COVID-19 crisis: European football rescheduled
source: StadiumDB.com; author: michał
Euro 2020 is no more, get ready for Euro 2021. International games and cup finals also have a new schedule in effort to allow domestic competitions to conclude this summer.
During today's videoconference with all 55 member associations, UEFA outlined key decisions regarding the near future of European football. The most important and consequential announcement is the postponement of Euro 2020. The tournament is now expected to be held between June 11 and July 11 of 2021.
The move should give crucial breath to domestic competitions across Europe, currently put on hold. Leagues across Europe now have until June 30 to carry out scheduled games (this is when players' contracts usually end), but possibility of pushing the calendar into July isn't off the table, depending on further developments.
Rescheduling of Euro 2020 to 2021 means that the final games of UEFA Nations League, Euro U21 and Women's Euro all have to be moved from summer of 2021 to a later date. Analogically, Euro 2020 play-offs and qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup are also expected to be played at a later date.
Changes in schedule mean this year's UEFA club competitions also have to end later than expected. The UEFA Champions League final is now expected to be played on June 27, while the UEFA Europa League final on June 24, both being pushed a month later from May.