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Anfield ineligible to host games at Euro 2028 owing to its pitch dimensions

Anfield ineligible to host games at Euro 2028 according to reports as the pitch dimensions do not fit Uefa’s minimum size for a major tournament

  • Anfield was hoped to have formed part of the Euro 2028 bid to host games
  • Uefa have stated that the dimensions are not big enough for it to host matches
  • The five-country bid is thought to have England at the forefront – with the country having ten of the 16 host grounds

Uefa has reportedly ruled out allowing Anfield to host any games at Euro 2028 owing to the pitch’s dimensions being too small. 

The five-nation British Isles bid is expected to be confirmed by European football’s governing body, with 16 grounds marked down to host games at the tournament – ten of which would be in England. 

However, according to The Sun, Anfield, home to English football’s second most successful side, will not be on the list of hosts. 

Anfield was hoped to been one of the stadiums used for the 2028 edition of the tournament

Anfield was hoped to been one of the stadiums used for the 2028 edition of the tournament

Uefa’s regulations for tournaments state that pitches must have fixed dimensions of 105m in length by 68m. 

Penned in by the tight Anfield Road and Kop ends, the 101m-long Anfield pitch is unable to be extended any further. 

It was reported that owing to this, Liverpool have already been informed by the Football Association chiefs leading the bid that the ground will not be considered. 

The city’s hopes of therefore hosting any games during the tournament rely on Everton having completed their move to the Bramley Moore docks in time. 

Wembley last year hosted a number of games including both semi-finals and final for Euro 2020 - England lost to Italy in the final

Wembley last year hosted a number of games including both semi-finals and final for Euro 2020 – England lost to Italy in the final 

Work has begun on Everton's new ground at the Bramley Moore docks - the club hope to be in for the 2024-25 season

Work has begun on Everton’s new ground at the Bramley Moore docks – the club hope to be in for the 2024-25 season

Work on the stadium’s foundations is already underway with the planned move said to be pencilled in for the start of 2024-25 season.

However, with Alisher Usmanov, sponsor of the club’s training ground, currently under UK Government sanctions for his relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Everton’s immediate Premier League future in serious jeopardy, there is air of uncertainty hanging over their stadium project. 

Such issues raise the question of whether Everton, who have spent close to £600m since February 2016 when Farhad Moshiri came on board at the club, will have the money to complete the move in the club’s preferred time frame. 

If not, then the five-country bid will press ahead without Liverpool, one of the epicentres of British football history and culture, hosting any matches. 


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