Understanding the logistics of Euro 2020 ahead of Digital Sport’s January event

By Michael Constanti

To kick-off the new decade, Digital Sport are hosting an event to showcase how the Euro’s will use digital and technology to overcome the challenges of a tournament being hosted in 12 different venues and cities around Europe. With the competition just around the corner, here is your guide to Euro 2020 info which will answer some of your questions for the first multi-nation European tournament.

WHAT is Euro 2020?

The Euros is an international football tournament which has been held every 4 years since 1958. 24 member nations of UEFA who have successfully qualified for the tournament will compete against each other in a standard tournament layout (group stage, round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final).

WHERE is Euro 2020 taking place?

In the past, one or two neighbouring nations would host the tournament. However, for the first time ever, the tournament is set to be hosted around 12 cities across the continent; Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and Saint Petersburg.

WHEN is Euro 2020 taking place?

The tournament begins on Friday 12th June 2020. The first match will be played between Turkey v Italy, and it will take place at 9pm (CET) in Rome.

All group stage games will be played every day from the 12th until Wednesday 24th June.

The top two teams of each group will qualify for the next round of the tournament (Round of 16). Two matches per day will take place from Saturday 27th June until Tuesday 30th June.

Half of these teams will then qualify for the quarter-finals which will take place on Friday 3rd July and Saturday 4th July. 

Semi-finals will then commence on Tuesday 7th July and end on Wednesday 8th July.

The final will take place in London on Sunday 12th July (9pm CET).

HOW can I watch the Euros?

If you haven’t been lucky enough to purchase tickets for the tournament so far, you have until 2pm CET on the 18th December to apply! You must be a fan of a qualified team, and if your team is yet to qualify via the play-offs, the ticked application window will open for you in April 2020.

If you prefer to enjoy the matches in the comfort of your home, BBC and ITV will both be broadcasting the tournament live (TV schedule TBC).

WHO are competing in the Euros?

20 teams have already qualified for the tournament, including seven home nations (Italy, Denmark, Russia, Netherlands, England, Spain and Germany). The final four spots are up for grabs through play-off matches which will take place from March 26th – 31st 2020.

Group A:

Turkey

Italy

Wales

Switzerland

Group B

Denmark

Finland

Belgium

Russia 

Group C

Netherlands

Ukraine

Austria

Play-off winner D (Georgia/Belarus/Macedonia/Kosovo)

Group D

England

Croatia

Play-off winner C (Scotland/Israel/Norway/Serbia)

Czech Republic

Group E

Spain

Sweden

Poland

Play-off winner B (Bosnia/Northern Ireland/Slovakia/Republic of Ireland)

Group F

Play-off winner A (Iceland/Romania/Bulgaria/Hungary)

Portugal

France

Germany

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