What is new for upcoming European Championships, and how many countries are hosting it?
EURO 2020 will leave many scratching their heads as a range of changes have been brought in.
The European Championships next year celebrates its 60th anniversary, having initially been named Eurpoean Nations’ Cup.
What changes are there for Euro 2020?
One of the biggest differences for next year’s tournament is the expansion from 16 countries to 24.
This will be nearly half of the 55 member nations of Uefa,
Another change is the introduction of play-off places being awarded through the inaugural Uefa Nations League competition, instead of being based on the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.
The top two in qualifying will automatically reach next year’s tournament, but the four remaining places will be fought out based on their ranking from 2018’s UNL competition.
A spot is on offer to each of the four Leagues, with countries like Georgia, Macedonia, Kosovo and Belarus currently all set to fight it out for a place.
The new rules means one of these sides will earn a spot in the competition for the first time in their history.
Technology-wise, Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system will be used for the first time in a European Championships.
Is there only one host?
The biggest change for next year’s competition is the use of ‘host cities’ as opposed to one nation holding all the games.
While there have been dual bids in the past, including 2012’s tournament in Poland and Ukraine, this will see 12 stadiums from 12 different nations host the competition.
This is a one-off change in honour of the European Championships’ 60th anniversary.
London’s Wembley Stadium will host both semi-finals and final.