UEFA have officially decided to postpone the 2020 European Championship until the summer of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic decimating the football calendar and also allow European leagues to complete their seasons.
It has been decided that the showpiece Euros will now take place between June 11 to July 11 next year.
The news was first confirmed by the Norwegian FA on their social media accounts as they say the tournament which was to be held across 12 European cities and was scheduled to begin on June 12, will now be played between June 11 and July 11, 2021.
“Uefa has decided that the Euros should be postponed until 2021. It will be played from 11 June to 11 July next year.”
UEFA har bestemt at EM utsettes til 2021. Det skal spilles fra 11. juni til 11. juli neste år. Mer informasjon kommer.
— NorgesFotballforbund (@nff_info) March 17, 2020
The decision was made during Tuesday’s UEFA meeting involving president Aleksander Ceferin, which included a series of video conference with its 55 member associations, the board of the European Club Association and the board of the European Leagues.
The postponement provides a chance for European leagues that have been suspended to now be completed – but the fate of this season’s Champions League and the Europa League are still to be worked out.
The playoffs for Euro 2020, which will include the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, have also been postponed.
The semi-finals were originally set to take place on March 26 with the finals on March 31. Those fixtures have instead now been postponed until June.
Read full UEFA statement below:
“UEFA today announced the postponement of its flagship national team competition, UEFA Euro 2020, due to be played in June and July this year.
“All UEFA competitions and matches (including friendlies) for clubs and national teams for both men and women have been put on hold until further notice.
“The UEFA Euro 2020 Play-off matches and international friendlies, scheduled for the end of March, will now be played in the international window at the start of June, subject to a review of the situation.
“A working group has been set up with the participation of leagues and club representatives to examine calendar solutions that would allow for the completion of the current season and any other consequence of the decisions made today.”
“The health of fans, staff and players has to be our number one priority and in that spirit, UEFA tabled a range of options so that competitions can finish this season safely and I am proud of the response of my colleagues across European football,” Ceferin said.
“There was a real spirit of co-operation, with everyone recognising that they had to sacrifice something in order to achieve the best result.
“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. Purpose over profit has been our guiding principle in taking this decision for the good of European football as a whole.”
Also on Tuesday, the 2020 Copa America was postponed until the summer of 2021 due to the coronavirus. The tournament had been due to take place in Colombia and Argentina between June 12 and July 12 of this year.