Report: UEFA deliver update on Champions League qualification amidst COVID-19 pandemic

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Dom Le Roy

UEFA have announced today that the deadline for all 2020/21 UEFA club competitions has been postponed until further notice, according to Football.London.

Footballing action across the majority of Europe has been suspended as nations try to deal with the spread of Coronavirus.

Apart from individual leagues, the Champions League and the Europa League have also been suspended, while the Euros have been postponed until next year.

Football.London now reports that European football’s governing body held a video conference today with all 55 member associations about dealing with the repercussions of the football shutdown.

During the meeting, the UEFA Executive Committee is said to have revealed its decision to give all of its member associations additional time to decide which clubs would qualify for next season’s Champions League and Europa League.

The new deadlines are set to be confirmed in due course.

A statement released by UEFA read: “All national team matches for men and women due to be played in June 2020 are postponed until further notice. This includes the play-off matches for UEFA EURO 2020 and qualifying matches for UEFA Women’s EURO 2021.

“All other UEFA competition matches, including the centralised international friendly matches, remain postponed until further notice.

“Youth national team competitions: (i) the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final tournament scheduled for May 2020 is cancelled; (ii) the UEFA European Women’s Under-19 Championship final tournament scheduled for July 2020 is cancelled; (iii) the UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship final tournament scheduled for May 2020 is postponed until further notice (as it is a qualifying competition for the FIFA U 17 Women’s World Cup); (iv) the UEFA European Under-19 Championship final tournament scheduled for July 2020 is postponed until further notice (as it is a qualifying competition for the FIFA U-20 World Cup).

“The UEFA Futsal Champions League finals scheduled for April 2020 are postponed until further notice.

“The deadlines related to all 2020/21 UEFA club competitions are postponed until further notice, in particular as regards the admission process and the registration of players. UEFA will set new deadlines in due course.”

There were also some amendments made regarding clubs’ licensing and financial fair play matters.

The statement went on to read: “The Executive Committee reiterated its full commitment to club licensing and financial fair play and agreed that the current exceptional circumstances necessitate some specific interventions to facilitate the work of member associations and clubs.

“It supports the proposal to give member associations more time to complete the club licensing process, until the admission process for next season’s UEFA club competitions has been redefined.

“As a result of the increasing uncertainty generated by the ongoing extraordinary events, the Executive Committee also decided to suspend the club licensing provisions that relate to the preparation and assessment of clubs’ future financial information. This decision applies exclusively for participation in the 2020/21 UEFA club competitions.”

Spurs Web Opinion

The biggest problem UEFA and individual associations face is the fact that the completion of all the different European leagues has to be synched with the completion of the Europa League and the Champions League by the start of next season.

There is no guarantee that all leagues are going to be finished before July and so we might be looking at a potential knock-on effect for several years. I believe we are thus eventually going to see the season being completely voided across Europe.

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