UEFA Euro 2020
Live It. For Real.
Tournament details
Host countriesAzerbaijan
Dates11 June – 11 July 2021
Venue(s)11 (in 11 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Italy (2nd title)
Runners-up England
Tournament statistics
Matches played51
Goals scored142 (2.78 per match)
Attendance1,099,278 (21,554 per match)
Top scorer(s)(5 goals each)
Best player(s)Italy Gianluigi Donnarumma
Best young playerSpain Pedri

The 2020 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2020 (stylised as UEFA EURO 2020) or simply Euro 2020, was the 16th UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international men's football championship of Europe organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).[1] To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the European Championship competition, UEFA president Michel Platini declared that the tournament would be hosted in several nations as a "romantic" one-off event, with 11 cities in 11 UEFA countries each providing venues for the tournament, making it the second senior international tournament in history after the 2007 AFC Asian Cup to have more than two nations co-hosting it.[2]

Portugal were the defending champions, but were eliminated in the round of 16 by Belgium.[3] Italy won their second European Championship title by beating England on penalties in the final following a 1–1 draw after extra time.[4] The win came exactly on the 39th anniversary of Italy's 1982 FIFA World Cup final victory over West Germany.[5]

The tournament was originally intended to be played between 12 June and 12 July 2020.[6] Due to COVID-19 restrictions during that year, the tournament was postponed to June and July 2021, while retaining the name UEFA Euro 2020 and host venues. Alongside special rules regarding COVID-19 restrictions, UEFA also allowed two extra substitutions[7] and implemented video assistant referee (VAR) for the first time.[8] Initially, there were 13 venues chosen for the tournament but two were later dropped. Brussels was dropped in December 2017 after the city's Eurostadium was abandoned,[9] while Dublin was dropped in April 2021 because there was no guarantee that spectators could attend. Spain originally intended to use Bilbao as a host venue but later changed it to Seville to allow for spectators at matches.[10] UEFA chose Stadio Olimpico in Rome to host the opening match between Italy and Turkey, while Wembley Stadium in London was selected as a semi-final and final venue for the second time,[11] following the 1996 tournament at the original stadium of the same name.

The tournament was well received by fans and commentators, with the most goals per game in a European Championship since the introduction of the group stage, and only two goalless games. The refereeing style was also praised, with a conservative use of VAR and quick decisions made on the pitch.

Bid process

Main article: UEFA Euro 2020 bids

While some countries such as Belgium,[12] Bulgaria and Romania,[13] Germany,[14][15] Hungary and Romania,[16] Ireland, Scotland, and Wales,[17] the Netherlands,[18] and Turkey[19] had already expressed an interest in bidding to host the tournament, then-UEFA president Michel Platini suggested at a press conference on 30 June 2012, a day before the UEFA Euro 2012 Final, that instead of having one host country, or joint hosting by multiple countries, the tournament could be spread over "12 or 13 cities" across the continent, as was done for the UEFA European Under-17 Championship's elite round, where each of the seven groups was hosted by a different country.[20]

European format decision

On 6 December 2012, UEFA announced the tournament would be held in multiple cities across Europe to mark the 60th anniversary of the tournament.[21][22] The selection of the host cities did not guarantee an automatic qualifying berth to the national team of that country. UEFA reasoned that the pan-European staging of the tournament was the logical decision at a time of financial difficulty, such as the European debt crisis.[23][24] Reaction to UEFA's plan was mixed across Europe.[25] Critics cited the expanded format (from 31 matches featuring 16 nations to 51 featuring 24) and its associated additional costs as the decisive factor for only one nation (Turkey) having put forward a serious bid.[26]

Bidding venues

The final list of bids was published by UEFA on 26 April 2014, with a decision on the hosts being made by the UEFA Executive Committee on 19 September 2014. There were two bids for the Finals Package (of which one was successful, marked with dark green for semi-finals and final) and 19 bids for the Standard Package (of which 12 were initially successful, marked with light green for quarter-finals and group stage, and yellow for round of 16 and group stage); Brussels, marked with red, were initially selected but removed from the list of venues by UEFA on 7 December 2017.[27][11][28] Dublin, marked in red, was initially selected but removed from the list of venues by UEFA on 23 April 2021. On the same day, UEFA also announced the matches in Spain would be moved from Bilbao to Seville.[10]

  Successful bid for group stage and round of 16
  Successful bid for group stage and quarter-finals
  Successful bid for semi-finals and final. Later added: Group stage and round of 16
  Successful bid for group stage and round of 16 at first but later removed from list
  Successful bid for group stage and round of 16 but later changed to another venue in country
  Unsuccessful bid (either rejected as judged by UEFA to not fulfill the bid requirements, or eliminated by vote)
Country City Venue Capacity Package Result #
 Azerbaijan Baku Olympic Stadium 68,700 Standard Package Group stage and quarter-finals 4
 Belarus Minsk Dinamo Stadium 34,000 (to be expanded to 39,000) Standard Package Rejected 0
 Belgium Brussels Eurostadium (proposed new national stadium) 50,000 (62,613 potentially) Standard Package Group stage and round of 16
(later cancelled)
 Bulgaria Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 43,000 (to be expanded to 50,000) Standard Package Rejected 0
 Denmark Copenhagen Parken Stadium 38,065 Standard Package Group stage and round of 16 4
 England London Wembley Stadium 90,000 Finals Package
(withdrawn Standard Package)
Semi-finals and final
Group stage and two round of 16 (later added)
 Germany Munich Allianz Arena 70,000 Standard Package, Finals Package Group stage and quarter-finals 4
 Hungary Budapest Puskás Aréna 56,000 (proposed new 67,215 stadium) Standard Package Group stage and round of 16 4
 Israel Jerusalem Teddy Stadium 34,000 (to be expanded to 53,000) Standard Package Rejected 0
 Italy Rome Stadio Olimpico 70,634 Standard Package Opening match, group stage and quarter-finals 4
 Macedonia[a] Skopje Philip II Arena[b] 33,460 Standard Package Rejected 0
 Netherlands Amsterdam Amsterdam Arena[c] 54,990 (to be expanded to around 56,000) Standard Package Group stage and round of 16 4
 Republic of Ireland Dublin Aviva Stadium 51,700 Standard Package Group stage and round of 16
(later cancelled)
 Romania Bucharest Arena Națională 55,600 Standard Package Group stage and round of 16 4
 Russia Saint Petersburg Krestovsky Stadium 68,134 Standard Package Group stage (a second group later added) and quarter-finals 7
 Scotland Glasgow Hampden Park 51,866 Standard Package Group stage and round of 16 4
 Spain Bilbao San Mamés Stadium 53,289 Standard Package Group stage and round of 16
(later moved to La Cartuja in Seville)
 Sweden Stockholm Friends Arena 54,329 Standard Package Eliminated 0
 Wales Cardiff Millennium Stadium 74,500 Standard Package Eliminated 0
  1. ^ Now North Macedonia
  2. ^ Renamed in 2019 to Toše Proeski Arena.
  3. ^ Renamed in 2018 to Johan Cruyff Arena

