The Executive Committee of the Governing Body met in Switzerland on Wednesday and validated the desire of each of the 12 original host cities to go again after this summer’s Finals, which should now have been in full flow, were postponed by a year die to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The FAI, with full Government backing, had indicated its desire to hit restart at the end of April.
At the time Minister Shane Ross said that “Since the outset of this project it has been the goal of the Government, the FAI, Dublin City Council and other stakeholders that Dublin be the best of the 12 hosting cities – that goal remains.”
“It will be a great opportunity to remind the world of how well we can deliver top-class sporting events and to boost our international profile in a positive way.”
The four games scheduled for the Aviva Stadium will now be played on June 14, 18, 23 and 29 in 2021. Ireland are set to play two games on home soil if Stephen Kenny’s team come through the Play-Offs.
The date for that play-off semi final, away to Slovakia has also been confirmed for October 8th with a Final against Northern ireland or Bosnia, should the Republic of ireland come through, pencilled in for November 12th.
All being well they could be two of a potential six or seven matches for the senior men’s team between September 3rd and November 16th.
“We are delighted that Dublin’s willingness to remain as a host for the four games at UEFA EURO 2020 has been validated by UEFA’s ExCo,” said Interim FAI CEO Gary Owens.
“This is a huge event for Dublin and for Ireland and the FAI is excited, in conjunction with the Government, Dublin City Council, Aviva Stadium and all of our partners, to welcome the tournament to our shores next year.”
“The European Championships is one of the biggest sporting events in the world and we have no doubt that Dublin will be one of the best venues hosting UEFA EURO 2020 games next summer.”
UEFA has confirmed that all existing tickets remain valid for the tournament in 2021. Existing ticket buyers who nevertheless wish to return their ticket(s), will have a final opportunity to request a refund from 18 June to 25 June via euro2020.com/tickets
Dates for potential future ticket sales including for fans of the four teams that will qualify via the Play-Offs will be confirmed at a later stage.
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