UEFA has announced all men’s and women’s international matches scheduled to be played in June—including the Euro 2020 play-offs and Women’s Euro 2021 qualifiers—will be postponed due to the coronavirus.
European football’s governing body already delayed Euro 2020 by 12 months because of the pandemic, but UEFA confirmed on Wednesday no national-team matches will take place in June:
The statement added fixtures in other UEFA tournaments—such as the Champions League and Europa League—remain postponed “until further notice.”
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin recently told La Repubblica (via Tommaso Fiore of Sky Sports) the 2019-20 season “would probably be lost” if competitions failed to resume by the end of June at the latest.
Wednesday’s decision was made by UEFA’s executive committee following a meeting between Europe’s 55 member associations via video conference.
Euro 2020 Play-offs
Sixteen teams are due to take part in the Euro 2020 play-offs, countries who were selected based on their performances in the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League. Those countries are:
Path A: Bulgaria, Iceland, Romania and Hungary
Path B: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovakia, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
Path C: Scotland, Norway, Serbia and Israel
Path D: Georgia, Kosovo, Belarus and North Macedonia
The Champions League, Women’s Champions League and Europa League finals were each set to take place at the end of May. Both men’s competitions were midway through the round of 16 when European football was suspended.
Youth tournaments were included in the latest postponements. This means the European Under-17—scheduled for May—is cancelled, as is the European Women’s Under-19 Championship (July).