The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has decided not to expand the European Championship – for now.
They will stick with 24 teams when the UK and Ireland jointly host the 2028 men’s tournament, Sky News understands.
The feasibility of expanding the event to 32 countries has been explored by European football’s governing body.
But give the place to more than half of them UEFAThe 55 countries at the four-year finals will either reduce qualifying values or require a format overhaul to ensure matches remain engaging.
So it is understandable that UEFA currently has no plans to add eight more teams to the final round after increasing from 16 to 24 at Euro 2016.
UEFA members endorsed the retention of 24 Euro teams at Saturday’s meeting – a stance now being put forward by the national teams committee to be approved by the governing body’s executive committee.
Saturday’s meetings of European football’s leaders took place in Frankfurt ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2024 qualifying draw.
Ahead of that tournament – which is being held across Germany – UEFA is planning to vote in 2023 for the host countries of Euro 2028 and 2032.
Joint bids from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland are facing competition from Turkey for Euro 2028. Turkey is also competing for the 2032 edition with Italy.
Wembley hosted the Euro 2020 final and seven other matches in a competition delayed by the pandemic that took place across the continent last year.
Despite the turmoil involving England fans before losing the final, UEFA showed its support for Wembley by hosting a match there in June between European champions Italy and South American champion Argentina.
England are also hosting the Women’s European Championships this summer – with England beating Germany in the final at Wembley.
The Euro women’s soccer tournament is set to remain at 16 teams as UEFA tries to grow the event commercially.
UEFA said in a statement: “Review of the national team competitions is currently underway. UEFA will not comment on the matter until consultations with the national associations have been completed. completed.”