Euro 2020 is scheduled to be the 16th team UEFA European Championship, quadriennial international men’s football championship of Europe organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). The tournament was originally scheduled for 2020 but was postponed due to the CoVid-19 pandemic; it was rescheduled for 2021 later. However, it still retains the name “UEFA Euro 2020”.
Format, draw results and fixtures
Twenty-four teams will be divided into six groups based on their results in UEFA Euro 2022 qualifying. The following was of the draw pots:
- Pot 1: Group winners ranked 1–6
- Pot 2: Group winners ranked 7–10, group runners-up ranked 1–2 (11–12 overall)
- Pot 3: Group runners-up ranked 3–8 (13–18 overall)
- Pot 4: Group runners-up ranked 9–10 (19–20 overall), play-off winners A–D
Below is the draw results:
Group A: Turkey – Italy – Wales – Switzerland
Group B: Denmark – Finland – Belgium – Russia
Group C: Netherlands – Ukraine – Austria – North Macedonia
Group D: England – Croatia – Scotland – Czech Republic
Group E: Spain – Sweden – Poland – Slovakia
Group F: Hungary – Portugal – France – Germany
The group schedule will be divided into three stages:
- Matchday 1: 11-15 June 2021 (1 v 2, 3 v 4)
- Matchday 2: 16-19 June 2021 (1 v 3, 2 v 4)
- Matchday 3: 20-23 June 2021 (4 v 1, 2 v 3)
You can watch the full fixture here for the group winners, runners-up, and the best four third-place teams (based on points, goal difference, goals scored, etc.) advance to the round of 16.
What makes Euro 2020 different from other Euro competitions?
A. Euro 2020 will be held in 11 different countries across Europe
In 2012, UEFA announced that the tournament would be held in multiple cities across Europe to mark the 60th anniversary of the tournament. The selection of the host cities did not guarantee an automatic qualifying berth to the national team of that country.
Specifically, 19 countries bid for hosting the competition, and only 11 countries were successful. Here’s the list of where Euro 2021 will be held:
Group stage and round of 16
- Parken Stadium, Copenhagen (Denmark)
- Wembley Stadium, London (England)
- Puskas Arena, Budapest (Hungary)
- Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
- Arena Națională, Bucharest (Romania)
- Hampden Park, Glasgow (Scotland)
- La Cartuja, Seville (Spain)
Group stage and quarter-finals
- Olympic Stadium, Baku (Azerbaijan)
- Allianz Arena, Munich (Germany)
- Stadio Olimpico, Rome (Italy)
- Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg (Russia)
Semi-finals and finals: Wembley Stadium, London (England)
B. Effects of the CoVid-19 pandemic
Five substitutions (with a six allowed in extra time) will be applied
Each team will be given three opportunities to make substitutions, with a fourth opportunity allowed in extra time, excluding substitutions made at half-time, before the start of extra time, and at half-time in extra time. The use of five substitutes has been permitted by International Football Association Board (IFAB) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tournament squad is expanded
UEFA will expand the tournament squad from the usual 23 players to 26 players. However, teams still only name a maximum of 23 players on the match sheet for each tournament fixture.
- If a group of players of a team was placed into mandatory quarantine or self-isolation following a decision from national or local health officials due to positive CoVid-19 tests, the match would go ahead as scheduled as long as the team had at least 13 players available (including at least one goalkeeper).
- Suppose a team cannot field the minimum required number of players due to positive SARS-CoV-2 tests. In that case, the match may be rescheduled within the next 48 hours of the original date of the game by the UEFA administration, subject to viable rescheduling options being available. Additionally, UEFA may reassign the rescheduled match to an alternative venue if deemed appropriate.
- If the match cannot be rescheduled, the UEFA Control, Ethics, and Disciplinary Body will decide on the matter. The team responsible for the game not taking place is considered to have forfeited the match and lost 3–0.
- If any member of the appointed referee team has to be replaced due to a positive SARS-CoV-2 test, UEFA can appoint a match official of the same nationality as one of the teams and/or not on the FIFA list.
That’s all you need to know about the 2020 European competition. Thank you for reading this article!
Author: Kuyet @ TrophyRoom
Council of Europe: Working Group EURO 2020
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