VIENNA: European football federation UEFA has settled on the top and tail venues for the 2024 European Championship finals in Germany.

The executive committee, meeting in Vienna on the eve of annual conference, approved a German proposal to stage the Opening Match in Munich on June 14 with the final in Berlin on July 14.

A UEFA statement on the venues format said:

For the first time, sustainability has been included as a criterion in the tournament regulations and, consequently, three clusters of venues have been established: “North/North-East” (Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig), “West” (Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Cologne) and “South” (Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart).

Matches in each group will take place only across two clusters, which will reduce travel distances for teams and fans between the host cities, and favours team delegations travelling by train or bus from their base camps to the match venues during the group stage.

Other decisions:

Eden Arena in Prague was appointed to host the 2023 UEFA Europa Conference League Final on June 7, 2023.

Lisbon was chosen as host of the 47th Ordinary UEFA Congress on April 5, 2023.