Host selection EURO 2024 - votes for host country Germany

Germany has been awarded EURO 2024 by UEFA. On this page you can read everything you need to know about the allocation of the host country for the European Football Championship, such as the interested candidates, the bidding files, the selection procedure and the voting round.

President Aleksander Ceferin announced on Thursday 27 September 2018 that Germany received the most votes.

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    17 members of the board of the European Football Association were allowed to vote, resulting in the following results:

    • Germany : 12 votes
    • Turkey : 4 votes
    • Invalid : 1 vote

    The UEFA president spoke highly of both submitted bid files. "I am very much looking forward to the next celebration of the best European national teams in 2024, and I know that Germany will be a great host country and that we will see a great tournament both on and off the pitch."

    The president of the German Football Association DFB, Reinhard Grindel, thanked UEFA for the appreciation. From day one, the DFB will be busy with the tournament to meet the high expectations.

    Bid file Germany for EURO 2024
    Bid file Germany for EURO 2024

    Germany or Turkey?

    The European Championship 2024 will be organized by Germany or Turkey. These are the only two interested countries that have reported to UEFA before the deadline of Friday 3 March 2017. UEFA has sent an official invitation to all member countries on 9 December 2016. Germany and Turkey have indicated in the meantime that they want to organize the final tournament.

    Initially, some Scandinavian countries also wanted to bid for the organization of the European Football Championship in 2024, but Sweden and Norway dropped out a week before the deadline. 

    One of the countries that also wanted to apply for the organization of EURO 2024 is the Netherlands. On 23 March 2012, the KNVB indicated that it would like to organize such a major event in the future. "The KNVB is discussing whether we can possibly organize major events, but a European Championship will only be a serious option before the 2024 tournament," said Bert van Oostveen.

    Germany indicated on 20 January 2017 that it wanted to organize the European football tournament in the year 2024. Germany was also the host country for the European Football Championship in 2006, as well as in 1988 when the Netherlands won the tournament.

    Turkey expressed their interest to UEFA on 15 February 2017. Turkey was already interested in organizing matches for the 2020 European Championship in the past, but decided against it in 2014. The European Championship 2020 will be played in different countries. The 2020 Olympic Games and the 2016 European Championship were also not awarded to Turkey.

    UEFA announced on September 27, 2018 who will be the host country for the European Football Championship. When he was appointed as UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin indicated that the European Football Championship will be organized by one country, but later it was indicated that joint bids are also allowed. Countries had until March 3, 2017 to express their interest to the European Football Association.


    The following countries have indicated that they will apply:

    • Germany (expressed interest on 10 February 2015, confirmed on 20 January 2017, bid file submitted on 24 April 2018)
    • Turkey (expressed interest on March 29, 2016, confirmed on February 15, 2017, bid file submitted on April 26, 2018)
    Bid file Germany for EURO 2024
    Bid file Germany for EURO 2024


    The following countries have indicated that they are considering a bid:

    • Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland (April 4, 2016 and dropped out on February 27, 2017)
    • Italy
    • Estonia and Russia
    • Romania and Hungary
    • Netherlands (March 23, 2012 )

    Host selection procedure

    UEFA revealed on 5 November 2014 that the organizer of the 2024 European Football Championship will be announced in September 2018.

    Football stadiums

    The bidding process started on December 9, 2016, whereby potential host countries must meet a number of conditions:

    • There must be at least 9 or 10 stadiums in which the matches can be played
    • At least 4 stadiums must have a capacity of at least 30,000 seats
    • At least 3 stadiums must have a capacity of at least 40,000 seats
    • At least 2 or 3 stadiums must have a capacity of at least 50,000 seats
    • 1 stadium must have a capacity of at least 60,000 seats
    • Joint bids are allowed, but qualification is only guaranteed for a maximum of two host countries
    • Joint bids are only allowed by countries that are adjacent to each other

    Timeline selection procedure

    • December 9, 2016: The official invitation to bid on the organization has been sent to all UEFA countries
    • March 3, 2017 at 6:00 PM: Deadline for national football associations to confirm their interest in a bid
    • March 10, 2017: Announcement of all interested countries
    • 27 April 2018 at 6:00 PM: deadline for national football associations to submit their detailed bid file to UEFA
    • September 27, 2018: allocation of the 2024 European Football Championship

    Bid file and agreement

    The bidding agreement is a document signed by the national football association, based on a standard UEFA template. The agreement contains an agreement for the organization as a whole, an agreement for the stadiums and an agreement for the host cities. The standard template is a UEFA document containing a manual and rules on how the bidding file should look and what it should contain.

    The bidding dossier contains all the necessary documents that a country must submit to UEFA. This is a formal bid from the country for the organization of the final tournament. The bidding files must be drawn up in the English language.

    UEFA also hands over the bidding conditions to the interested European football associations. This contains all the conditions that a host country must meet in order to be allowed to organize the European Football Championship. This includes minimum requirements for stadiumshost cities, transport/logistics, infrastructure, finances, administration and commerce.

    UEFA also requires various guarantees from national and local governments in advance, so that there are no surprises afterwards. It may therefore happen that laws have to be changed in order to meet the requirements of the European Football Association.

    Any member of UEFA can make a bid. It is also permitted to make a bid jointly with another UEFA country, provided that the countries are located next to each other.

    European Championship 2024: United by football
    European Championship 2024: United by football

    Voting procedure for the allocation

    Each member of the UEFA Executive Committee takes part in the voting procedure for the allocation of the European Football Championship. He/she makes a ranking of bidding countries in order of his/her preference, with the most preferred country at the top. Points will be awarded by the tellers based on each voter's rankings. The bottom of the ranking gets 1 point and each country above that gets 1 point more than the previous one. The country that is at the top of a voter's ranking therefore receives as many points as the number of bidding countries. According to UEFA guidelines, the country in first place receives an additional 2 points. For example, if there are 5 bidding countries, the country that is in first place in a ranking receives 5+2=7 points.

    Procedure with 3 or more bidders

    A bidding country that receives an absolute majority of the points in the first round of voting will host the European Football Championship.

    If no country achieves an absolute majority in the first round of voting, the 2 countries with the most points will proceed to the second round of voting. If no two best countries have emerged from the first rounds, an intermediate round will take place. This is the case if several countries have finished in second place in the first round. There will then be a second vote between all numbers 2. In case of a tie in the intermediate round, the vote of the chairman will be decisive.

    The country that receives the most points during the second round of voting will be allowed to host the tournament. In case of a tie in the second round, the chairman's vote will be decisive.

    Procedure with 2 bidders

    The bidding country receiving the most points will host the sporting event. In the event of a tie, the chairman's vote will be decisive.

    Principles of UEFA in host selection

    UEFA will ensure that bidding countries are treated fairly, transparently and consistently. A bidder may not make a comparison between its own bid and that of another country. You are also not allowed to comment on someone else's offer. Finally, a potential organizer may not enter into an agreement with another bidder or third party that gives them an advantage over other bidders.

    UEFA, its delegates and the bidding countries underline that they will behave with dignity and in an ethical manner throughout the bidding process. Each bidding association will ensure that they do not behave in a manner that discredits UEFA, the bidding process, European football and EURO 2024.

    Bidding countries must keep an eye on the financial background when drawing up the bidding dossiers. Excessive and overspending should be avoided.

    Members of UEFA are prohibited from offering or accepting any gift or advantage. This applies in particular to donations made to UEFA or its representatives in order to be awarded the European Football Championship. UEFA employees, in turn, are also prohibited from accepting donations in connection with the bidding process. Gifts, other than money, may be accepted, provided the value does not exceed €300. This gift is then seen as tribute, respect or friendship. If a UEFA employee is offered a gift that is not allowed, he/she must report it immediately.

    Bidders may promote their participation in the bidding process and parts of their bidding file. In addition, the promotion may only be shown in its own country, any publication that is generally available in another country is not allowed. This advertisement may not use persons who are not citizens of the country. Promotion at international airports is not allowed, as well as during international events in the country. When promoting the bid file in your own country, it must always be stated that it concerns 'candidate for' or 'bidder for' together with 'UEFA EURO 2024'. The texts must not be misleading.

    All intellectual property rights for all purposes around the world related to the football event belong solely and exclusively to UEFA. This includes the bidding procedure, bidding conditions and the bidding file. All material that a football association has developed for the bidding file will become the direct property of UEFA.

    Countries that bid for the organization of the football tournament may enter into sponsorship contracts, subject to approval by UEFA. This also applies to rights obtained in connection with the bidding procedure. Agreements and rights obtained in the name of the bidding process may not be used for any other purpose.

    It is permitted to set up a digital platform, such as a website, with information about the bidding procedure for the organization of the European Football Championship.

    It is forbidden for bidding countries to invite representatives of UEFA to visit the country for the purpose of the selection process. Exceptions are of course visits for other purposes, such as a work meeting or meeting organized by UEFA. During a visit to a country, delegates may not expressly state that they are part of the selection process. The costs of travel and accommodation may not be reimbursed by the potential host countries.

    UEFA may request financial information. Particular attention is paid to financial contributions from other parties in connection with participating in the bidding process. This information will not be publicly disclosed to UEFA unless the bidder does so itself. The bidding participants must also keep records of their revenues and costs in a separate administration.

    Human rights are important

    UEFA will pay strict attention to human rights in the allocation of the tournament. Before one of the countries is allowed to organize the European Football Championship, it must have labor rights and human rights in the country in order. Corruption must also be fought, according to UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin. 

