Euro 2020

Schedule, mode, stadiums: this is how UEFA EURO 2020 works! – Euro 2020

by: Adam Smith


Cologne –

The European Football Championship begins on 12 June 2020. In the competition, which will be held for the first time in twelve different European nations, 24 teams will play a total of 51 matches. Here you will find all the important information about the venues, the tournament mode and the schedule.

UEFA EURO 2020: The qualifying play-offs

Of the 24 national teams competing for the European Cup, only 20 have been determined at this stage. The other four are determined through the new UEFA Nations League. The crucial play-offs will take place in March 2020.

Borussia Dortmund’s shooting star Erling Haaland can still qualify for the European Championship finals with Norway.

In the semi-finals of this last qualifying opportunity, the following teams will meet on 26 March (8.45 pm):

Way A: Iceland – Romania, Bulgaria – Hungary (both 8.45pm)

Way B: Bosnia and Herzegovina – Northern Ireland, Slovakia – Republic of Ireland (both 8.45pm)

Away C: Scotland – Israel (8.45pm), Norway – Serbia (6pm)

Way D: Georgia – Belarus (6 p.m.), Northern Macedonia – Kosovo (8.45 p.m.)

The finals will then be played on 31 March as follows:

Way A: Bulgaria/Hungary – Iceland/Romania (8.45pm)

Way B: Bosnia and Herzegovina/Northern Ireland – Slovakia/Republic of Ireland (8.45pm)

Way C: Norway/Serbia – Scotland/Israel (6pm or 8.45pm)

Way D: Georgia/Belarus – Northern Macedonia/Kosovo (6 p.m.)

UEFA EURO 2020: The stadiums

Despite the Brexit year, this year’s European Championship is arguably the most European of all time: the tournament matches are held over twelve countries – an absolute novelty. There are four matches at each venue, with only London’s Wembley Stadium hosting a total of seven matches with semi-finals and finals. Here is an overview of the arenas and how they are used:

Finals, semi-finals, one quarter-final, three group games
London, England: Wembley Stadium

The 2020 European Championship finals will be held in twelve stadiums.

Three group games, one quarter-final
Baku, Azerbaijan: Baku Olympic Stadium
Munich, Germany: Football Arena Munich
Rome, Italy: Olimpico in Rome
St. Petersburg, Russia: St. Petersburg Stadium

Three group games, one quarter-final
Amsterdam, Netherlands: Johan Cruijff ArenA
Bilbao, Spain: San Mamés Stadium
Bucharest, Romania: National Arena Bucharest
Budapest, Hungary: Puskés Aréna
Copenhagen, Denmark: Parking Stadium
Dublin, Republic of Ireland: Dublin Arena
Glasgow, Scotland: Hampden Park

UEFA EURO 2020: The group stage

The 24 qualified national selections are divided into six groups (A to F) of four teams each. Host nations are assigned to the groups for which the home venue is intended. For example, England play all group matches at London’s Wembley Stadium, germany is always allowed to play in front of their own fans in Munich. Here’s how the groups are:

Group A

Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales

12.06.: Turkey – Italy (9 p.m., Rome)

13.06.: Wales – Switzerland (3 pm, Baku)

17.06.: Turkey – Wales (6pm, Baku)

17.06.: Italy – Switzerland (9 p.m., Rome)

21.06.: Italy – Wales (6pm, Rome)

21.06.: Switzerland – Turkey (6 p.m., Baku)

Group B

Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Russia

13.06.: Denmark – Finland (6 p.m., Copenhagen)

13.06.: Belgium – Russia (21.00, St. Petersburg)

17.06.: Finland – Russia (3 p.m., St. Petersburg)

18.06.: Denmark – Belgium (6 p.m., Copenhagen)

22.06.: Finland – Belgium (9 p.m., St. Petersburg)

22.06.: Russia – Denmark (9 p.m., Copenhagen)

Group C

Austria, Netherlands, play-off winner D (A), Ukraine

14.06.: Austria – play-off winner D (A) (6 pm, Bucharest)

14.06.: Netherlands – Ukraine (9 p.m., Amsterdam)

18.06.: Ukraine – play-off winner D (A) (3 pm, Bucharest)

18.06.: Netherlands – Austria (9 p.m., Amsterdam)

22.06.: Ukraine – Austria (6 p.m., Bucharest)

22.06.: Play-off winner D (A) – Netherlands (6pm, Amsterdam)

Group D

Croatia, Czech Republic, England, play-off winner C

14.06.: England – Croatia (3 pm, London)

15.06.: Play-off winner C – Czech Republic (3pm, Glasgow)

19.06.: Croatia – Czech Republic (6 pm, Glasgow)

19.06.: England – Play-off winner C (9pm, London)

23.06.: Czech Republic – England (9 p.m., London)

23.06.: Croatia – play-off winner C (9pm, Glasgow)

Group E

Play-off winner B, Poland, Spain, Sweden

15.06.: Poland – Play-off winner B (6pm, Dublin)

15.06.: Spain – Sweden (9 p.m., Bilbao)

19.06.: Sweden – play-off winner B (3pm, Dublin)

20.06.: Spain – Poland (9 p.m., Bilbao)

24.06.: Sweden – Poland (6 p.m., Dublin)

24.06.: Play-off winner B – Spain (6 pm, Bilbao)

Group F

France, Germany, play-off winners A (D), Portugal

16.06.: Play-off winner A (D) – Portugal (6pm, Budapest)

16.06.: France – Germany (9 p.m., Munich)

20.06.: Play-off winner A (D) – France (3 pm, Budapest)

20.06.: Portugal – Germany (6 p.m., Munich)

24.06.: Germany – play-off winner A (D) (9 p.m., Munich)

24.06.: Portugal – France (9 p.m., Budapest)

Here you can find the complete schedule of UEFA EURO 2020

UEFA EURO 2020: The Mode

The mode of the tournament is the same as at the last European Championship 2016. Thus, the six group firsts qualify directly for the eighth final, but also the third place does not mean the elimination.

The top four third-place finishers also remain in the title race. The criteria for this are applied in this order: higher score, better goal difference, greater number of goals scored, greater number of victories, lower total number of penalty points, final ranking of The European Qualifiers.

In the knockout phase, it is easier to identify the winners. As usual, in the case of draws, each game is decided by extension and, if necessary, penalty shootouts. In extra time, each team is allowed to change a fourth player.

UEFA EURO 2020: Maps and video evidence

After two yellow or one red cards during the tournament, a player must suspend for a match unless the corresponding rule violation requires harsher punishment. The collected warnings expire after the quarter-finals, so only a yellow-red or red card in the semi-finals prevents a player from playing in the final.

The video evidence should make it possible for the players to assess the players as fairly as possible at the European Championship. However, it cannot be ruled out that this will also provide a topic of discussion, as it did recently in the Bundesliga (read more here).

ARD, ZDF & Co. – UEFA EURO 2020 on TV

It is hardly possible to watch a European Championship match live in the stadium. Too big is and was the fan rush, the tickets sold out all too quickly. This leaves the rest of the football enthusiasts only the handle to PC mouse, tablet or TV remote control.

The playoffs of the qualification can be seen at the streaming service DAZN, from the final round of the European Championship, the games will be broadcast on free TV as in the past. ARD and ZDF secured the rights to all 51 games and will probably take turns in the broadcast as usual. From 12 June, the best European football will be available twice a day for free. -bl)