TheJakartaPost

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post

UEFA postpones and shortens youth competitions due to COVID-19

  • News Desk

    Reuters

Bern, Switzerland   /   Fri, August 14, 2020   /   08:25 am
UEFA postpones and shortens youth competitions due to COVID-19 The official match ball of the UEFA Euro 2020 is seen at a news conference in Munich, Germany, March 3, 2020.UEFA has postponed a number of national youth team matches over the next few months and shortened competition formats due to the current COVID-19 situation across Europe, it said on Thursday. (Reuters/Andreas Gebert)

UEFA has postponed a number of national youth team matches over the next few months and shortened competition formats due to the current COVID-19 situation across Europe, it said on Thursday.

The European soccer body said it took the decision to reduce the logistical and financial burden on national associations caused by hygiene conditions affecting travel and accommodation.

It also wanted to "safeguard the health of athletes and minimize any potential risk of spreading the infection," it said in a statement 

UEFA added that for this year's European under-19 championship, which was due to be played in Northern Ireland in July, the group stage would now take place in November and the knockout stages the following March.

Meanwhile, the 2020 women's under-17 championship in Sweden, which had previously been postponed until October, was cancelled.

UEFA said Europe's three highest-ranked teams, England, Germany and Spain, would qualify for next year's under-17 women's World Cup in India if that goes ahead.

The qualifying matches for next year's women's under-17 and under-19 and men's under-17 and under-19 European Championship were postponed until February or March, with the usual group system replaced by playoffs to reduce the number of games.

However, the final tournaments would go as ahead as planned, UEFA added.