Five football associations in UK and Ireland confirmed their focus on bidding EURO 2028 instead of World Cup 2030. The latter plan has been reportedly abandoned since UEFA implicitly snubbed it.
They can only support one joint host from their own zone. They seem to be more in favour of the Iberian duo, Portugal-Spain, for the World Cup 2030 bid, than the others. Thus, UK and Ireland have reached agreement to drop the plan. They are expected to speed up the EURO 2028 application process before the deadline on March, 23. FA alongside with Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales FA plus FAI Ireland released their official statement regarding their plan:
"On balance, the five associations have decided to focus solely on an official bid to host UEFA EURO 2028, and have agreed not to bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup. Hosting a UEFA EURO offers a similar return on investment, with the European tournament carrying a far lower delivery cost and the potential of the benefits being realised sooner."
Based on the UEFA EURO 2028 bidding schedule, the confirmation on that date is only the initial stage. The next ones will be the requirements announcement for the bidders on March 30, followed by UEFA’s official announcement on the approved bidders on April 5 and the submission of all necessary bidding documents on 12th of April, 2023. The tournament host will be announced on September, 2023.
Despite FA’s optimism on being selected again after hosting several matches in EURO 2020 earlier, there will not be any warranty of it. UK-Ireland will still be facing off other potential hosting candidates such as the Balkans which include Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia; Greece, Turkey who will have been bidding for EURO five times in a row since 2004 and the reigning Champions Italy who are still weighing their options.
The European football governing body has been considering the possibility of another contestant expansion. It is said that there will be 32 teams instead of 24 for the 2028 edition. Such has not been confirmed yet since their last expansion was only six years ago. France 2016 marked the beginning of 24-team tournament format. Therefore, it might be rather too soon for another overhaul.
The next EURO will be staged in 2024. Germany will be exclusively hosting the championship after their first one in 1988. Die Mannschaft shall be looking for redemption after the failure of Jurgen Klinsmann and Co in that edition. They were bitterly defeated by Netherlands 2-1 at the last four.