How To Watch Euro 2021

After a year long wait, the UEFA European Football Championship is nearly here. Euro 2020 was all set to kickstart a bumper summer of sport until the coronavirus intervened, which meant that UEFA delayed the tournament to the summer of 2021.

Here’s everything you need to know, including the fixtures, schedules, match locations and how to watch from where you’re based. 

What is Euro 2021?

Euro 2021, otherwise known as the UEFA European Football Championship, is the 16th instalment of the men’s football tournament that has since 1960 taken place every four years. 

Official branding means that this year’s tournament is called Euro 2020, despite taking place in 2021. However, most people are still referring to it as Euro 2021.

All 55 UEFA member states get a chance to qualify for in the event, but only 24 teams make it through to the final tournament. Euro 2020 was due to be played across June and July 2020, but ended up being delayed by a year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Portugal are the defending champions from Euro 2016, but neither they or any of the countries in which matches are held gain automatic entry to the tournament.

Previous winners have included Spain (1964, 2008, 2012), Greece (2004), France (1984, 2000), Denmark (1992), Netherlands (1988), Germany (1972, 1980, 1996), the then Czechoslovakia (1976), Italy (1968) and the Soviet Union (1960), but never England. We came third back in 1968, and joint-third in 1996, so it’s time for England to bring it home.

When does Euro 2021 start?

There’s not long to wait now, as UEFA Euro 2021 will kick off on Friday 11 June 2021. The tournament will conclude on Sunday 11 July 2021 with the final match. 

How to watch UEFA Euro 2021 in the UK

The BBC and ITV have announced that they will be sharing the broadcasting rights for Euro 2021. They will take turns in having the top picks for each round of fixtures, with both channels showing the final at Wembley Stadium. 

The BBC is available on your TV, online via theand through the iPlayer mobile apps onand. Some fixtures may also be available to watch through the. 

Matches from the European Championships are typically shown on BBC One, but they may be on BBC Two or even BBC Four when matches are being played concurrently.

ITV is available on your TV, online on the , or via the ITV Hub mobile apps forand. You’ll also be able to watch ITV live using any Freeview app. Matches from the European Championships tend to be on the main channel, but they may also be on ITV4 from time to time. 

To watch either channel live you will need a . This applies even if you use BBC iPlayer to catch up, but you can still watch past broadcasts on the ITV Hub. 

How to watch UEFA Euro 2021 from the US and abroad

For readers based in the US, you’ve got a couple of options for watching Euro 2021. You can watch games directly throughand, or stream them on the websites if you have the channels as part of your cable package. Alternatively, you can sign up for,or.

If you’d like to watch both the BBC and ITV from outside of the UK, using a VPN is probably your best bet.

A VPN (or virtual private network) is software that lets you mask your IP address in order to appear as if you are somewhere you are not. So, you could be in Spain and pretend to be browsing from the UK, then access BBC or ITV services as normal. 

We’ve reviewed a bunch ofbut our current top pick is. Because streaming services are wise to the use of VPNs you might need to try a few different servers before you find one that works.

If you’d like to know more about the sign-up process, take a look at our guides on how to watchand how to watch the. 

Euro 2021 fixtures and schedule

Here’s the full schedule of the group stages, knockouts, quarter-finals, semi-finals and of course the all-important final. All times are in BST (British Summer Time), and include the location in which the match will be held. 

In the first phase, the top two in each group plus four best third-placed teams go through to the knockout stages. 

