The UEFA Executive Committee has authorised the match schedule for UEFA Euro 2024. The tournament will be held across ten cities in Germany from 14 June to 14 July 2024. The opening game will be played at the Fussball Arena in Munich whereas the final will be held in Berlin at the Olympiastadion. Germany will be in Group A and will play the opening game of the tournament.
In the press release issued by the UEFA, sustainability has been a key measure behind the planning of Euro 2024 schedule. The tournament will be played in three clusters as the country is divided into three regions – North/North-East, West and South.
The statement said, “For the first time, sustainability has been included as a criterion in the tournament regulations and, consequently, three clusters of venues have been established: “North/North-East” (Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig), “West” (Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Cologne) and “South” (Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart).”
“Matches in each group will take place only across two clusters, which will reduce travel distances for teams and fans between the host cities, and favours team delegations travelling by train or bus from their base camps to the match venues during the group stage,” the statement continued.
The fixtures and kick-off times are set to be announced around the final draw on 2 December 2023 at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. The qualifying is scheduled for 9 October 2022, at the Festhalle in Frankfurt. The full tournament regulations will be available on UEFA.com from 16 May.
🗓️ The @EURO2024 match schedule has been finalised.
🇩🇪 14 June: Fussball Arena in Munich to host opening match.
🏟️ 14 July: Olympiastadion Berlin to stage final.
Matches in each #EURO2024 group will also reduce travel distances for teams and fans between the host cities.
— UEFA EURO 2024 (@EURO2024) May 10, 2022
Notably, the German team had a disappointing campaign in Euro 2020 as they were eliminated in the round of 16 by England. Since then Die Mannschaft have brought in a new coach in Hansi Flick. The Heidelberg-born has been one of the top coaches in world football where he led Bayern Munich to win the Sextuple of trophies in the 2019-2020 season.
“It all happened surprisingly quickly for me with the signing, but I am very happy to be able to work as a national coach from the autumn,” Flick said. “My anticipation is huge because I see the class of the players, especially the young players in Germany. We have every reason to approach the upcoming tournaments, for example, the home European Championship in 2024, with optimism”, he added.