The staging of UEFA EURO 2020 across Europe promises to give new countries and cities the potential opportunity to host part of a tournament that might otherwise have been out of reach for them, the European football governing body said. Meeting In Lausanne yesterday, the UEFA Executive Committee decided to stage a "EURO for Europe" rather than a tournament in one or two host countries. The move follows an initial idea revealed by UEFA President Michel Platini at the end of UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino said the biding process will be determined in "the next couple of months" by the UEFA National Team Competitions Committee and probably presented to the ExCo for ratification in March 2013. "How many cities is still to be decided," he said.

He added: "Certainly one of the purposes of this decision is to help countries, who are perhaps not sure today whether they should build a national stadium - giving them the impetus to build such a stadium. Instead of having a party in one country, we will have a party all over Europe in the summer of 2020."