By Jonathan Lewis | 30th April 2021
The UEFA Euro 2020 tournament was delayed last year due to COVID. But it’s been a full year since the delay was announced, and the tournament is ready to start this June. And despite going live in 2021, the tournament will still retain the title of Euro 2020.
So, what countries will be participating? How can you watch the games if you’re not able to see them in person? Let us answer a few of these questions.
Everything to Know About the Euros
Participating Countries There will be 24 countries participating in the Euro 2020 tournament this year. The countries participating are as follows:
● The Netherlands
● The Czech Republic
● North Macedonia
It’s a loaded roster, and it’s sure to be entertaining, and many are wondering if Portugal will be able to take home another trophy after their surprise win in the Euro 2016 tournament.
Along with 24 countries participating, 11 countries will be hosting various parts of the tournament. There were supposed to be 12 countries hosting the Euros last year, but Ireland was forced to drop out after continued COVID issues and not being able to seat enough people in stadiums.
With 24 countries in the tournament, the schedule is sure to be loaded. Euro 2020 will last for exactly one month—from June 11th of this year to July 11th.
All 24 countries will be split into six groups: Group A to Group F. For example, Group A will consist of Turkey, Italy, Wales, and Switzerland. The tournament will focus on one group at a time until the Knockout Phase, which starts on June 26th.
During the Knockout Phase, the top two of each group (and four of the best third-place teams) will compete. This will continue until the quarterfinals on July 2nd. The semi-finals will begin on July 6th, and the Final will be broadcasted on July 11th, the final day of the tournament.
How You Can View the Tournament Online
International fans may have a difficult time watching the tournament. After all, traveling restrictions put in place during the pandemic have yet to be lifted, and the chances of them being lifted by the time the tournament takes place are slim. As a result, international fans will not be able to watch the games in person. Fortunately, there are a few ways to watch the games online. For one, if you use a VPN, you can access local TV stations that will be broadcasting the tournament. For example, you could connect to a server in the U.K. and watch the game via BBC One.
If you don’t mind paying for live TV, you can also go through Hulu or Sling TV to view the tournament. With either of them, you should be able to get both ESPN and ABC, both of which, in conjunction, will let you view the tournament in its entirety.
And if you just want to watch bite-sized pieces of the tournament—say, highlights, for example-you can subscribe to UEFA’s YouTube channel and watch the highlights they’ll publish there.
Not long to wait
With 24 countries participating, a month full of games, and plenty of ways to watch the games, there is no reason not to be hyped for the upcoming Euro 2020 tournament!
Jonathan Lewis is an MFF sports writer