It has been officially announced that Ireland will co-host the UEFA EURO 2028 Finals Tournament.
The third largest sporting event in the world will be co-hosted between the UK and Ireland with a proposed six games to be staged in Dublin, including a quarter final clash.
The announcement was made today following a meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee at its headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
This represents a unique five-Association partnership across Ireland and the UK.
The ExCo decision was formally taken after a presentation by the Ireland and UK Football Association executives and Welsh football star, Gareth Bale.
Shamrock Rovers player and Ireland underage international Ade Solanke represented Ireland in Nyon as one of six youth football ambassadors who play an active role supporting the development and diversity of the game in their local communities.
UEFA EURO 2028 Ireland & UK will be the largest major sporting event the nations have ever jointly staged.
The bid has the full backing of the respective Ireland and UK Governments who see this as a significant opportunity to generate meaningful sporting, economic, environmental and social benefits.
The Government partners have agreed to a shared €51 million legacy fund which will be invested to develop football and create additional legacies across the five associations involved.
The FAI and the Government of Ireland are committed to a €6.2m Irish legacy fund which will be earmarked for investment across all facets of the sport.
This fund is in addition to other tournament-related revenue streams for the FAI which will be directed back into the development of the game in Ireland.
The host cities and 10 stadia across the five partner associations, including gross capacity are:
- London – Wembley Stadium (90,652)
- Cardiff – National Stadium of Wales (73,952)
- London – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (62,322)
- Manchester – City of Manchester Stadium (61,000)
- Liverpool – Everton Stadium (52,679)
- Newcastle – St. James’ Park (52,305)
- Birmingham – Villa Park (52,190)
- Glasgow – Hampden Park (52,032)
- Dublin – Dublin Arena (51,711)
- Belfast – Casement Park (34,500)