The tournament was scheduled to be played from 12 June – 12 July 2020, however, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it is set to take place on 11 June – 11 July 2021.
Unlike previous competitions that were hosted by one or two countries, this one will consist of 12 host countries to commemorate the 60th birthday of the European Championship.
Azerbaijan are currently the only host country to be eliminated from the tournament, with seven host countries already qualified, and four to enter the play-offs.
The venues for the tournament:
Johan Cruyff Arena – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Olympic Stadium – Baku, Azerbaijan
San Mames – Bilbao, Spain
Arena Nationala – Bucharest, Romania
Puskás Aréna – Budapest, Hungary
Parken Stadium – Copenhagen, Denmark
Aviva Stadium – Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Hampden Park – Glasgow, Scotland
Wembley Stadium – London, England
Allianz Arena – Munich, Germany
Stadio Olimpico – Rome, Italy
Krestovsky Stadium – Saint Petersburg, Russia
The Stadio Olimpico will host the opening game, with Wembley Stadium to host the semi finals and the final.
There are six groups consisting of four teams per group, however, the last four groups still have a team to add, due to play-offs. The play-offs have four paths (A-D) as a way to get into the group stages.
Each path contains four teams, and the teams will play a one off semi-final match on the 8th October 2020, with the final of each path to be played on the 12th November 2020.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Republic of Ireland
The current 20 teams already qualified for the finals of UEFA Euro 2020, along with the play-off teams, were drawn on the 30th November 2019 into the current groups. Group F looks to be the so-called “Group of Death” as it features Germany, along with current European Champions Portugal, and World Cup winners France. Finland will make their debut in the tournament, having never previously qualified for a major tournament.
Winner of play-off D or A
Winner of play-off C
Winner of play-off B
Winner of play-off A or D
The opening match takes place on 11 June 2021 in Rome, and sees Italy against Turkey.
Each day after will feature 2-3 group games per day until the conclusion of the group stage. Each team will play each other once.
The winners of each group, runners up and the four best third placed teams will advance into the last 16 teams, which will feature one leg knockout matches.
Each of the twelve host stadiums will feature a knockout match, with the round of 16 featuring eight different stadiums, and will be played from the 26th June 2021 – 29th June 2021.
The quarter-finals will be played on the 2nd and 3rd of July 2021, in the four remaining host stadiums.
Both semi-final matches will be played at Wembley, on the 6th and 7th of July, with the final in the same stadium on 11th July 2021 to see who will be crowned UEFA European Champions 2020.