FIFA, UEFA Delay Tournaments
This year should’ve been EURO year, with all the best men’s national soccer teams in Europe measuring their worth in the field. Moreover, it should’ve been the tournament’s anniversary edition: it should’ve celebrated its 60th “birthday” – the European Nations’ Cup as it was called at its beginnings was first held in 1958, technically 62 years ago. To celebrate this anniversary, the tournament should’ve been held in 12 cities ranging from St. Petersburg to London.
The coronavirus pandemic has, in turn, changed things fundamentally. The event was postponed for 2021, sending ripples all across European football. Aside from the fact that the schedule of all participating athletes, and officials, has to change completely, leaving them with little more than home workouts and discussing the benefits of resistance training over the internet, other events – such as the Women’s European Championship.
EURO: Overlapping schedules
The UEFA EURO 2021 has been postponed by a year to take place between June 11 and July 11, 2021. At the same time, the Women’s European Championship was also scheduled to start on July 7. The delayed start of the Men’s EURO would mean the two championships would overlap.
To avoid this, UEFA will likely reschedule the women’s tournament – according to an announcement made by the Danish Football Association a few days ago, the decision has already been made, albeit it wasn’t confirmed by host country England’s FA and UEFA just yet – (Editor’s note: UEFA has today, 23 Apr, confirmed move of Women’s Euro tournament to 2022). The qualifiers for the 2021 (now 2022) event were affected heavily by the ongoing pandemic, with UEFA announcing that it has postponed all the matches involving national teams set to be played this June, and all international friendly matches and all other competition matches, too, until further notice.
UEFA postponed several women’s championship finals this year, including the U-17 final scheduled for May, the U-19 final set to take place in July, even the Futsal events.
World Cups and Olympics
FIFA will also reschedule a series of matches due to the ongoing pandemic. In a recent announcement, soccer’s highest international governing body has announced that its working group dedicated to ongoing pandemic has recommended that it should rework the schedule of its international matches, both involving youth teams and adult professionals.
As a result, the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Panama/Costa Rica 2020, originally scheduled for August/September 2020, and the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup scheduled for November 2020 will also be delayed. FIFA didn’t identify the new date for these events yet. The dates of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament will also be integrated into the match calendar.
And when it comes to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the organization will create a working group dedicated to considering any potential changes to the dates for upcoming tournaments.
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