Uefa postpones June internationals, no further clarity on club competitions
Uefa has today postponed international soccer matches scheduled for June, including play-offs for the delayed Euro 2020 European Championships, with no imminent resumption of the season on the cards amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The announcement was made following a video conference meeting with the 55 member national associations, but there was no further clarity on the plans for suspended club competitions.
The play-offs, including two-legged ties between Serbia and Norway and between Scotland and Israel, were previously rescheduled from March to early June, but have now been postponed indefinitely.
Today’s decision also impacts on international friendlies and qualifiers for the Women’s Euro 2021.
Uefa has already postponed the men’s Euro 2020, which was due to take place in 12 European countries, until next year, and the women’s event in England is expected to be pushed back to 2022.
There was today no major decision on the timeline for completing the Champions League and Europa League in the 2019-20 season, with the governing body saying only that all other Uefa competition matches “remain postponed until further notice.”
Uefa had previously stated its aim to finish the club competitions by the end of June, a month later than initially scheduled, although this appears ambitious at present.
Today’s meeting heard the recommendations of two working groups created last month, one looking into calendar matters and solutions relating to the pandemic, and the other to assess the economic, financial and regulatory impact.
Other national teams competitions affected include the 2020 European Under-17 Championship scheduled for May and the European Women’s Under-19 Championship scheduled for July, both of which have been cancelled.
Meanwhile, the European Women’s Under-17 Championship in May and the European Under-19 Championship in July, both of which are qualifying events for World Cups, have been postponed, as have the Uefa Futsal Champions League finals.
Unsurprisingly, deadlines related to 2020-21 Uefa club competitions, including admission and registration of players, have been postponed until further notice.
However, given the current situation, the executive committee has agreed to partially relax its financial fair play rules for the next campaign.
Member associations will be given more time to complete the club licensing process, until the admission process has been redefined, and licensing provisions relating to the preparation and assessment of clubs’ future financial information have been suspended for the 2020-21 season only.