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

Start of the pandemic and postponement

In early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe triggered concerns regarding its potential effect on players, staff and visitors to the twelve host cities of the tournament.[29] At the UEFA Congress in early March, UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin said the organisation was confident that the situation could be dealt with, while general secretary Theodore Theodoridis stated that UEFA was maintaining contact with the World Health Organization and national governments regarding the coronavirus.[30] The impact on football grew later that month, as numerous domestic and UEFA competition matches began taking place behind closed doors. By 13 March 2020, upcoming UEFA competition fixtures were postponed, while major European leagues were suspended, including the Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1, Premier League, and Serie A.[31]

UEFA held a videoconference on 17 March 2020 with representatives of its 55 member associations, along with a FIFPro representative and the boards of the European Club Association and European Leagues, to discuss the response to the outbreak for domestic and European competitions, including Euro 2020.[32] At the meeting, UEFA announced that the tournament would be postponed to the following year, proposing that it take place from 11 June to 11 July 2021.[33] The postponement allowed for pressure to be reduced on the public services in affected countries, while also providing space in the calendar for domestic European leagues that had been suspended to complete their seasons.[34] On the following day, the Bureau of the FIFA Council approved the date change in the FIFA International Match Calendar. As a result, the expanded FIFA Club World Cup, due to take place in June and July 2021, was cancelled.[35] On 23 April 2020, UEFA confirmed that the tournament would still be known as UEFA Euro 2020.[36][37]

Spectator plans and venue changes

In May 2020, Čeferin stated that in principle the tournament would take place in the twelve selected host cities. However, he did not rule out the possibility of reducing the number of cities, as three hosts were unsure if matches could be held under the new schedule.[38] The tournament venues and match schedule was reviewed by the UEFA Executive Committee during their meeting on 17 June 2020.[39] At the meeting, UEFA confirmed that all twelve original host venues would remain as hosts for the tournament in 2021, and approved the revised match schedule.[40][41] However, Čeferin stated in October 2020 that it was still possible that the tournament could be played in fewer than the planned twelve host countries.[42] The following month, UEFA stated that it "intends to hold Euro 2020 in the format and the venues confirmed earlier this year and we are working closely with all host cities on preparations".[43] It was also announced that each host was discussing with UEFA and local health authorities on whether the venue could host matches at full capacity, between 100% and 50% capacity, at 33% capacity or behind closed doors. Each host city was asked to draw up two or three plans from the four options. The restrictions could also involve only local spectators to be permitted at matches. A final decision on which scenario would be applied individually at each venue was originally to be made on 5 March 2021.[44][45] In October 2020, it was announced that UEFA matches would be suspended from taking place in Armenia and Azerbaijan until further notice due to the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war.[46] However, this did not affect the planning of Euro 2020 matches to be held in Baku.[47] This restriction was lifted in December 2020 following a ceasefire agreement between the countries.[48]

In a New Year's interview, Čeferin said, "Vaccination has started and I think we will be able to have full stands in the summer. For now, the plan is to play in all twelve countries. Of course, there are backup options in case a country has a problem. We are ready to organise competitions in eleven, ten or nine cities... and even only in one country, if necessary. However, I am 99.9 percent sure that we will have the European Championship in all twelve cities, as planned."[49][50] On 27 January 2021, UEFA met with the host associations to discuss operational matters, and reaffirmed the tournament would be held across twelve cities.[51] The deadline for hosts to submit their venue capacity plans was moved to 7 April 2021,[52] with a final decision on host cities and spectators to originally be made by the UEFA Executive Committee on 19 April 2021.[53] UEFA announced on the following day that Daniel Koch, the former head of communicable diseases at Switzerland's Federal Office of Public Health, would serve as the tournament's medical advisor on matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic.[54] In February 2021, the Israel Football Association offered to stage some tournament matches in the country, which had a high rate of vaccination. However, this was turned down by UEFA, who reiterated their commitment to the twelve host cities.[55] In a March 2021 interview, Čeferin said, "We have several scenarios, but the one guarantee we can make is that the option of playing any Euro 2020 match in an empty stadium is off the table. Every host must guarantee there will be fans at their games." UEFA subsequently stated that no host city would be automatically dropped should they decide to play matches behind closed doors. However, UEFA would need to consider whether it would make sense to play matches without spectators, or if these matches should be reallocated to other venues.[56] That same month, British prime minister Boris Johnson offered UEFA to host additional tournament matches in England should any venues need to be reassigned.[57]

On 9 April 2021, UEFA announced that eight of the original twelve tournament hosts confirmed their spectator plans, with stadium capacities ranging from 25% to 100%. Only Bilbao, Dublin, Munich and Rome had yet to submit their plans, with each host originally given an extension until 19 April 2021 to submit their venue capacities.[58] On 14 April, UEFA announced that Rome had guaranteed spectators for the tournament, and was therefore confirmed as a venue.[59] On 19 April, it was announced that another extension was given to the three remaining hosts until 23 April, when UEFA would make its final decision.[60] Due to the need to finalise ticketing details, host cities would have until 28 April to decide on whether to leave their spectator limits unchanged, or to upscale their allowed capacities.[61]

On 23 April, UEFA announced that Seville would replace Bilbao as tournament host, while the matches of Dublin would be reallocated to Saint Petersburg for the group stage and London for the round of 16.[10] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Republic of Ireland, the Football Association of Ireland was unable to receive assurances from the Government of Ireland and the Dublin City Council to allow spectators into the stadium.[62][63][64] Meanwhile, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said the sanitary conditions imposed by the Basque Government to host matches in Bilbao were "impossible to comply with", and thus would not allow for spectators to be present.[65] After being removed as hosts, the Bilbao City Council stated they held UEFA and RFEF "directly responsible for us not staging this sporting event and the unilateral cancellation of our contractual relationships", and threatened legal action for financial compensation.[66]

