The best place to join and watch Wales play football this summer is on the sofa, the local pub or the garden.

As the Welsh men’s team prepares for the first friendly match ahead of the late Euro 2020 group stage, the Welsh government and the Football Association of Wales (FAW) today urged fans to stay at home instead of traveling abroad.

Wales will play France in a friendly in Nice on Wednesday (June 2) before taking on Switzerland (June 12) and Turkey (June 16) in Baku and Italy (June 20) in the group stage of the delayed tournament competes in Rome.

France, Azerbaijan and Italy are on the yellow list of countries for international travel to and from the UK.

The UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office advises against all travel to Amber and Red List countries in order to reduce the risk of new variants of Covid entering the UK.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said:

“June will be an exciting month for our national soccer team and for our brilliant fans. We all want Wales to repeat the success of 2016 – attending Euro 2020 is a great achievement and we all want to follow the team’s progress.

“Everyone has shown great team spirit and looked out for each other during the pandemic to protect Wales. Unfortunately, the pandemic is not over yet and this means we still have to make some changes in our lives to be safe.

“For football fans, the best thing to do is to stay in Wales and support the team from home.

“It is our clear advice that you shouldn’t travel – France, Azerbaijan and Italy are on the amber list because the virus is circulating there.”

FAW President Kieran O’Connor said:

“We worked hard to qualify for this tournament and we know all of our supporters have been looking forward to it.

“We are all excited that this tournament will finally take place. It is also clear that playing in different locations during a global pandemic brings with it certain challenges and responsibilities.

“We are therefore asking again for the Red Wall to work together if we do not travel to Baku, Rome or Nice this June to ensure that our fans and our communities stay as safe as possible as we all do our part to get through to move this pandemic. “