The four nations of the UK and Ireland have submitted a dossier to UEFA outlining their plans to host Euro 2028, with 14 stadiums in the five countries shortlisted to host matches, including Everton’s future home at Bramley-Moore Dock and the Sunderland Stadium of Light, one of two. Select Northeast locations. A final list of 10 will be presented in April 2023.
Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales each have one stadium and the Republic of Ireland two, with the remaining nine in England, including two in the north-east, which was controversially overlooked for this year’s European Women’s Championship.
The selected stadiums are: Villa Park, Everton Stadium, London Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Wembley Stadium, Etihad Stadium, St James’ Park, Stadium of Light, Old Trafford, Dublin Arena, Croke Park, Belfast Casement Park Stadium, Hampden Park and Cardiff Principality Stadium.
The UK government is believed to be confident their joint bid will be approved by UEFA, with Turkey the only other country in the running. Russia had announced its intention to submit a bid, but it was ruled out by Uefa’s ban on soccer since the invasion of Ukraine. The UEFA executive committee will decide the hosts in September 2023.
A joint statement by the nations of the United Kingdom and Ireland outlining their preliminary vision for the tournament said all the stadiums were well connected. He added: “The UK and Ireland’s record of hosting successful major sporting events over many decades means we have the experience and know-how to take this world-class tournament to new heights.”
The UK and Ireland shelved plans to host the 2030 World Cup this year. English Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham cited heavy spending and “many areas of uncertainty”.