Also on 23 April, UEFA announced that local authorities had guaranteed "a minimum of 14,500 spectators" for the matches scheduled in Munich, which was therefore confirmed as host of four games.[10] However, both the regional government of Bavaria and the German interior ministry subsequently reiterated their position that there was no such guarantee, and admittance of spectators would depend on the actual pandemic situation at the time of the tournament.[67] A few days later, UEFA president Čeferin backtracked in an interview with a German newspaper, denying that UEFA had demanded guarantees for games with spectators, and conceding that "the local authorities will decide before the games whether spectators will be admitted or not."[68][69]

Semi-final and final venue

Italian President Sergio Mattarella speaks with the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson before the final

Wembley Stadium's hosting of both the semi-finals and the final was threatened over quarantine restrictions in the United Kingdom that fans and 2,500 VIPs would be subject to. The Puskás Aréna in Budapest was considered as an alternative venue, as Hungary would have no entry restrictions for travel within the Schengen Area and could host the matches at full capacity.[70] A spokesman for the Hungarian Football Federation said the organisation was "ready to host any high-level football event".[71] However, UEFA remained confident that Wembley could host the final, as the organisation and the UK government discussed quarantine exemptions,[72] but did not rule out a change in venue.[73] Minister Kit Malthouse said the government was doing "as much as we possibly can" to host the final,[74] while prime minister Boris Johnson stated they would try to make "sensible accommodations" for UEFA while still prioritising public health.[75] Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said the final should be held in Rome due to rising COVID-19 cases in the United Kingdom.[76] The following week, it was reported that officials and executives travelling for the matches would not need to self-isolate, though they would be subject to restrictions and required to remain in "football bubbles".[77][78]

Rule changes

On 31 March 2021, the UEFA Executive Committee approved the use of a maximum of five substitutions in matches at the tournament (with a sixth allowed in extra time).[7] However, each team are only given three opportunities to make substitutions, with a fourth opportunity allowed in extra time, excluding substitutions made at half-time, before the start of extra time and at half-time in extra time.[79] The use of five substitutes has been permitted by IFAB during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the resulting fixture congestion, which has created a greater burden on players.[80]

At the start of April 2021, UEFA also said they were considering allowing tournament squads to be expanded from the usual 23 players, following calls from national team managers in case of a possible COVID outbreak in a team, as well as to reduce player fatigue caused by the fixture congestion of the prior season.[81] On 27 April, it was reported that the UEFA National Team Competitions Committee had approved the expansion of squads to 26 players, subject to confirmation by the UEFA Executive Committee.[82] On 4 May 2021, the executive committee confirmed the use of 26-player squads. However, teams still may only name a maximum of 23 players on the match sheet for each tournament fixture (of which 12 are substitutes), in line with the Laws of the Game. These 23 must include three goalkeepers. It was also announced that after each team's first match, goalkeepers may still be replaced due to physical incapacity, even if the other goalkeepers from the squad are still available.[83]

Water breaks were permitted so that players could drink from their own personal bottles.[84] Cooling breaks, first seen at the 2014 FIFA World Cup were also permitted for games played in higher temperatures.[85]

Special rules due to COVID-19

On 4 May 2021, the UEFA Executive Committee approved special rules for the final tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe:[83][86]


Main article: UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

  Team qualified for UEFA Euro 2020
  Team failed to qualify

There was no automatic qualifying berth, and all 55 UEFA national teams, including the twelve national teams whose countries were selected to stage matches, had to compete in the qualifiers for the 24 places at the finals tournament.[87][88] As the host cities were appointed by UEFA in September 2014, before the qualifiers, it was possible for the national teams from the host cities to fail to qualify for the finals tournament. The qualifying draw was held on 2 December 2018 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Dublin, Ireland.[89]

The main qualifying process started in March 2019, instead of immediately in September 2018 following the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and ended in November 2019. The format remained largely the same, although only 20 of the 24 spots for the finals tournament were decided from the main qualifying process, leaving four spots still to be decided. Following the admission of Kosovo to UEFA in May 2016, it was announced that the 55 members at the time would be drawn into ten groups after the completion of the UEFA Nations League (five groups of five teams and five groups of six teams, with the four participants of the UEFA Nations League Finals guaranteed to be drawn into groups of five teams), with the top two teams in each group qualifying. The qualifiers were played on double matchdays in March, June, September, October and November 2019.[90]

With the creation of the UEFA Nations League starting in 2018,[91][90][92][93] the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League was linked with Euro qualifying, providing teams another chance to qualify for the tournament. Four teams from each division that had not already qualified for the European Championship competed in the play-offs for each division. The winners of the play-offs for each division, which were decided by two one-off semi-finals (the best-ranked team vs. the lowest-ranked team, and the second-best-ranked team vs. the third-best-ranked team, played at home of higher-ranked teams) and a one-off final (with the venue drawn in advance between the two semi-finals winners), joined the 20 teams that had already qualified for the tournament.[93]

Qualified teams

Of the 24 teams that qualified for the tournament, 19 were returning from the 2016 edition. Among them were Belgium and Italy, who both had recorded flawless qualifying campaigns (ten wins in ten matches),[94][95] defending European champions Portugal and world champions France, with Germany also qualifying for a record 13th straight European Championship.[96] Finland and North Macedonia made their European Championship debuts, having never previously qualified for a major tournament.[97][98] Scotland, a co-host of the tournament, qualified for their first major international tournament since the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and their first European Championship since 1996.[99] The Netherlands and Denmark returned after missing out in 2016, with the Dutch featuring in a major tournament for the first time since the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[100][101] For the first time, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, and Wales reached successive European Championship tournaments.[102][103] Greece, winners in 2004, were the only former champions that failed to qualify, missing their second straight European Championship and third consecutive major tournament.[104] Albania, Iceland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Romania failed to qualify after appearing in the 2016 finals.[105]

Nine out of eleven host countries managed to qualify for the final tournament. Denmark, England, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, and Spain all qualified directly, while Hungary and Scotland qualified only after winning their respective play-off path. Azerbaijan and Romania failed to qualify, with Azerbaijan failing to qualify from the group stage[106] and Romania losing in the play-off.[107]

