Euro 2020 postponed
UEFA has officially postponed Euro 2020. Robert Ghement/Shutterstock.

European football’s governing body, UEFA, has decided to postpone Euro 2020 for 12 months following the outbreak of the coronavirus.

The continent’s top international competition was due to begin on June 12 and run for one month, but UEFA announced the decision to delay the tournament until Friday, June 11, 2021:

A statement acknowledged the change “will help all domestic competitions, currently on hold due to the COVID-19 emergency, to be completed.”

The Norwegian football association was the first to break the news following a series of calls involving UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin on Tuesday.

Each of Europe’s top leagues is currently suspended for the time being because of the coronavirus threat, which has dramatically escalated on the continent since early March.

Euro 2020 was set to be a unique event in that 12 host cities are taking part in the event, though that meant the tournament was a particular contamination risk if it were to go ahead. Wembley Stadium in London was supposed to host seven games, including the semi-finals and final.

More than 190,600 people have been positively diagnosed with the coronavirus, resulting in more than 7,500 deaths, per the research center at Johns Hopkins University.

UEFA recently announced the decision to postpone the upcoming slate of Champions League and Europa League fixtures, both of which are still in the round-of-16 stage. It’s suggested the governing body will attempt to finish both campaigns in the summer, but the progress of Europe’s domestic leagues will decide those chances.

CONMEBOL confirmed the 47th Copa America—due to run in conjunction with Euro 2020—has been postponed, while the African Nations Championship is also delayed due to COVID-19.