The countries’ Football Associations stated on Wednesday, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Ireland have submitted a joint Expression of Interest (EOI) to hold the European Championship in 2028.
Britain and Ireland had declared plans previous month for a bid to hold the tourney following dropping plans to bid for the 2030 World Cup after a viability study.
“The governments of the UK, Ireland, Scotland and Wales have confirmed their support for the EOI submission and, given the Northern Ireland Executive is currently not meeting formally, officials there continue to observe the process closely,” they stated in a joint statement.
“Over the coming months, we will develop our proposals further, subject to the publication by UEFA of the full technical specification.”
“This includes engaging in discussions with possible host cities and stadia to define the optimum tournament, model and conducting a full costs and benefits analysis.”
UEFA mentioned in October that countries concerned in hosting the 2028 European Championship must vouch their bid by 23rd of March. The list of bidders will be declared in April whilst the hosts will be recruited in September 2023.
Minimum eligibility include having 10 stadiums availability, with 1 having a capacity of at least 60,000 and 2 locations with at least 50,000 seats.
Europe’s soccer governing body also mentioned automatic qualification as hosts would not be pledged if more than 2 countries submit a joint bid.
The 2024 competition will be hosted by Germany.