Team[A] Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[B]
 Belgium Group I winner 10 October 2019 5 (1972, 1980, 1984, 2000, 2016)
 Italy Group J winner 12 October 2019 9 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
 Russia[C] Group I runner-up 13 October 2019 11 (1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
 Poland Group G winner 13 October 2019 3 (2008, 2012, 2016)
 Ukraine Group B winner 14 October 2019 2 (2012, 2016)
 Spain Group F winner 15 October 2019 10 (1964, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
 France Group H winner 14 November 2019 9 (1960, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
 Turkey Group H runner-up 14 November 2019 4 (1996, 2000, 2008, 2016)
 England Group A winner 14 November 2019 9 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2012, 2016)
 Czech Republic[D] Group A runner-up 14 November 2019 9 (1960, 1976, 1980, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
 Finland Group J runner-up 15 November 2019 0 (debut)
 Sweden Group F runner-up 15 November 2019 6 (1992, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
 Croatia Group E winner 16 November 2019 5 (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
 Austria Group G runner-up 16 November 2019 2 (2008, 2016)
 Netherlands Group C runner-up 16 November 2019 9 (1976, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Germany[E] Group C winner 16 November 2019 12 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
 Portugal Group B runner-up 17 November 2019 7 (1984, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
  Switzerland Group D winner 18 November 2019 4 (1996, 2004, 2008, 2016)
 Denmark Group D runner-up 18 November 2019 8 (1964, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2012)
 Wales Group E runner-up 19 November 2019 1 (2016)
 North Macedonia Play-off Path D winner 12 November 2020 0 (debut)
 Hungary Play-off Path A winner 12 November 2020 3 (1964, 1972, 2016)
 Slovakia[D] Play-off Path B winner 12 November 2020 4 (1960, 1976, 1980, 2016)
 Scotland Play-off Path C winner 12 November 2020 2 (1992, 1996)
  1. ^ Italic indicates team from one of the eleven host associations.
  2. ^ Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.
  3. ^ From 1960 to 1988, Russia competed as the Soviet Union, and in 1992 as CIS.
  4. ^ a b From 1960 to 1980, both the Czech Republic and Slovakia competed as Czechoslovakia.[108][109][110]
  5. ^ From 1972 to 1988, Germany competed as West Germany.


The 13 original venues were selected and announced by UEFA on 19 September 2014.[111] However, the UEFA Executive Committee removed Brussels as a host city on 7 December 2017 due to delays with the building of Eurostadium. The four matches (three group stage, one round of 16) initially scheduled to be held in Brussels were reallocated to Wembley Stadium in London.[9] On 23 April 2021, UEFA announced that due to a lack of guarantees regarding spectators caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Aviva Stadium in Dublin was removed as a tournament host. Their four matches were reallocated to Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg for the three group stage matches, and Wembley Stadium in London for the round of 16 fixture. Similarly, UEFA reassigned the four matches in Spain elsewhere in the country, with Estadio La Cartuja in Seville replacing San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao.[10]

On 7 December 2017, it was also announced that the opening match would take place at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, chosen ahead of Amsterdam, Glasgow and Saint Petersburg. UEFA decided that the opening match would feature Italy if they qualified.[9][112]

Of the eleven selected cities and countries, seven cities and six countries had never hosted a European Championship finals match before. Seville was not a venue when Spain hosted the 1964 European Nations' Cup, and none of Azerbaijan, Denmark, Hungary, Romania, Russia or Scotland had hosted the tournament previously. Of the eleven selected stadiums, only two had hosted a European Championship match before: the Stadio Olimpico (1968 and 1980) and the Johan Cruyff Arena (2000). The original Wembley stadium hosted games and the final in UEFA Euro 1996, but although it stood on the same site, this was classified as a different stadium to the current Wembley Stadium.

England London Italy Rome Germany Munich
Wembley Stadium Stadio Olimpico Allianz Arena
Capacity: 90,000 Capacity: 70,634 Capacity: 70,000
Azerbaijan Baku Russia Saint Petersburg Hungary Budapest
Olympic Stadium Krestovsky Stadium Puskás Aréna
Capacity: 68,000 Capacity: 68,134 Capacity: 67,215
Spain Seville Romania Bucharest Netherlands Amsterdam Scotland Glasgow Denmark Copenhagen
Estadio La Cartuja Arena Națională Johan Cruyff Arena Hampden Park Parken Stadium
Capacity: 57,600 Capacity: 55,600 Capacity: 54,990 Capacity: 51,866 Capacity: 38,065

Each city hosted three group stage matches and one match in the round of 16 or quarter-finals, with the exception of Saint Petersburg, which hosted six group stage matches, and London, which hosted two matches in the round of 16. The match allocation for the eleven stadiums is as follows:

Group stage hosts

The host cities were divided into six pairings, established on the basis of sporting strength (assuming all host teams qualify), geographical considerations and security/political constraints. The pairings were allocated to groups by means of a random draw on 7 December 2017. Each qualified host country played a minimum of two matches at home. The following group venue pairings were announced:[9]

The following criteria applied to define the home matches of host teams within the same group:[113]

If a host team in the play-offs failed to qualify, the path winner would take the spot of the host in the match schedule and therefore would play the two or three matches based on the above criteria in the host city of the respective host that failed to qualify. The draw took place on 22 November 2019, 12:00 CET, at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland (along with the draw for the play-offs).[114] In the draw, which was only necessary for Group B (Denmark and Russia), two balls were prepared, with the first drawn hosting the three matches.[115]

Allocation of group stage home matches to host countries
Group Host Status of host Draw Number of home matches
Three Two
A  Azerbaijan Eliminated in qualifying group stage No  Italy None
 Italy Qualified directly to finals
B  Denmark Qualified directly to finals Yes  Denmark  Russia
 Russia Qualified directly to finals
C  Netherlands Qualified directly to finals No  Netherlands None
 Romania Eliminated via play-offs
D  England Qualified directly to finals No  England  Scotland
 Scotland Qualified via play-offs
E  Republic of Ireland[a] Eliminated via play-offs No  Spain None
 Spain Qualified directly to finals
F  Germany Qualified directly to finals No  Germany  Hungary
 Hungary Qualified via play-offs
  1. ^ a b In April 2021, Dublin was removed as a tournament host, with their group stage matches reallocated to Saint Petersburg, who were already hosts of Group B.

