Still want to go to Euro 2016?  You had better be quick. Most of the group games - including all of England and Wales' matches - are sold out.

However, there are limited tickets available for Northern Ireland's match against Ukraine, plus other games involving some of the smaller nations. There are also tickets available for the opening game between France and Romania - at 445 euros each - ouch!

So okay, it's a bit late in the day to go planning an impromptu trip to France in the vane hope of catching a game or two. But there are options.

Where can I watch matches if I travel to France without a ticket?

Each of the 10 host cities will have official Uefa fan zones. The fan zones will have a giant screen for showing all of the matches throughout the tournament.

The biggest will be in Paris, where up to 90,000 supporters can gather on the Champ de Mars - in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

What about if I stay at home?

You won't miss a kick.

The BBC and ITV will bring audiences closer to the heart of the action than ever before with extensive coverage of Euro 2016.

The BBC will showcase 26 live matches on TV and streamed online within its 140 hours of programming, including highlights on BBC One, BBC Two and the Red Button plus 24 days of coverage on Radio 5 live.

The BBC's Euro 2016 digital service will feature live broadcasts of all BBC games, commentary and live text coverage of every game featuring in-game highlight clips, on-demand highlights of every goal, breaking news, exclusive features and expert analysis.

I TV will screen  26 live games across ITV1 and ITV4, which will be simulcast live on the ITV Hub.


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What's new for Euro 2016.

In March this year, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) ratified a host of revisions to the laws of the game in an attempt to remove inconsistencies and meet the needs of the modern game. The changes came into effect on 1 June, so will apply for Euro 2016.

More than 90 revisions were made, but these are some of the key changes:

Kick-off: Previously, the ball had to go forward from kick-off but the rule has been changed to allow it to go in any direction.

Pre-match red cards: Players can now be sent off before a match gets under way, although they can be replaced by another player in the match-day squad.

Leaving the pitch after treatment: If a player is injured in a challenge resulting in a yellow or red card, they no longer have to leave the field and can have a quick assessment or medical treatment. This change is designed to prevent situations where a team would be temporarily down to 10 players.

The end of 'triple punishment': A professional foul inside the area will now normally result in a yellow card for the offender, and not a red. This is to end the so-called triple punishment of penalty, dismissal and suspension, which was seen by some as excessive. There are exceptions for when the offender will receive a red which include holding, pushing or pulling and violent conduct.

Goalline technology, already established in the Premier League and elsewhere, will be used at Euro 2016.

Who is going to win?

As Greece proved by pulling off a sensational triumph at Euro 2004, trying to predict a winner is a difficult game.

World champions Germany are understandably one of the favourites, while holders Spain are also short odds with the bookmakers.

Germany finished top of their qualification group but booking their place in France was not without its hiccups - with defeats by Poland and the Republic of Ireland. They have been beaten by France and England since qualifying but remain one to watch.

Spain dominated international football between 2008 and 2012 but failed to qualify from their group at the 2014 World Cup. Could this be a last hurrah for Vicente del Bosque's ageing but brilliant side?

What about the home nations?

Well, there are three of them in France - only Scotland missed out - plus the Republic of Ireland. It is going to get crowded too, because England and Wales are both in Group B, along with Russia and debutants Slovakia.

Don't expect much work to get done when England and Wales play each other - that match in Lens will be shown live on BBC One, kick-off 14:00 BST, on Thursday, 16 June.

Roy Hodgson's England have a good young team but doubts persist about their defence. They breezed through their qualifying group with a perfect record of 10 wins, while confidence was further boosted with March's impressive win away at world champions Germany.

Wales have got Real Madrid star Gareth Bale and plenty of heart. Chris Coleman's side reached their first major tournament in 57 years after losing just once in qualification.

Northern Ireland might have numerous players from England's lower leagues but they finished top of their qualifying group, losing just one of their 10 matches.

Striker Kyle Lafferty could not get a game for club side Norwich during qualifying (he has since been loaned to Birmingham) but he scored seven crucial goals in nine games for his country.


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