UK & Ireland launch bid to host Euro 2028

Tom Gott
The UK & Ireland have bid for Euro 2028
The UK & Ireland have bid for Euro 2028 / Eddie Keogh - The FA/GettyImages

The English FA have confirmed they have joined forces with Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to launch a joint bid to host Euro 2028.

The five nations were expected to jointly bid for the 2030 World Cup but have now agreed to focus their efforts on Euro 2028 after a feasibility study suggested the European Championships would be more suitable.

"Hosting a UEFA EURO offers a similar return on investment, with the European tournament carrying a far lower delivery cost and the potential of the benefits being realised sooner," a statement read.

"It would be an honour and a privilege to collectively host UEFA EURO 2028 and to welcome all of Europe. It would also be a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the true impact of hosting a world-class football tournament by driving positive change and leaving a lasting legacy across our communities.

"We believe the UK and the Republic of Ireland can offer UEFA and European football something special in 2028 – a compact and unique five-way hosting collaboration that will provide a great experience for the teams and the fans."

FAs have until 23 March to register their intent to bid for the tournament, with official confirmation of those who have made the final shortlist due in early April.

Formal host offers are not due until October, with a final decision on a host scheduled for September 2023.