Spectator limits

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting restrictions on public gatherings, many of the venues at the tournament were unable to operate at full capacity. UEFA asked each host to devise a spectator plan in conjunction with their local/national government and health authorities. The hosts were given a deadline of 7 April 2021 to communicate their plans with UEFA. On 9 April, UEFA announced that eight of the tournament hosts had confirmed their stadium capacities, ranging from 25% to 100%. The remaining four hosts (Bilbao, Dublin, Munich and Rome) were given an extension until 23 April to submit their venue capacities.[58] On 14 April, UEFA announced that Rome had also confirmed its venue capacity.[59] On 23 April, the venue capacity for Munich was also confirmed, while Bilbao was replaced by Seville, which could guarantee spectators. In addition, Dublin was removed as a host, as it was unable to ensure spectators could attend.[10]

Many of the matches did not see stadiums filled to their allowed capacity, with only Netherlands group stage matches that were played at the Johan Cruyff Arena seeing the stadium come within less than a thousand seats of being full. The match between England and Croatia saw an attendance of 18,497, compared to the allowed capacity of 22,500, with UEFA suggesting quarantine restrictions as the cause for the smaller attendance.[116]

Allowed capacities of UEFA Euro 2020 venues
City Venue Standard capacity Allowed capacity
Amsterdam Johan Cruyff Arena 54,990 At least 33% (approximately 16,000), subject to possible increase[117]
Baku Olympic Stadium 68,700 50% (approximately 34,350), with no foreign spectators permitted other than citizens of participating teams[118]
Bucharest Arena Națională 55,600 At least 25% (approximately 13,000) for the group stage and 50% (approximately 25,000) for the round of 16 match[119][120]
Budapest Puskás Aréna 67,215 Full capacity, subject to spectators fulfilling strict stadium entry requirements
Copenhagen Parken Stadium 38,065 40% (approximately 15,900) for the first match against Finland and 67% (approximately 25,000) for the remaining two group stage matches and the round of 16 match.[121]
Glasgow Hampden Park 51,866 25% (approximately 12,000)[122]
London Wembley Stadium 90,000 25% (approximately 22,500) for the group stage and the first match in the round of 16, 50% (approximately 45,000) for the second match in the round of 16 and 67% (approximately 60,000) for the semi-finals and final[123]
Munich Allianz Arena 70,000 20% (14,000)[124]
Rome Stadio Olimpico 70,634 At least 25% (approximately 17,659), subject to possible increase[125]
Saint Petersburg Krestovsky Stadium 68,134 At least 50% (approximately 34,067), subject to possible increase
Seville Estadio La Cartuja 60,000 30% (approximately 18,000)

Team base camps

Each team chose a "team base camp" for its stay between the matches. The teams trained and resided in these locations throughout the tournament, travelling to games staged away from their bases. Unlike previous tournaments, each team could set up their base camp anywhere due to the pan-European format, without any obligation of staying in any of the host countries.[126]

The base camps selected by the 20 directly qualified teams were announced by UEFA on 27 January 2020.[127] The base camps of the remaining teams qualified via the play-offs were announced in 2021.[128]

Team Base camp
 Austria Seefeld in Tirol, Austria
 Belgium Tubize, Belgium
 Croatia Rovinj, Croatia[a]
 Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic[b]
 Denmark Helsingør, Denmark
 England Burton upon Trent, England
 Finland Repino, Saint Petersburg, Russia
 France Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, France
 Germany Herzogenaurach, Germany
 Hungary Telki, Hungary
 Italy Coverciano, Florence, Italy
 Netherlands Zeist, Netherlands
 North Macedonia Bucharest, Romania
 Poland Sopot, Poland[c]
 Portugal Budapest, Hungary
 Russia Novogorsk, Khimki, Russia
 Scotland Hurworth-on-Tees, England[131]
 Slovakia Saint Petersburg, Russia[d]
 Spain Las Rozas de Madrid, Spain
 Sweden Gothenburg, Sweden[e]
  Switzerland Rome, Italy
 Turkey Baku, Azerbaijan
 Ukraine Bucharest, Romania
 Wales Baku, Azerbaijan
  1. ^ Originally St Andrews, Scotland,[127] but moved due to COVID-19 quarantine restrictions in Scotland.[129]
  2. ^ Originally Currie, Edinburgh, Scotland,[127] but moved due to COVID-19 quarantine restrictions in Scotland[130]
  3. ^ Originally Portmarnock, Republic of Ireland[127]
  4. ^ Originally Castleknock, Republic of Ireland,[132][133]
  5. ^ Originally Maynooth, Republic of Ireland.[127]

Final draw

The draw for the final tournament was held on 30 November 2019, 18:00 CET (19:00 local time, EET) at Romexpo in Bucharest, Romania.[134][135][136][106] The 24 teams were drawn into six groups of four. The identity of the four play-off teams were not known at the time of the draw and were identified as play-off winners A to D.[137] Should there have been groups that could not be finalised at the time of the final tournament draw, another draw would have been held after the play-offs on 1 April 2020,[1] but UEFA confirmed the additional draw was not necessary after the identity of the 20 directly qualified teams and the 16 play-offs teams was known.[115]

The teams were seeded in accordance with the European Qualifiers overall ranking based on their results in UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying. The following was the standard composition of the draw pots:[138]

As two host teams from the same group could not be in the same seeding pot, the UEFA Emergency Panel would have either switched one host team with the lowest-ranked team of the higher pot, or switched one host team with the highest-ranked team of the lower pot (based on the principle that the move would have minimal impact on the original seeding). However, no seeding adjustments were necessary.

The draw started with Pot 1 and completed with Pot 4, from where a team was drawn and assigned to the first available group. The position in the group (for the determination of the match schedule) was then drawn. In the draw, the following conditions applied (including for teams that could still qualify via the play-offs):[139]

Play-off path group allocation

Due to the format of the play-offs, which made anticipating all possible scenarios impossible, the UEFA administration had to wait to solve issues relating to the final tournament draw until the completion of the qualifying group stage.[113] It was not possible for UEFA to prevent one of the play-off paths from containing two host teams, resulting in Romania (Group C hosts) and Hungary (Group F hosts) being drawn together in Path A. Therefore, the winner of this play-off path needed to be assigned two groups in the final tournament draw. To allow for this, Path A was paired with Path D (which does not contain a host), therefore providing a clear scenario for each possible qualified team. A draw took place on 22 November 2019, 12:00 CET, at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland (along with the play-offs draw), which decided on the order of priority for the allocation of Path A to the final tournament groups.[115]

