams in question (Group C and Group F for Romania and Hungary, respectively). The first ball drawn determined the group (“priority group”) that was allocated to Path A, with the exception of the host team of the second ball drawn (“non-priority group”) winning Path A. In the draw, Group F was selected as the priority group, resulting in the following possible outcomes:

  • Path A is won by Bulgaria, Hungary or Iceland: The winner of Path A will enter Group F, and the winner of Path D will enter Group C.
  • Path A is won by Romania: Romania will enter Group C, and the winner of Path D will enter Group F.


The following was the composition of the pots:[61]

Pot 1
Team Host Rank
 Belgium[a] 1
 Italy Group A 2
 England Group D 3
 Germany Group F 4
 Spain Group E 5
 Ukraine[a] 6
Pot 2
Team Host Rank
 France 7
 Poland 8
  Switzerland 9
 Croatia 10
 Netherlands Group C 11
 Russia Group B 12
Pot 3
Team Host Rank
 Portugal 13
 Turkey 14
 Denmark Group B 15
 Austria 16
 Sweden 17
 Czech Republic 18
Pot 4[b]
Team Host Rank
 Wales 19
 Finland 20
Play-off winner A Group C & F[c] N/A
Play-off winner B Group E[d]
Play-off winner C Group D[e]
Play-off winner D[f]

Draw results and group fixtures

The draw resulted in the following groups (teams in italics are play-off winners whose identity was not known at the time of the draw):

Group A
Pos Team
A1  Turkey
A2  Italy[a]
A3  Wales
A4   Switzerland
Group B
Pos Team
B1  Denmark[a]
B2  Finland
B3  Belgium
B4  Russia[b]
Group C
Pos Team
C1  Netherlands[a]
C2  Ukraine
C3  Austria
C4 Play-off winner D or A[c][d]
Group D
Pos Team
D1  England[a]
D2  Croatia
D3 Play-off winner C[c]
D4  Czech Republic
Group E
Pos Team
E1  Spain[a]
E2  Sweden
E3  Poland
E4 Play-off winner B[c]
Group F
Pos Team
F1 Play-off winner A or D[c][d]
F2  Portugal
F3  France
F4  Germany[a]

The fixtures for the group stage were decided based on the draw results, as follows:

Note: Positions for scheduling did not use the seeding pots, and instead used the draw positions, e.g. Team 1 was not necessarily the team from Pot 1 in the draw.

Group stage schedule
Matchday Dates Matches
Matchday 1 June 2021 1 v 2, 3 v 4
Matchday 2 June 2021 1 v 3, 2 v 4
Matchday 3 June 2021 4 v 1, 2 v 3


Each national team has to submit a squad of 23 players, three of whom must be goalkeepers, at least ten days before the opening match of the tournament. If a player becomes injured or ill severely enough to prevent his participation in the tournament before his team’s first match, he can be replaced by another player.[1]

Match officials

On 12 February 2020, UEFA and CONMEBOL signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance collaboration, including the possibility of a team of South American match officials appointed for the group stage of the tournament.[62]

Group stage

UEFA announced the original tournament schedule on 24 May 2018, which only included kick-off times for the opening match and quarter-finals onward.[63][64] The kick-off times of the remaining group stage and round of 16 matches were announced on 30 November 2019 following the final draw.[65][66]

Group winners, runners-up, and the best four third-placed teams advance to the round of 16.

Times are CEST (UTC+2), as listed by UEFA. If the venue is located in a different time zone, the local time is also given.


If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following tie-breaking criteria are applied:[1]

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question;
  2. Superior goal difference resulting from the matches played between the teams in question;
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question;
  4. If, after having applied criteria 1 to 3, teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 3 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the teams who are still level to determine their final rankings.[a] If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 5 to 10 apply;
  5. Superior goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  7. Higher number of wins in all group matches;[b]
  8. If on the last round of the group stage, two teams are facing each other and each has the same number of points, as well as the same number of goals scored and conceded, and the score finishes level in their match, their ranking is determined by a penalty shoot-out. (This criterion is not used if more than two teams have the same number of points.);
  9. Lower disciplinary points total in all group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card);
  10. Higher position in the European Qualifiers overall ranking.


