The FA has confirmed that Great Britain and Ireland have submitted a “preliminary bid document” in their campaign to host Euro 2028, with 14 venues nominated to host matches.
The five nations have long been touted to make a bid for a major tournament, with the 2030 World Cup first proposed.
Instead, they are taking a gamble to host Euro 2028 instead, with an official statement confirming the bid released on Wednesday.
“The UK and Ireland bid to host UEFA EURO 2028 has today submitted our preliminary bid documentation – a key moment in UEFA’s campaign process,” the statement read.
“The bid sets out our clear and compelling vision for UEFA EURO 2028: ‘Football for all. Football for good. Football for the future”.
“Key to this vision is a commitment to diversity, social purpose and innovation to deliver an outstanding UEFA EURO 2028 that will create unforgettable memories in sold-out, iconic stadiums in famous football cities known worldwide.
“We are delighted that government partners in the UK, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and officials in Northern Ireland support this bid.
“Together we believe we can deliver a world-class tournament and that hosting UEFA EURO 2028 will achieve a strong and sustainable legacy for football and society at large, helping to drive economic growth in local communities.
“We are working with UEFA and our plan is to host a tournament that will be a catalyst for transformative development of grassroots football – with a pledge to share previous initiatives with European national associations to accelerate growth across the continent.
“Great Britain and Ireland’s track record of hosting successful major sporting events over many decades means we have the expertise and experience to take this world-class tournament to new heights.
“Our compact plan and ground-breaking multi-partner collaboration can usher in a new era for the EURO. Through the latest digital and marketing innovations, we will help UEFA and its partners engage new audiences and the world’s youth to extend the impact and reach of the tournament further than ever before earlier.”
14 stadiums have been included in the bid, the majority of which come from England.
Of England’s nine nominated stadiums, three of them are in London – Wembley Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and London Stadium. Villa Park, Old Trafford, Etihad Stadium, St James’ Park, Stadium of Light and Everton’s new stadium are also included in the bid.
Two Irish stadiums – Aviva Stadium and Croke Park – are included in the bid, as is Casement Park Stadium in Northern Ireland.
Scotland’s Hampden Park and Wales’ Principality Stadium complete the bid.