Dublin has won the race to host the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifying draw, the FAI have confirmed.
Irish football’s governing body confirmed that the draw, which takes place on December 2nd 2018, will take place in Ireland’s capital after it beat off competition from the other 12 Euro 2020 host cities.
FAI CEO John Delaney welcomed the news, stating that this shows the esteem in which Ireland is held throughout the European football community:
“I am delighted that Dublin has been selected to host the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying draw. Along with Dublin being one of the host cities for the tournament, the hosting of the draw in our capital city demonstrates the high regard in which Ireland is held as a tournament host.
“I would like to thank our bid team for their tremendous work in securing this prestigious event, and recognise the partnership and collaborative efforts of all parties working together through the FAI, Dublin City Council and Government, through the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, as well as the Dublin Convention Bureau.
“The live televised event will be broadcast throughout the world and puts Irish football, as well as Ireland as a nation, at the forefront of international sport.”
Euro 2020 will be a unique event as it will not have one singular host country, rather it will be held in thirteen host cities, of which Dublin is one, throughout Europe. The Aviva Stadium is set to host four games in the tournament itself (regardless of whether Ireland qualify or not).