The SvFF, the Swedish soccer federation, has announced that it will bid to host matches at Euro 2020, soccer’s European Championships that will be held across the continent for the first time.
The SvFF said it was "behind the decision" of Uefa, the sport's European governing body, to stage the tournament in 13 countries covering all parts of the continent, instead of in one or two countries, as is customary.
Karl-Erik Nilsson, chairman of the SvFF, said: "We hope to meet the requirements of Uefa, and hope we can submit a winning application so Sweden may be involved in organising Euro 2020."
Nilsson said that soccer administrators in Sweden and Norway had proposed bidding to co-host Euro 2020 (before Uefa had settled on the multi-country plan) but noted that local politicians had rejected the idea.
Under Uefa's Euro 2020 plans, the venues will be limited to one per country, with stadia with a capacity of at least 70,000 required to stage the semi-finals and final, at least 60,000 for the quarter-finals and at least 50,000 for the round of 16 and group matches.
However, an exception could be made for up to two stadia with a minimum capacity of 30,000, as Uefa bids to ensure that the championships are not limited to only the continent’s bigger and richer countries.
Uefa also said that all venues for Euro 2020 must be served by an airport with at least two terminals.
The Friends Arena in Stockholm, with a capacity of 51,000, is the largest stadium in Sweden and likely to be the focal point of any SvFF bid.
Borislav Mihaylov, the president of the Bulgarian Football Union, said earlier this week that he will meet with the country’s prime minister Boiko Borisov to discuss putting the country forward as a potential host.
The most suitable venue in Bulgaria is the Vasil Levski national stadium in Sofia, which has a capacity of 43,230 but would need to be renovated to meet Uefa requirements.
Other east European countries mooted as possible hosts for Euro 2020 matches include Romania, Serbia and Turkey, although the latter will not be considered if Istanbul is chosen to stage the Olympic Games in the same year.
Uefa has said that bid requirements and regulations will be approved on March 28, ahead of the start of the bidding phase and that bids must be confirmed in September.
National associations must submit bid documents in April or May of 2014 before an evaluation phase leading up to the appointment of host cities by the Uefa executive committee in September of next year.
Meanwhile, the Finnish Football Association has declared an interest in staging world soccer's Fifa Congress in its capital Helsinki in 2017.
An FFA delegation, led by chairman Pertti Alaja, vice president Markku Lehtola and chief executive Kimmo Lipponen, met with Fifa president Sepp Blatter this week to discuss the idea.
The FFA will celebrate its centenary in 2017.
The 2013 Fifa Congress will be held in Mauritius in May.