The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) organises European Football Championship, also known as the 2020 UEFA European Championship, UEFA Euro 2020, or simply Euro 2020. It is Europe's quadrennial international men's football championship played between 11 countries.
The competition, which would take place in 11 cities across 11 UEFA member countries, was originally planned to take place from June to July 2020. The competition has been rescheduled for 11 June to 11 July 2021 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe. "UEFA Euro 2020" will be the tournament's name.
The tournament would be organised in different countries as a "romantic" one-off event to honour the European Championship's 60th "birthday," according to UEFA President Michel Platini in 2012. The semi-finals and final will be held in Wembley Stadium in London, which has the biggest capacity of any of the stadiums in the competition. It previously hosted the semi-finals and final during the 1996 tournament under the stadium's previous incarnation. The first match, between Turkey and Italy, will take place at Rome's Stadio Olimpico.
The first match, between Turkey and Italy, will take place at Rome's Stadio Olimpico. Two hosts were later removed: Brussels in December 2017 owing to delays in the construction of the Eurostadium, and Dublin in April 2021 because there was no certainty that spectators would be able to attend. Spain also relocated the host city from Bilbao to Seville in order to increase the number of spectators at the matches.
The COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, which began in early 2020, aroused concerns about its potential effects on players, personnel, and visitors to the tournament's twelve host cities. UEFA president Aleksander ?eferin stated at the UEFA Congress in early March that the organisation was confident in its ability to deal with the situation, while general secretary Theodore Theodoridis stated that UEFA was in contact with the World Health Organization and national governments regarding the coronavirus. Later that month, the impact on football grew as numerous domestic and UEFA competition matches began to be played behind closed doors. Future UEFA competition matches have been postponed until March 13, 2020.