UEFA announces multi-host plan for 2020 European Championships.
UEFA have announced that the 2020 European Championships will be held across thirteen different cities on their official website.
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The news will annoy many of fans of national sides as there is concern that such a geographical spread-out tournament may require significant outlays of cash on travel for fans wishing to follow their team.
Headed by Michel Platini, the UEFA Executive Committee announced their ‘EURO for Europe’ proposal where national associations are able to bid for one of thirteen ‘hosting packages’. Twelve of those involve hosting three group stage matches and one knock-out round game, with the other package being given responsibility for the semi-finals and final.
There is a limit of one stadium per country with minimum requirements as follows:
- 70,000 capacity for final and semi-finals
- 60,000 capacity for quarter-finals
- 50,000 for round of 16 games and group matches
- Up to two exceptions for stadiums with a minimum capacity of 30,000 to host group and last 16 games.
All teams will have to successfully navigate their way through the qualifying stages meaning no automatic qualification spots for any of the ‘host’ nations.
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