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OFFICIAL: Euro 2020 postponed to 2021

UEFA has officially postponed Euro 2020. That means Euro will begin 11 June and ended on 11 July 2021.

UEFA believes the move will help all domestic competitions to complete the current season.

Euro 2020 play-off matches and international friendlies, scheduled for the end of March, will now be played in the international window at the start of June, subject to the health situation.

“The health of fans, staff and players has to be our number one priority,” said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.

“In that spirit, UEFA tabled a range of options so that competitions can finish this season safely and I am proud of the response of my colleagues across European football.

“There was a real spirit of co-operation, with everyone recognising that they had to sacrifice something in order to achieve the best result.

“It was important that, as the governing body of European football, UEFA led the process and made the biggest sacrifice.

“Moving Euro 2020 comes at a huge cost for UEFA we will do our best to ensure that the vital funding for grassroots, women’s football and the development of the game in our 55 countries is not affected.  Purpose over profit has been our guiding principle in taking this decision for the good of European football as a whole.

“I would like to thank Fifa and its President, Gianni Infantino, who has indicated it will do whatever is required to make this new calendar work.  In the face of this crisis, football has shown its best side with openness, solidarity and tolerance.”

The final and semi-finals will be held at Wembley.

There are as yet no new dates for remaining Champions League and Europa League games while the Women’s European Championships, originally set for next year, is set to shift to 2022.