Remember the EURO 2016 regulations leaked by the Romanian FA?
There were some principles no longer found in the latest regulations:
b) Venues with climate risk
- Stadiums belonging to FAs from countries with cold winters are in this category
In a group there will be at most 3 teams from countries with cold
winters. There are two subcategories: Very cold winter (Finland, Faroe
Islands, Norway and Russia) and Cold winter (Andorra, Belarus, Estonia,
Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden and Ukraine).
- The objective is to avoid long distances when playing two matches in the same FIFA window.
Based on the distances between the capitals of the countries involved,
the transport links can be: conditioned ( flight time > 8 hours),
semi-conditioned (between 6 and 8 hours) and unconditioned (less than 6
- In a group there will be at most 3 teams from countries that involve long distances
I was curious to see what groups would come out if minimum travel would be the main condition while also sticking to the other rules (TV, political situation).
Two groups (C and I) came close to breaking the cold winter rule:
Group A: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belgium, Norway, Wales, Northern Ireland, France
Group B: Greece, Croatia, Israel, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Malta
Group C: Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Belarus, Azerbaijan, San Marino
Group D: Germany, Hungary, Romania, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan
Group E: England, Republic of Ireland, Austria, Scotland, Iceland, Faroe Islands
Group F: Portugal, Switzerland, Slovenia, Montenegro, Albania, Gibraltar
Group G: Spain, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia, FYR Macedonia, Andorra
Group H: Italy, Denmark, Serbia, Estonia, Moldova, Liechtenstein
Group I: Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, Finland, Lithuania, Luxembourg