The UEFA He opened the presentation process on Tuesday to organize a European Championship with 24 teams in 2028, although he did not rule out modifying the dates and format of the tournament.
The governing body of European football has considered expanding the tournament again and include 32 of its 55 member nations, as mentioned by the leaders during the recent Euro 2020.
UEFA has set next March the deadline for its federations to register interest in organizing a 24-team, 51-team competition in 2028, but warned that plans could change.
Until the tournament regulations are confirmed, “the information on dates, number of participating teams and number of matches is provisional,” UEFA said in a statement.
The governing body of European football has considered expanding the tournament again and include 32 of its 55 member nations
UEFA is seeking hosts amid uncertainty over the global soccer calendar, with FIFA campaigning to host the World Cup every two years despite strong opposition from the European bloc.
Even if FIFA manages to secure endorsement for a biennial tournament, it is unlikely that the World Cup can be held in 2028 as it would coincide with the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games, scheduled between July 21 and August 21.
UEFA set September 2023 as the deadline for making the host’s decision – less than five years before the opening scheduled for June 2028.
Russia and Turkey are emerging as potential candidates to host the tournament on their own. Neither would have to build one of the 10 stadiums required by UEFA. The host country is required to have a stadium of at least 60,000 seats for the final.
Spain could present its candidacy if it does not present a candidacy for the 2030 World Cup. That candidacy could be in conjunction with Portugal.
“Joint candidacies (for Euro 2028) will be allowed, provided the candidate countries are geographically compact,” UEFA said.
UEFA has reiterated that a tournament like Euro 2020 in 11 different countries, after Belgium and Ireland dropped from the initial draft, was a unique experience.
Two co-hosts would automatically qualify for the tournament, but a three-country bid “is not guaranteed,” UEFA said.
UEFA’s flagship national team tournament featured 16 teams between 1996 and the 2012 event, with Poland and Ukraine as co-hosts. It expanded to 24 teams with Euro 2016 in France.
Euro 2024 will be hosted by Germany.