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FAQ: Postponement of UEFA EURO 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic | Within UEFA

UEFA EURO 2020 has been postponed and will now take place between 11 June and 11 July 2021. Furthermore, all other UEFA competitions, including the UEFA Champions League and 2019/20 UEFA Europa League, are currently awaiting further developments.

The decisions, approved on Tuesday by the UEFA Executive Committee, were taken after a video liaison conference with the 55 member associations of the governing body of European football, as well as consultation with representatives of the European players’ teams, leagues and bodies .

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When will European football return to normal?

A: It is too early to say when football will be played again. As we have done since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, UEFA will continue to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) and national authorities to guide European football’s response to a constantly changing crisis.

While Tuesday’s decisions show that we are ready to make tough choices, they will always rely on expert advice and put the health of everyone involved first.

Why did UEFA prioritize club football competitions over EURO?

A: We believe that the transfer of EURO 2020 is the best solution for European football. We hope that the completion of all currently outstanding national and international competitions can be completed.

The consensus behind this approach, which connects our 55 member associations, FIFPro and representatives of European leagues and clubs, underlines the unity of the football community in addressing the impact of COVID-19. In an era of unprecedented challenges, our sport is showing its best qualities: strength, solidarity and tolerance.

EURO 2020 would take place in 12 host countries to celebrate the competition’s 60th anniversary. Will the tournament next summer keep the same format, the same venues and the same name?

The finals will still be called UEFA EURO 2020

The finals will still be called UEFA EURO 2020© UEFA.com

A: We trust that all of our venues will remain the same, ensuring that the tournament remains true to its original vision: to organize a truly European event that befits the EURO’s 60th birthday. The tournament will still be known as UEFA EURO 2020.

UEFA has set up a working group. Who sits on this and what is its role?

A: The team will include representatives from the UEFA administration, the European Association of Clubs and European Leagues. It will explore different ways to allow the completion of the current club season, both nationally and at European level. Final decisions can only be made when we have more clarity on when football will be able to start again.

Will the finals of the main UEFA club competitions be played on the scheduled dates in the designated places?

A: It is too early to say. Our goal is to complete all European and national club competitions by the end of the current sports season – 30 June 2020 – if the situation improves. However, the health of everyone involved in the game must first be guaranteed.

The working group will evaluate different scenarios. We must wait for the outcome of its discussions and the evolution of the situation before reaching any conclusion.

How will the teams qualify for next season’s European club competitions if the national leagues cannot be concluded?

A: It is too early to answer this question and our goal is to ensure that all national competitions can be completed.

How will you ensure that fans have a say in future decisions?

A: We are in regular contact with European football fans through representative organizations, SD Europe, Football Supporters Europe (FSE) and the Center for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE). These exchanges will continue in the coming weeks as things become clearer.

EURO should be a festival appreciated by fans. The desire to put fans at the center of the competition remains absolutely critical for us.

Will tickets for EURO 2020 be refunded?

A: Yes, in full. But ticket holders will also have the option to keep their tickets for 2021. UEFA will proactively contact all ticket holders in due course. Visit the ticketing site for more details.

How will UEFA minimize the economic impact of its decisions on clubs and national associations?

A: UEFA will work hard to minimize the impact on its 55 affiliated associations, many of which rely on EURO funding to implement important grassroots and development activities in their respective countries. The matches already postponed will be rescheduled and we will make every effort to ensure that the EURO will be staged in 2021 under the same conditions as originally expected.

By postponing EURO 2020, we have given European club competitions and ongoing national leagues the best chance of being completed and, therefore, of minimizing any negative financial impact.

What will happen to other UEFA competitions for national and men’s and women’s teams?

A: All competitions have been postponed until further notice. We are working on solutions for each of them as soon as we can resume the game.

What will be the chain effect of postponing EURO 2020 by 12 months on other UEFA final tournaments to be held in 2021?

A: UEFA will reorganize the following final tournaments:

  • UEFA Nations League finals
  • EURO female UEFA
  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship

How does COVID-19 affect UEFA’s daily work at the Nyon headquarters in Switzerland?

A: Following the decisions made by the Swiss authorities and as part of the precautionary measures to safeguard the health of all UEFA employees, on 16 March we asked all staff at the Swiss headquarters to work from home for the foreseeable future. The aim, as far as possible in current circumstances, is to keep “business as usual”.

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