Coronavirus: UEFA postpone Euro 2020 until summer 2021
UEFA Executive Committee have officially decided that the Euros should be postponed until 2021.
It will be played from 11 June to 11 July next year.” following a video conference meeting with the presidents and general secretaries of the 55 national associations, as well as representatives of the European Club Association, the European leagues and FIFPro Europe
The decision to postpone the Euro 2020 until the summer of 2021 is to allow European leagues to complete their seasons amid the coronavirus pandemic.
UEFA emphasises that “the health of all those involved in the game is the priority, as well as avoiding unnecessary pressure on the national public services involved in the organisation of the matches.
This measure will help them to conclude all national competitions, currently paused because of the coronavirus emergency”.
It also confirmed that the 2020 Copa America would also move to 2021 to enable South American players based in Europe the opportunity to finish their league campaigns.
“All UEFA competitions and matches (including friendly matches) of national clubs and teams, both men’s and women’s, are suspended for the time being”.
UEFA president Alexander Ceferin said: “It was important that, as the governing body of European football, UEFA led the process and made the biggest sacrifice.
Moving Euro 2020 comes at a huge cost for UEFA but we will do our best to ensure that the vital funding for grassroots, women’s football and the development of the game in our 55 countries is not affected.