Two balls were prepared containing the names of the two groups hosted by the teams in question (Group C and Group F for Romania and Hungary, respectively). The first ball drawn determined the group ("priority group") that was allocated to Path A, except for the host team of the second ball drawn ("non-priority group") winning Path A. In the draw, Group F was selected as the priority group, resulting in the following possible outcomes:


The following was the composition of the pots, with teams divided and seeded as per their European Qualifiers overall ranking:[141]

Pot 1
Team Host Rank
 Belgium[a] 1
 Italy Group A 2
 England Group D 3
 Germany Group F 4
 Spain Group E 5
 Ukraine[a] 6
Pot 2
Team Host Rank
 France 7
 Poland 8
  Switzerland 9
 Croatia 10
 Netherlands Group C 11
 Russia Group B 12
Pot 3
Team Host Rank
 Portugal 13
 Turkey 14
 Denmark Group B 15
 Austria 16
 Sweden 17
 Czech Republic 18
Pot 4[b]
Team Host Rank
 Wales 19
 Finland 20
Play-off winner A Group C & F[c]
Play-off winner B Group E[d]
Play-off winner C Group D[e]
Play-off winner D[f]
  1. ^ a b Ukraine could not be drawn into the same group as Russia (Group B host). Since they also could not be drawn into any of the other four groups with Pot 1 hosts, Ukraine were assigned to Group C. Consequently, Belgium were assigned to Group B.
  2. ^ Identity of the four play-off winners was unknown at the time of the draw.
  3. ^ Romania (Group C host) and Hungary (Group F host) competed in play-off Path A, and thus the winner of Path A was assigned to two groups (Group C and Group F), with the final assignment depending on the identity of the Path A winner.
  4. ^ Republic of Ireland (original Group E host) competed in play-off Path B, and thus the winner of Path B was assigned to Group E.
  5. ^ Scotland (Group D host) competed in play-off Path C, and thus the winner of Path C was assigned to Group D.
  6. ^ Play-off Path D was paired with Path A (which contained two hosts), and thus the winner of Path D was assigned to two groups (Group C and Group F), with the final assignment depending on the identity of the Path A winner.

Draw results and group fixtures

The draw resulted in the following groups (teams in italics are play-off winners whose identity was not known at the time of the draw):

Group A
Group B
Group C
 North Macedonia
Group D
 Czech Republic
Group E
Group F

The fixtures for the group stage were decided based on the draw results, as follows:

Note: Positions for scheduling did not use the seeding pots, and instead used the draw positions, e.g. Team 1 was not necessarily the team from Pot 1 in the draw.

Group stage schedule
Matchday Dates Matches
Matchday 1 11–15 June 2021 1 v 2, 3 v 4
Matchday 2 16–19 June 2021 1 v 3, 2 v 4
Matchday 3 20–23 June 2021 4 v 1, 2 v 3


Main article: UEFA Euro 2020 squads

To lessen the load on players due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in case of an outbreak within a team, squad sizes were increased from 23 (used at every European Championship since 2004) to 26. However, the maximum number of players permitted on the match sheet for each tournament fixture remained 23.[83] Each nation's squad, which had to include three goalkeepers, was submitted at least ten days before the opening match of the tournament (by 1 June 2021). If a player became injured or ill severely enough to prevent his participation in the tournament before his team's first match, he could be replaced by another player;[1] however, goalkeepers could still be replaced after their team's first match due to physical incapacity.[83]

Match officials

On 27 September 2018, the UEFA Executive Committee approved the use of the video assistant referee (VAR) system for the first time at the UEFA European Championship.[8] On 12 February 2020, UEFA and CONMEBOL signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance collaboration, including the possibility of a team of South American match officials appointed for the group stage of the tournament.[142]

On 21 April 2021, UEFA announced the 19 refereeing teams for the tournament.[143] This included Argentine referee Fernando Rapallini and his assistants, who were the first South American officials to be selected for the European Championship as part of UEFA's referee exchange programme with CONMEBOL. A group of Spanish officials were similarly selected for the 2021 Copa América.[144]

A refereeing team of nine officials was appointed for each match. The team of five at the stadium consisted of a referee, two assistant referees, a fourth official and a reserve assistant referee.[144] In addition, four video match officials were located at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. This team consisted of a video assistant referee (the lead video official who was the main point of contact with the referee), an assistant video assistant referee (AVAR 1, who concentrated on following the match), an offside VAR (AVAR 2, who reviewed all potential offside situations) and a support VAR (AVAR 3, who acted in a coordination capacity).[145] The tournament used the 2021 Laws of the Game, which came into force on 1 July but could be introduced in competitions that began immediately beforehand.[146]

Refereeing teams
Country Referee Assistant referees Matches assigned[147]
 Germany Felix Brych Mark Borsch
Stefan Lupp
Netherlands–Ukraine (Group C)
Finland–Belgium (Group B)
Belgium–Portugal (Round of 16)
Ukraine–England (Quarter-finals)
Italy–Spain (Semi-finals)
 Turkey Cüneyt Çakır Bahattin Duran
Tarık Ongun
Hungary–Portugal (Group F)
Ukraine–Austria (Group C)
Croatia–Spain (Round of 16)
 Spain Carlos del Cerro Grande Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez
Roberto Alonso Fernández
France–Germany (Group F)
Croatia–Czech Republic (Group D)
 Sweden Andreas Ekberg Mehmet Culum
Stefan Hallberg
Austria–North Macedonia (Group C)
 Israel Orel Grinfeld Roy Hassan
Idan Yarkoni
Netherlands–Austria (Group C)
 Romania Ovidiu Hațegan Radu Ghinguleac
Sebastian Gheorghe
Poland–Slovakia (Group E)
Italy–Wales (Group A)
 Russia Sergei Karasev Igor Demeshko
Maksim Gavrilin
Italy–Switzerland (Group A)
Germany–Hungary (Group F)
Netherlands–Czech Republic (Round of 16)
 Romania István Kovács Vasile Marinescu
Ovidiu Artene
North Macedonia–Netherlands (Group C)
 Netherlands Björn Kuipers Sander van Roekel
Erwin Zeinstra
Denmark–Belgium (Group B)
Slovakia–Spain (Group E)
Czech Republic–Denmark (Quarter-finals)
Italy–England (Final)
 Netherlands Danny Makkelie Hessel Steegstra
Jan de Vries
Turkey–Italy (Group A)
Finland–Russia (Group B)
England–Germany (Round of 16)
England–Denmark (Semi-finals)
 Spain Antonio Mateu Lahoz Pau Cebrián Devís
Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar
Belgium–Russia (Group B)
England–Scotland (Group D)
Portugal–France (Group F)
 England Michael Oliver Stuart Burt
Simon Bennett
Hungary–France (Group F)
Sweden–Poland (Group E)
Switzerland–Spain (Quarter-finals)
 Italy Daniele Orsato Alessandro Giallatini
Fabiano Preti
England–Croatia (Group D)
Spain–Poland (Group E)
Sweden–Ukraine (Round of 16)
 Argentina Fernando Rapallini Juan Pablo Belatti
Diego Bonfá
Ukraine–North Macedonia (Group C)
Croatia–Scotland (Group D)
France–Switzerland (Round of 16)
 Germany Daniel Siebert Jan Seidel
Rafael Foltyn
Scotland–Czech Republic (Group D)
Sweden–Slovakia (Group E)
Wales–Denmark (Round of 16)
 Portugal Artur Soares Dias Rui Tavares
Paulo Soares
Turkey–Wales (Group A)
Czech Republic–England (Group D)
 England Anthony Taylor Gary Beswick
Adam Nunn
Denmark–Finland (Group B)
Portugal–Germany (Group F)
Italy–Austria (Round of 16)
 France Clément Turpin Nicolas Danos
Cyril Gringore
Wales–Switzerland (Group A)
Russia–Denmark (Group B)
 Slovenia Slavko Vinčić Tomaž Klančnik
Andraž Kovačič
Spain–Sweden (Group E)
Switzerland–Turkey (Group A)
Belgium–Italy (Quarter-finals)

