English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh Football Associations have submitted a preliminary bid for UEFA Euro 2028.
The bid’s vision contains the following slogan – ‘Football for all. Football for good. Football for the future.’ which serves as ‘a commitment to diversity, social purpose and innovation in delivering an outstanding UEFA Euro 2028’ with view to creating ‘unforgettable memories’ in famous stadiums.
All five Football Associations (English FA, Scottish FA, FA Wales, FA Ireland & Irish FA) have also confirmed the following stadiums which are under consideration for hosting matches;
- Villa Park, Birmingham
- Everton Stadium, Liverpool
- London Stadium, London
- Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London
- Wembley Stadium, London
- City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester
- St James’ Park, Newcastle
- Stadium of Light, Sunderland,
- Old Trafford, Manchester
- Dublin Arena, Dublin
- Croke Park, Dublin
- Casement Park Stadium, Belfast
- Hampden Park, Glasgow
- National Stadium of Wales, Cardiff
Consultations with all 14 prospective host stadiums and their respective cities are currently underway, with a final list of ten stadiums set to be submitted in April 2023, whilst discussions will also be held with UEFA in order to help develop their bid plans further.
All five Football Associations have also acknowledged the support of Government Partners across UK, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, plus officials in Northern Ireland who have also pledged their support for the bid.
In a joint-statement, the five football associations have pledged to ensure that they will ‘deliver a world-class tournament,’ which can produce ‘a strong and sustainable legacy for football and wider society,’ in turn boosting local economies within local communities.
All five football associations also pointed out that they each individually have a strong ‘track record” of hosting major sporting competitions across the decades, most recently in England who hosted UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 which broke various records this summer.
It is also hoped that grassroot football will benefit from all five home nations hosting the tournament, with a promise to share their ‘legacy initiatives’ across Europe to help improve footballing development throughout the continent.