Group stages

Friday 11 June

8pm: Turkey vs Italy (Rome)

Saturday 12 June

2pm: Wales vs Switzerland (Baku)
5pm: Denmark vs Finland (Copenhagen)
8pm: Belgium vs Russia (St Petersburg)

Sunday 13 June

2pm: England vs Croatia (London)
5pm: Austria vs North Macedonia (Bucharest)
8pm: Netherlands vs Ukraine (Amsterdam)

Monday 14 June

2pm: Scotland vs Czech Republic (Glasgow)
5pm: Poland vs Slovakia (St Petersburg)
8pm: Spain vs Sweden (Seville)

Tuesday 15 June

5pm: Hungary vs Portugal (Budapest)
8pm: France vs Germany (Munich)

Wednesday 16 June

2pm: Finland vs Russia (St Petersburg)
5pm: Turkey vs Wales (Baku)
8pm: Italy vs Switzerland (Rome)

Thursday 17 June

2pm: Ukraine vs North Macedonia (Bucharest)
5pm: Denmark vs Belgium (Copenhagen)
8pm: Netherlands vs Austria (Amsterdam)

Friday 18 June

2pm: Sweden vs Slovakia (St Petersburg)
5pm: Croatia vs Czech Republic (Glasgow)
8pm: England vs Scotland (London)

Saturday 19 June

2pm: Hungary vs France (Budapest)
5pm: Portugal vs Germany (Munich)
8pm: Spain vs Poland (Seville)

Sunday 20 June

5pm: Italy vs Wales (Rome)
5pm: Switzerland vs Turkey (Baku)

Monday 21 June

5pm: North Macedonia vs Netherlands (Amsterdam)
5pm: Ukraine vs Austria (Bucharest)
8pm: Russia vs Denmark (Copenhagen)
8pm: Finland vs Belgium (St Petersburg)

Tuesday 22 June

8pm: Czech Republic vs England (London)
8pm: Croatia vs Scotland (Glasgow)

Wednesday 23 June

5pm: Slovakia vs Spain (Seville)
5pm: Sweden vs Poland (St Petersburg)
8pm: Germany vs Hungary (Munich)
8pm: Portugal v France (Budapest)

Knockouts

Saturday 26 June

5pm: 2A vs 2B (Amsterdam)
8pm: 1A vs 2C (London)

Sunday 27 June

5pm: 1C vs 3D/E/F (Budapest)
8pm: 1B vs 3A/D/E/F (Seville)

Monday 28 June

5pm: 2D vs 2E (Copenhagen)
8pm: 1F vs 3A/B/C (Bucharest)

Tuesday 29 June

5pm: 1D vs 2F (London)
8pm: 1E vs 3A/B/C/D (Glasgow)

Quarter-finals

Friday 2 July

5pm: Winner 6 vs Winner 5 (St Petersburg)
8pm: Winner 4 vs Winner 2 (Munich)

Saturday 3 July

5pm: Winner 3 vs Winner 1 (Baku)
8pm: Winner 8 vs Winner 7 (Rome)

Semi-finals

Tuesday 6 July

8pm: Winner QF2 vs Winner QF1 (London)

Wednesday 7 July

8pm: Winner QF4 vs Winner QF3 (London)

Final

Sunday 11 July

8pm: Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 (London)

Where is Euro 2021 hosted?

There is no single destination for Euro 2021, with matches spread over different European. Then-UEFA President Michael Platini notes that this is to mark the 60th birthday of the tournament.

It is at London’s Wembley Stadium that the most important matches will be held, however, with the UK hosting both the semi-finals and final. Previously home to Euro 1996, this will be the second time Wembley has had the pleasure.

Other Euro 2021 hosts include:

  • Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
  • Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
  • Krestovsky Stadium, St Petersburg, Russia
  • Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary
  • Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • National Arena, Bucharest, Romania
  • Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Estadio de La Cartuja, Seville, Spain

Which football teams will compete in Euro 2021?

Out of 55 teams, 24 have qualified to make it through to the final tournament. These have then been split into six different groups, loosely based on how they performed in the qualifiers. Here’s the different groups and what countries are in them:

Group A: Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales

Group B: Belgium, Russia, Denmark, Finland

Group C: Ukraine, Netherlands, Austria, North Macedonia

Group D: England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Scotland

Group E: Spain, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia

Group F: Germany, France, Portugal, Hungary

Some of the early favourites to win the competition are Belgium, France and Portugal – but anything could happen.