In addition, UEFA announced 22 video match officials and twelve support match officials (who acted as fourth official or reserve assistant referee).[143] This included support referee Stéphanie Frappart, the first female official at the UEFA European Championship finals.[144]

Video match officials
Country Video assistant referees Offside VAR
 England Stuart Attwell
Chris Kavanagh
Lee Betts
 France Jérôme Brisard
François Letexier
Benjamin Pagès
 Germany Bastian Dankert
Christian Dingert
Marco Fritz
Christian Gittelmann
 Italy Marco Di Bello
Massimiliano Irrati
Paolo Valeri
Filippo Meli
 Netherlands Kevin Blom
Pol van Boekel
 Poland Paweł Gil
 Portugal João Pinheiro
 Spain Alejandro Hernández Hernández
Juan Martínez Munuera
José María Sánchez Martínez
Íñigo Prieto López de Cerain
Support match officials
Country Fourth official Reserve assistant referee
 Bulgaria Georgi Kabakov Martin Margaritov
 France Stéphanie Frappart Mikaël Berchebru
 Italy Davide Massa Stefano Alassio
 Poland Bartosz Frankowski Marcin Boniek
 Serbia Srđan Jovanović Uroš Stojković
 Switzerland Sandro Schärer Stéphane De Almeida

Opening ceremony

The opening ceremony took place at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy, on 11 June 2021 at 20:35 (CEST) prior to the first match of the tournament. Italian opera tenor Andrea Bocelli performed the song "Nessun dorma".[148] Martin Garrix, Bono and the Edge also featured, performing the tournament's official anthem, "We Are the People". The performance was a virtual one amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe and was filmed at motion-control studios in London and at the Stadio Olimpico to recreate the stadium environment in 3D.[149]

Group stage

Result of teams participating in UEFA Euro 2020

UEFA announced the original tournament schedule on 24 May 2018, which only included kick-off times for the opening match and quarter-finals onward.[150][151] The kick-off times of the remaining group stage and round of 16 matches were announced on 30 November 2019 following the final draw.[152] On 17 June 2020, UEFA announced the revised match schedule for the tournament in 2021.[153][154] All match dates, kick-off times and venues remained identical, but shifted one day earlier so matches would remain on the same day of the week (i.e. from 12 to 11 June for the opening match to remain on a Friday). On 23 April 2021, UEFA revised the venue assignments of the match schedule after one stadium was removed from the tournament and another was replaced.[155]

Group winners, runners-up, and the best four third-placed teams advanced to the round of 16.

Times are CEST (UTC+2), as listed by UEFA. If the venue was located in a different time zone, the local time is also given.


If two or more teams were equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following tie-breaking criteria were applied:[1]

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question;
  2. Superior goal difference resulting from the matches played between the teams in question;
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question;
  4. If, after having applied criteria 1 to 3, teams still had an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 3 were reapplied exclusively to the matches between the teams who were still level to determine their final rankings.[a] If this procedure did not lead to a decision, criteria 5 to 10 applied;
  5. Superior goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  7. Higher number of wins in all group matches;[b]
  8. If on the last round of the group stage, two teams were facing each other and each had the same number of points, as well as the same number of goals scored and conceded, and the score finished level in their match, their ranking was determined by a penalty shoot-out. (This criterion was not used if more than two teams had the same number of points.);
  9. Lower disciplinary points total in all group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card whenever it was a straight red or two yellows, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card);
  10. Higher position in the European Qualifiers overall ranking.


  1. ^ If there was a three-way tie on points, the application of the first three criteria could only break the tie for one of the teams, leaving the other two teams still tied. In this case, the tiebreaking procedure was resumed, from the beginning, for the two teams that were still tied.
  2. ^ This criterion could only break a tie if a point deduction were to occur, as multiple teams in the same group could not otherwise be tied on points but have a different number of wins.

Group A

UEFA Euro 2020 match between Italy and Switzerland

Main article: UEFA Euro 2020 Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Italy (H) 3 3 0 0 7 0 +7 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Wales 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 4[a]
3   Switzerland 3 1 1 1 4 5 −1 4[a]
4  Turkey 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7 0
Source: UEFA
(H) Hosts
  1. ^ a b Tied on head-to-head result (Wales 1–1 Switzerland). Overall goal difference was used as the tiebreaker.
Turkey 0–3 Italy
Wales 1–1  Switzerland
Olympic Stadium, Baku
Attendance: 8,782[157]
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)

Turkey 0–2 Wales
Italy 3–0  Switzerland
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 12,445[159]
Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)

Switzerland 3–1 Turkey
Olympic Stadium, Baku
Attendance: 17,138[160]
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
Italy 1–0 Wales
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 11,541[161]
Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (Romania)

