Cardiff's Principality Stadium is set to host UEFA European Championships matches in 2028 after it was announced the UK and Ireland's bid to host the tournament had been successful. 

The UK and Ireland bid is subject to final approval from UEFA’s executive committee next week but looks like a done deal after the only other bid on the table from Turkey was withdrawn, so they could focus on a joint effort with Italy to host Euro 2032.

The joint bid was put forward back in April and sees the footballing associations of England (FA), Scotland (SFA), Wales (FAW), Northern Ireland (IFA) and the Republic of Ireland (FAI) join together.

South Wales Guardian: It was revealed this morning the only other bid for Euro 2028 had been withdrawn.It was revealed this morning the only other bid for Euro 2028 had been withdrawn. (Image: PA)

UEFA issued a statement on Wednesday morning which read: “Further to the announcement on July 28 which revealed the desire of the Italian and Turkish FAs to submit a joint bid to stage UEFA EURO 2032, the UEFA administration has today written to both associations to confirm that their joint bid has been duly received and will go forward for assessment and consideration by the UEFA executive committee.

“As indicated by the FA of Türkiye with its submission of the request for a joint bid, their bid to stage UEFA EURO 2028 is consequently withdrawn.

“The award of both tournaments still requires the approval of the executive committee at its meeting in Nyon on October 10.

"The presentations at that meeting will be an important part of the process which will take due consideration of the content of the bid submissions before reaching a decision.”

Principality Stadium to host Euro 2028 matches under a different name

There were 10 UK stadiums from across the UK submitted as part of the UK and Ireland bid that are now set to host Euro 2028 fixtures.

Principality Stadium is one of those venues, but it will host matches under a different name - National Stadium of Wales.

The name change will only be in place for the Euro 2028 tournament due to UEFA's rules over sponsorship.

South Wales Guardian: Principality Stadium could be set to host up to six Euro 2028 matches including the opening game.Principality Stadium could be set to host up to six Euro 2028 matches including the opening game. (Image: PA)

Wales is hoping to stage as many as six matches at the National Stadium of Wales with Football Association of Wales chief executive, Noel Mooney adding Cardiff could be in line to stage the opening game of the tournament.

The 10 stadiums selected as venues for the UK and Ireland Euro 2028 bid are:

  • Wembley Stadium, London
  • Tottenham Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
  • Manchester City's Etihad Stadium
  • National Stadium of Wales
  • Everton Stadium
  • Dublin Arena
  • Casement Park, Belfast
  • Hampden Park, Glasgow
  • Villa Park, Birmingham 
  • St James' Park, Newcastle

UEFA will formally announce the hosts for the 2028 and 2032 European Championship tournaments following a meeting of its executive committee in Switzerland next week.