England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland will jointly bid to organize the European Football Championship in 2028. The four British football associations and Ireland initially planned to go to the 2030 World Cup. After a feasibility study, they decided to shift their focus to the European Championship two years ago.
“The study included an analysis of the economic impact and political landscape of football and the costs associated with hosting a major football tournament,” the five wrote in a statement. “In the end, the five confederations decided to focus on Euro 2028, the third largest sporting event in the world.”
Last year, England already hosted the final of the European Championship in London, which was held throughout Europe. The semi-finals and finals were held at Wembley. England lost the European Championship final to Italy on penalties.
Two years later, the 2024 European Championship will be held in Germany. England only organized the European Final in 1996 and this year they also have the Women’s European Championship within the borders.
“Organizing a European championship involves lower costs than the World Cup and the same income,” the unions said in a statement. “We believe the UK and Ireland can give UEFA and European football something special in 2028: a cohesive and unique partnership between five countries.”
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