Group B

Main article: UEFA Euro 2020 Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Belgium 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Denmark (H) 3 1 0 2 5 4 +1 3[a]
3  Finland 3 1 0 2 1 3 −2 3[a]
4  Russia (H) 3 1 0 2 2 7 −5 3[a]
Source: UEFA
(H) Hosts
  1. ^ a b c Tied on head-to-head points (3). Head-to-head goal difference: Denmark +2, Finland 0, Russia −2.
Denmark 0–1 Finland
Belgium 3–0 Russia

Finland 0–1 Russia
Denmark 1–2 Belgium

Russia 1–4 Denmark
Finland 0–2 Belgium

Group C

Main article: UEFA Euro 2020 Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Netherlands (H) 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Austria 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6
3  Ukraine 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
4  North Macedonia 3 0 0 3 2 8 −6 0
Source: UEFA
(H) Hosts
Austria 3–1 North Macedonia
Netherlands 3–2 Ukraine

Ukraine 2–1 North Macedonia
Netherlands 2–0 Austria

North Macedonia 0–3 Netherlands
Ukraine 0–1 Austria

Group D

Main article: UEFA Euro 2020 Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England (H) 3 2 1 0 2 0 +2 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Croatia 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4[a]
3  Czech Republic 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 4[a]
4  Scotland (H) 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1
Source: UEFA
(H) Hosts
  1. ^ a b Tied on head-to-head result (Croatia 1–1 Czech Republic) and overall goal difference (+1). Overall goals for was used as the tiebreaker.
England 1–0 Croatia
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 18,497[174]
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
Scotland 0–2 Czech Republic
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 9,847[175]
Referee: Daniel Siebert (Germany)

Croatia 1–1 Czech Republic
England 0–0 Scotland

Croatia 3–1 Scotland
Czech Republic 0–1 England

Group E

Main article: UEFA Euro 2020 Group E

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Spain (H) 3 1 2 0 6 1 +5 5
3  Slovakia 3 1 0 2 2 7 −5 3
4  Poland 3 0 1 2 4 6 −2 1
Source: UEFA
(H) Hosts
Poland 1–2 Slovakia
Spain 0–0 Sweden

Sweden 1–0 Slovakia
Spain 1–1 Poland

Slovakia 0–5 Spain
Sweden 3–2 Poland

Group F

Main article: UEFA Euro 2020 Group F

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5 Advance to knockout stage
2  Germany (H) 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 4[a]
3  Portugal 3 1 1 1 7 6 +1 4[a]
4  Hungary (H) 3 0 2 1 3 6 −3 2
Source: UEFA
(H) Hosts
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head result: Portugal 2–4 Germany.
Hungary 0–3 Portugal
Puskás Aréna, Budapest
Attendance: 55,662[186]
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
France 1–0 Germany

Hungary 1–1 France
Puskás Aréna, Budapest
Attendance: 55,998[188]
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
Portugal 2–4 Germany
Allianz Arena, Munich
Attendance: 12,926[189]
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)

Portugal 2–2 France
Germany 2–2 Hungary
Allianz Arena, Munich
Attendance: 12,413[191]
Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)

Ranking of third-placed teams

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 F  Portugal 3 1 1 1 7 6 +1 4 Advance to knockout stage
2 D  Czech Republic 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 4
3 A   Switzerland 3 1 1 1 4 5 −1 4
4 C  Ukraine 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
5 B  Finland 3 1 0 2 1 3 −2 3
6 E  Slovakia 3 1 0 2 2 7 −5 3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Wins; 5) Lower disciplinary points total; 6) European Qualifiers overall ranking.

Knockout stage

Main article: UEFA Euro 2020 knockout stage

President Sergio Mattarella celebrates Italy victory and Matteo Berrettini's Wimbledon Final

In the knockout stage, if a match was level at the end of normal playing time, extra time was played (two periods of 15 minutes each), with each team being allowed to make a sixth substitution.[7] If still tied after extra time, the match was decided by a penalty shoot-out.[1]

As with every tournament since UEFA Euro 1984, there was no third place play-off.

Times is CEST (UTC+2), as listed by UEFA. If the venue was located in a different time zone, the local time is also given.


Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
27 June 2021 – Seville
2 July 2021 – Munich
26 June 2021 – London
 Italy (a.e.t.)2
6 July 2021 – London
 Italy (p)1 (4)
28 June 2021 – Bucharest
 Spain1 (2)
 France3 (4)
2 July 2021 – Saint Petersburg
  Switzerland (p)3 (5)
  Switzerland1 (1)
28 June 2021 – Copenhagen
 Spain (p)1 (3)
11 July 2021 – London
 Spain (a.e.t.)5
 Italy (p)1 (3)
29 June 2021 – Glasgow
 England1 (2)
3 July 2021 – Rome
 Ukraine (a.e.t.)2
29 June 2021 – London
7 July 2021 – London
 England (a.e.t.)2
27 June 2021 – Budapest
3 July 2021 – Baku
 Czech Republic2
 Czech Republic1
26 June 2021 – Amsterdam

Round of 16

Wales 0–4 Denmark

Italy 2–1 (a.e.t.) Austria
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 18,910[193]
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)

Netherlands 0–2 Czech Republic
Puskás Aréna, Budapest
Attendance: 52,834[194]
Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)

Belgium 1–0 Portugal

Croatia 3–5 (a.e.t.) Spain

France 3–3 (a.e.t.)  Switzerland

England 2–0 Germany

Sweden 1–2 (a.e.t.) Ukraine
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 9,221[199]
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)


Switzerland 1–1 (a.e.t.) Spain

Belgium 1–2 Italy
Allianz Arena, Munich
Attendance: 12,984[201]
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)

Czech Republic 1–2 Denmark

Ukraine 0–4 England
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 11,880[203]
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)


Italy 1–1 (a.e.t.) Spain
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 57,811[204]
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

England 2–1 (a.e.t.) Denmark


Main article: UEFA Euro 2020 final

Italy 1–1 (a.e.t.) England


Main article: UEFA Euro 2020 statistics


Portugal captain and forward Cristiano Ronaldo won the Alipay Top Scorer award after scoring five goals in the tournament.

There were 142 goals scored in 51 matches, for an average of 2.78 goals per match.

The tournament had the highest goal average since UEFA Euro 1976, prior to the introduction of the group stage.[208] Eleven own goals were scored in the tournament, two more than at all the previous tournaments combined.[209] With his goals in this tournament, Cristiano Ronaldo became the top goalscorer at the European Championship with 14 goals.[210]

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal