Will fans be admitted to the European Football Championship next summer? There are four scenarios on the table

The European Football Association UEFA will make a decision on March 5 about allowing fans to enter the stadiums during the European Football Championship next summer. This continues exceptionally in twelve host cities, each of which will be given its own scenario.

The 2020 European Football Championship had to be a festive edition. To celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the tournament, it was decided that the tournament would exceptionally not take place in one or two countries. UEFA, on the other hand, chose no fewer than twelve host cities in twelve different countries.

However, the corona virus threw a spanner in the works and in mid-March UEFA already decided to postpone the EURO 2020 to the summer of 2021. The hope was to have fans in the stadiums again by then.

In the meantime, it has become clear that that hope was a bit too optimistic. Europe is now being ravaged by a heavy second wave. And despite the promising reports about corona vaccines, it is far from clear what next summer will look like.

Four scenarios

Nevertheless, UEFA wants to decide within a little over three months whether or not to allow fans in the stadiums during the European Championship. It has drawn up four scenarios for this.

The most optimistic assumes that stadiums are completely full, so that the pandemic is under control. The following takes into account a capacity between 50 and 100 percent. The third scenario assumes an occupancy rate of 33 percent and the last scenario is about empty stadiums.

Decision on March 5

Each host city has to work out plans for two or three of those scenarios in the coming weeks. They then have to submit that plan to UEFA. it will eventually take the plunge per stadium on 5 March. Such an early decision is necessary to get everything organizational change.

The European Championship starts next summer on June 11. The Red Devils play their first game in Saint Petersburg a day later

The European Championship starts next summer on June 11. The Red Devils will play their first match in Saint Petersburg against Russia a day later. On June 17 they hit Denmark in Copenhagen. The third group match against Finland is scheduled for June 21 again in Saint Petersburg.


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