    "The protection of human and labor rights is very important to the European Football Association. UEFA cannot start announcing their strict selection policy early enough. Germany and Turkey must be able to demonstrate that they can guarantee the rights when submitting their bid."

    The strict policy does not only apply to the European Football Championship, but to all UEFA matches.

    Germany and Turkey have submitted their bid files

    Germany and Turkey have officially submitted their bid files to UEFA. The deadline is Friday 27 April 2018 and no other country has reported to the European Football Association.

    The German and Turkish football associations had already expressed their interest in March 2017, and have now handed over an extensive document in which all the details have been worked out.

    The German Football Association (DFB) submitted the file on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, while the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) submitted the file on Thursday, April 26, 2018, one day before the deadline. DFB President Reinhard Grindel and TFF President Yildirim Demirören personally handed over the documents to UEFA Secretary General Theodore Theodoridis in Nyon.

    According to the German Grindel, his country has made an excellent offer for a perfectly organized tournament, which offers a good opportunity for UEFA to further develop football in Europe. By holding the event in the middle of Europe, all participants will be supported by many supporters. Germany wants to bring people and countries together by making visible the values of football and civilized society.

    Demirören said Turkey has now submitted its best ever offer to UEFA. The country has shown interest in organizing the European Football Championship three times before, but has never been allowed to organize the tournament. The parties and governments have given all guarantees, without reservation, ensuring financial success. 

    Germany was represented by Friedrich Curtius, Philipp Lahm and Celia Sasic. Turkey sent Servet Yardimci, Ali Dürüst, Cengiz Zülfikaroğlu, Alaattin Aykaç, Mustafa Çağlar, Kadir Kardaş and Barış Telli.

    In the coming weeks, UEFA will start evaluating the submitted files. The Football Association will publish a written report with their findings at the end of September 2018. On September 27, 2018, people will vote in Nyon who can organize the football event.

    Logo allocation of Euro 2024 to Germany
    Logo allocation of Euro 2024 to Germany

    Interested countries in the organization

    Norway and Sweden are not bidding

    Norway and Sweden are not bidding for the organization. Some time ago, the Scandinavian countries wanted to make a joint offer to UEFA.

    On Friday, February 24, 2017, Sweden and Norway dropped out to host the final tournament. Together with Denmark, Finland and Iceland, these countries wanted to win the organization of the football tournament. 

    Sweden has decided not to make an offer because they think they will not be able to meet UEFA's requirements in time. Chairman Karl-Erik Nilsson of the Swedish Football Association was the first to drop out during a meeting with the other Scandinavian countries. Nevertheless, the chairman wants to organize a European Football Championship in the future.

    To date, Germany and Turkey have officially confirmed that they will make a bid. Germany is the big favourite. 

    Turkey wants to host the European Football Championship 2024 and will make an offer

    Turkey wants to host the 2024 European Football Championship. On March 2, the bid will be officially submitted to UEFA by the Turkish Football Association TFF.

    Turkish Sports Minister Akif Cagatay Kilic and Chairman Yildirim Demiroren confirmed the interest on 15 February 2017. Europe's football associations have until March 3, 2017 to submit their official bid to UEFA, so the Turks will do so one day before the deadline.

    Turkey was already interested in organizing matches for the 2020 European Championship in the past, but decided against it in 2014. The European Championship 2020 will be played in different countries. The 2020 Olympic Games and the 2016 European Championship were also not awarded to Turkey.

    The 2024 European Championship will be the biggest sporting event Turkey has hosted. Kilic says he hopes for a wonderful outcome for his country. He said the offer has the approval of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The chance that Turkey will be allowed to organize EURO 2024 is quite high, as the Football Association has made significant progress in recent years in terms of organization and football stadiums.

    For the organization, Turkey has so far only had competition from Germany. In addition, it is expected that Scandinavian countries will make a bid, whether or not jointly. In 2018, UEFA will announce who will be the host country for the football tournament.

    Germany is interested in the organization

    Germany is interested in the organization. The German Football Association announced this on January 20, 2017.

    So far, the Germans are the only country that wants to organize the European Football Championship in 2024. It is possible that Turkey and Scandinavian countries will also make an official offer, but none of these countries have confirmed that.

    In 2006, Germany hosted the World Football Championship, which later turned out not to have gone well. Germany won the election by secretly paying money, something Franz Beckenbauer never admitted. Nevertheless, the chairman of the German Football Association, Wolfgang Niersbach, was later suspended.

    The new chairman, Reinhard Grindel, wants to bring the tournament to his country. In doing so, the organization must set an example for all of German football. Germany's bid should also be an inspiration with regard to the allocation of the 10 host cities.

    Germany has already hosted the European Football Championship in 1988. This tournament was won by the Netherlands.

    Date published: 27-04-2018 | Date updated: 16-08-2023 | Author:

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