The countdown is on: Even if many fans of the German national football team are hardly in the mood for euphoria after the past few months, the home European Championship in 2024 is getting closer and closer. There are still almost nine months until the ball rolls, but if you want to be there in the stadium, you have to get the coveted tickets from Tuesday.

Even though the European Championships in Germany are only nine months away, advance sales are now starting. More precisely: the application phase for pre-sales. Because Uefa expects a high demand for tickets.

On Tuesday, October 3rd, 2 p.m., the first 1.2 million of a total of 2.2 million tickets will go on sale. In order to get a ticket, fans must first create an account on UEFA’s official website and can then apply for tickets. The application period ends on October 26th at 2 p.m. UEFA will draw a lottery on December 2nd to determine who actually receives tickets. Important to know: Tickets for the European Championship can only be purchased via the UEFA website. (Here you can access the UEFA ticket portal for Euro 2024)

The crux of the matter: At the moment, the exact game schedules for the European Championship have not yet been drawn. In the first phase, fans can only apply to get tickets for which stadium and which national team they support.

The final final draw will not take place until December 2nd, after which it will be clear which team will play against which opponent in which stadium.

Ticket allocation for the European Championship will not take place on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans who register on the last day of the application phase should have the same chances as those who registered on the first day.

Uefa plans to announce exactly how the advance sales procedure will proceed after the application phase in the course of October.

This depends entirely on the seat category, game round and UEFA surcharges. Compared to the last tournaments in 2021 and 2016, fans will definitely have to dig deeper into their pockets. An overview:

“Fans First” tickets: The cheapest price category is intended to appeal to the fans who would otherwise be found in the standing room: “Fans First” tickets are very limited. This only refers to places in the lower tier, directly behind the goals.

The price starts at 30 euros for a ticket for a preliminary round game. A ticket for the opening game or round of 16 costs just 50 euros. It gets even more expensive in the later knockout games: in the quarter-finals the category costs 60 euros, in the semi-finals 80 euros and in the final 95 euros.

Category 3: Even in the second cheapest category, EM ticket prices quickly reach three-digit levels. The seats, which, according to Uefa, are “located in the corner areas and behind the goals, slightly further away from the pitch than category 2”, cost 60 euros in group games, 85 euros in the round of 16, and 100 euros in the quarter-finals. For the opening game or a semi-final, fans must You already have to shell out 195 euros, and even 300 euros for the finale – in the second cheapest category, mind you.

Category 2: If you want to sit a little closer to the field, hopefully you have enough change on hand: In category 2, the prices for a group game start at 150 euros, 175 euros are due for the round of 16 and 200 for the quarter-finals. Beat the opening game or a semi-final You can book it for 400 euros, the final costs a whopping 600 euros per ticket.

Category 1: Even if the name suggests it: Category 1 does not mean the best seats at the European Football Championship. The prices are absolutely royal: it starts with 200 euros for a group game. The round of 16 in this category already costs 250 euros, a game in the quarter-finals 300. In the semi-finals this price doubles again to 600 euros. And if you want to see the final on a Category 1 pitch, you’ll pay a whopping 1,000 euros.

In addition to the “normal” ticket prices, a “Prime Seats” category is added. These are places at the center line. Here fans have to pay between 50 and 133 percent of the regular price for Category 1 – a “prime seat” for the final in Berlin costs 2,000 euros, and 400 euros for the group games.

The only way to spend more money on EM tickets is the VIP packages with access to your own box, drinks and food. They are said to cost several thousand euros each.

Almost everyone has experienced coveted tickets for sporting events or concerts selling out faster than you could say “advance sale”. In some cases there is a so-called secondary market, for example for fans who become ill and want to resell their tickets at short notice. As things currently stand, there will be no such secondary market for the European Football Championship.

And you should also stay away from third-party providers such as ticket exchanges or classified ads. On the one hand, because the prices on these portals are in most cases significantly higher than the original price, and on the other hand because the EM tickets are personalized. The names of the respective cardholders will be requested in advance and, under certain circumstances, compared with their ID card at the stadiums.

If you want to increase your ticket chances for a German national team game, you should take a close look at the game schedule. Although it is still completely empty, it is already clear when and where the host country (i.e. Germany) will play in the group phase:

The DFB team will play the opening game in Munich, then travel to Stuttgart and finally Frankfurt. With a bit of luck, anyone who applies for these stadiums could actually get tickets for the DFB games.

Quelle: Uefa