Anfield not part of Euro 2028 plans
UEFA rules mean Liverpool's famous old ground cannot be used during EURO 2028 competition.
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There was much excitement the other day, when the UK and Ireland won the rights to host the EURO 2028 competition. But anyone hoping Anfield would be used as a venue will be left disappointed.
If you ask any football fan, to name a famous European football stadium, there's a good chance they will say Anfield. And for good reason. Few stadiums anywhere in the world (let alone England), can boast Anfield's rich history and heritage.
So it may come as somewhat of a surprise, to learn that when the UK and Ireland submitted their joint bid to host Euro 2028, Anfield was not on the list of stadiums to host matches.
Where will the matches be played
As part of the bidding process, each applicant hand to submit a list of 10 stadiums, where games would be played. The UK and Ireland list includes :
Etihad Stadium (Manchester), Wembley Stadium (London), National Stadium of Wales (Cardiff), Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London), Everton Stadium (Liverpool), St James’ Park, (Newcastle), Villa Park (Birmingham), Hampden Park (Glasgow), Dublin Arena (Dublin) and Casement Park (Belfast).
Reading through the list, there are a few surprising choices. Firstly, Everton's new stadium has been included, even though it is not yet build. Construction of the new stadium is moving forward, but with the club in financial difficulties, there is a question mark over the whole project. Then there is Villa Park, home of Aston Villa. It's a stadium with a proud heritage, no doubt, but it is also one of the oldest stadiums in the Premie League, and hasn't been updated since 2001.
Why is Anfield not on the list?
Looking at the above list, Anfield should surely have been considered. With its iconic status, increased capacity and shiny new 'main' and 'Anfield Road' stands, it is the equal to most of the stadiums on the list.
Well, as with so many things in football, it all comes down to UEFA rules. One rule specifically, the overall size of the pitch.
In order to hold International matches, UEFA stipulates that pitches must be a minimum of 105m x 68m. Currently, Anfield's pitch is 101m long, and therefore too short to be eligible.
It's unlikely that Liverpool will expand the length of the pitch just to satify UEFA. The pitch length is perfectly legal for Premier League and European Club competitions, and Jurgen Klopp is meticulous in all things, so no doubt he will have had an imput into the size of the pitch. So, unless UEFA change its rules, don't expect to see Anfield hosting any International football any time soon.
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