Uefa has officially postponed Euro 2020 until 11 June 2021 due to the coronavirus crisis.
Uefa confirmed that the European Championship will now become Euro 2021, which means Euro Cup will be held one year later than planned, that is, 11 June 2021.
This is the decision taken by its president Aleksander Ceferin after the meeting held on Tuesday with the 55 representatives of member federations, clubs, leagues, and players’ unions, supporters of releasing the calendar and being able to have greater flexibility to be able to finish the domestic competitions, currently largely suspended due to the coronavirus. Furthermore, the highest body in European football has announced that all UEFA club competitions and matches (including friendlies) of national teams and clubs, both men’s and women’s, will remain on hold until further notice.
The cancellation of the four play-offs that had to be played at the end of March for the award of the last four places for the Euro Cup. These playoffs will be played, if the situation caused by the coronavirus allows it, in the window for international commitments scheduled for early June.
In this advantage, the Spanish team has two friendlies: one against Portugal at the Wanda Metropolitano on Friday, June 5 and the other against Lithuania at Santander on Tuesday, June 9. The Euro Cup had to be held from June 12 to July 12, but after the summit held yesterday, it will take place from June 11 to July 11, 2021.
The main obstacle to the postponement of the Euro was its coincidence with the World Cup of FIFA Clubs, scheduled within the dates of the Euro Cup. However, the predisposition shown by the body led by Gianni Infantino facilitated the restructuring of the European team, leaving this new competition in the air.
The problem is that the Club World Cup was scheduled for next summer, but the willingness to reach an agreement seems total between FIFA and UEFA. The idea is that the format will be maintained in the same way, with twelve cities and twelve stadiums as venues for the Euro Cup..