Group A

Pos Team

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Turkey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
2  Italy (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase based on ranking
4   Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Turkey  Match 1  Italy
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Wales  Match 2   Switzerland
Olympic Stadium, Baku

Turkey  Match 13  Wales
Olympic Stadium, Baku
Italy  Match 14   Switzerland
Stadio Olimpico, Rome

Switzerland   Match 25  Turkey
Olympic Stadium, Baku
Italy  Match 26  Wales
Stadio Olimpico, Rome

Group B

Pos Team

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Denmark (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
2  Finland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Belgium 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase based on ranking
4  Russia (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Denmark  Match 3  Finland
Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
Belgium  Match 4  Russia
Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

Finland  Match 15  Russia
Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Denmark  Match 16  Belgium
Parken Stadium, Copenhagen

Russia  Match 27  Denmark
Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
Finland  Match 28  Belgium
Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

Group C

Pos Team

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Netherlands (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
2  Ukraine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Austria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase based on ranking
4 Play-off winner D or A[a] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Austria  Match 6 Play-off winner D or A
Arena Națională, Bucharest
Netherlands  Match 5  Ukraine
Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam

Ukraine  Match 18 Play-off winner D or A
Arena Națională, Bucharest
Netherlands  Match 17  Austria
Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam

Play-off winner D or A Match 29  Netherlands
Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam
Ukraine  Match 30  Austria
Arena Națională, Bucharest

Group D

Pos Team

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
2  Croatia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Play-off winner C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase based on ranking
4  Czech Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
England  Match 7  Croatia
Wembley Stadium, London
Play-off winner C Match 8  Czech Republic
Hampden Park, Glasgow

Croatia  Match 19  Czech Republic
Hampden Park, Glasgow
England  Match 20 Play-off winner C
Wembley Stadium, London

Croatia  Match 31 Play-off winner C
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Czech Republic  Match 32  England
Wembley Stadium, London

Group E

Pos Team

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
2  Sweden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Poland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase based on ranking
4 Play-off winner B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poland  Match 10 Play-off winner B
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Spain  Match 9  Sweden
San Mamés, Bilbao

Sweden  Match 21 Play-off winner B
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Spain  Match 22  Poland
San Mamés, Bilbao

Play-off winner B Match 33  Spain
San Mamés, Bilbao
Sweden  Match 34  Poland
Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Group F

Pos Team

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Play-off winner A or D[a] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
2  Portugal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase based on ranking
4  Germany (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Play-off winner A or D Match 11  Portugal
Puskás Aréna, Budapest
France  Match 12  Germany
Allianz Arena, Munich

Play-off winner A or D Match 23  France
Puskás Aréna, Budapest
Portugal  Match 24  Germany
Allianz Arena, Munich

Portugal  Match 35  France
Puskás Aréna, Budapest
Germany  Match 36 Play-off winner A or D
Allianz Arena, Munich

Ranking of third-placed teams

Pos Grp Team

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 A Third place Group A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
2 B Third place Group B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 C Third place Group C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 D Third place Group D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 E Third place Group E 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 F Third place Group F 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Knockout phase

In the knockout phase, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time is played (two periods of 15 minutes each), with each team being allowed to make a fourth substitution.[67] If still tied after extra time, the match is decided by a penalty shoot-out.[1]

As with every tournament since UEFA Euro 1984, there is no third place play-off.

The specific match-ups involving the third-placed teams depend on which four third-placed teams will qualify for the round of 16:[1]

Third-placed teams
qualify from groups
A B C D 3A 3D 3B 3C
A B C E 3A 3E 3B 3C
A B C F 3A 3F 3B 3C
A B D E 3D 3E 3A 3B
A B D F 3D 3F 3A 3B
A B E F 3E 3F 3B 3A
A C D E 3E 3D 3C 3A
A C D F 3F 3D 3C 3A
A C E F 3E 3F 3C 3A
A D E F 3E 3F 3D 3A
B C D E 3E 3D 3B 3C
B C D F 3F 3D 3C 3B
B C E F 3F 3E 3C 3B
B D E F 3F 3E 3D 3B
C D E F 3F 3E 3D 3C

Times are CEST (UTC+2), as listed by UEFA. If the venue is located in a different time zone, the local time is also given.


Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
June – Bilbao
Winner Group B
July – Munich
3rd Group A/D/E/F
Winner Match 39
June – London
Winner Match 37
Winner Group A
July – London
Runner-up Group C
Winner Match 46
June – Bucharest
Winner Match 45
Winner Group F
July – Saint Petersburg
3rd Group A/B/C
Winner Match 41
June – Copenhagen
Winner Match 42
Runner-up Group D
11 July – London
Runner-up Group E
Winner Match 49
June – Glasgow
Winner Match 50
Winner Group E
July – Rome
3rd Group A/B/C/D
Winner Match 43
June – Dublin
Winner Match 44
Winner Group D
July – London
Runner-up Group F
Winner Match 48
June – Budapest
Winner Match 47
Winner Group C
July – Baku
3rd Group D/E/F
Winner Match 40
June – Amsterdam
Winner Match 38
Runner-up Group A
Runner-up Group B

Round of 16

Runner-up Group A Match 38 Runner-up Group B
Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam

Winner Group A Match 37 Runner-up Group C
Wembley Stadium, London

Winner Group C Match 40 3rd Group D/E/F
Puskás Aréna, Budapest

Winner Group B Match 39 3rd Group A/D/E/F
San Mamés, Bilbao

Runner-up Group D Match 42 Runner-up Group E
Parken Stadium, Copenhagen

Winner Group F Match 41 3rd Group A/B/C
Arena Națională, Bucharest

Winner Group D Match 44 Runner-up Group F
Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Winner Group E Match 43 3rd Group A/B/C/D
Hampden Park, Glasgow


Winner Match 41 Match 45 Winner Match 42
Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

Winner Match 39 Match 46 Winner Match 37
Allianz Arena, Munich

Winner Match 40 Match 47 Winner Match 38
Olympic Stadium, Baku

Winner Match 43 Match 48 Winner Match 44
Stadio Olimpico, Rome


Winner Match 46 Match 49 Winner Match 45
Wembley Stadium, London

Winner Match 48 Match 50 Winner Match 47
Wembley Stadium, London


Winner Match 49 Match 51 Winner Match 50
Wembley Stadium, London

Prize money

The prize money was finalised in February 2018. Each team receives a participation fee of €9.25 million, with the winner able to earn a maximum of €34 million.[68]

Round achieved Amount Number of teams
Final tournament €9.25m 24
Group stage €1.5m for a win
€750,000 for a draw
Round of 16 €2m 16
Quarter-finals €3.25m 8
Semi-finals €5m 4
Runner-up €7m 1
Winner €10m 1


Logo and slogan

The official logo was unveiled on 21 September 2016, during a ceremony at the City Hall in London. The logo depicts the Henri Delaunay Trophy surrounded by celebrating fans on a bridge, which, according to UEFA, represents how football connects and unifies people.[69][70]

Each individual host city also has their own unique logo. The rectangular logos feature the text “UEFA EURO 2020” on the top, the city name above the text “host city” on the bottom (all in uppercase), the main tournament logo on the left, and a local bridge on the right. Each logo exists in English, along with variations in the local language when applicable. The logos were unveiled from September 2016 to January 2017.

Host city Date announced Bridge Other language(s) Ref.
London 21 September 2016[a] Tower Bridge N/A [70]
Rome 22 September 2016 Ponte Sant’Angelo Italian [71]
Baku 30 September 2016 Baku cable-stayed bridge Azerbaijani [72]
Bucharest 15 October 2016 Basarab Overpass Romanian [73]
Glasgow 25 October 2016 Clyde Arc N/A [74]
Munich 27 October 2016 Wittelsbacherbrücke German [75]
Copenhagen 1 November 2016 Circle Bridge Danish [76]
Budapest 16 November 2016 Széchenyi Chain Bridge Hungarian [77]
Dublin 24 November 2016 Samuel Beckett Bridge Irish [78]
Brussels[b] 14 December 2016 Pont Sobieski [fr] Dutch, French [79]
Bilbao 15 December 2016 San Antón Bridge Spanish [80]
Amsterdam 16 December 2016 Magere Brug Dutch [81]
Saint Petersburg 19 January 2017 Palace Bridge Russian [82]

The official slogan of the tournament is “Live It. For Real”. The slogan is meant to encourage fans to see the matches live in the stadiums across Europe.[83]

Match ball

On 6 November 2019, UEFA announced that the Uniforia by Adidas would be the tournament’s official match ball. Predominantly white, the ball features black strokes with blue, neon, and pink stripes. The name is derived from a portmanteau of “unity” and “euphoria”.[84]


The official mascot of the tournament, Skillzy, was unveiled on 24 March 2019. The character is inspired by freestyle football, street football and panna culture.[85]

Official song

On 19 October 2019, Dutch DJ and record producer Martin Garrix was announced as the official music artist of the tournament.[86] He will produce the official song of the tournament, as well as the walkout music preceding matches and the television broadcast music. The tournament song will be first performed in full at the opening ceremony at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.[87]


Global sponsors


The International Broadcast Centre (IBC) will be located at the Expo Haarlemmermeer in Vijfhuizen, Netherlands.[97]

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