The 2020 European Championship has officially been postponed until 2021. The news came amidst the increased threat of the coronavirus pandemic. With numerous league and club competitions facing delays and postponements, the decision by UEFA to suspend the Euros seems an undeniably logical one.
This decision will make it possible for of all club competitions to be extended for as long as 30 June, if possible.
The proposed date for next year’s competition is Friday 11 June till Saturday 11 July, 2021. This also causes a clash with next summer’s women Euros, and as such, that competition, too, had to be moved up to 2022.
UEFA president, Aleksander Caferin, called the ongoing situation “the biggest crisis that football faced in its history.”
What Does the Future Hold?
Two groups have been formed by UEFA to look at the possibility and possible courses that the remaining season could take. They will also assess the economic implications caused by the spread of the virus.
The current suspension itself has been a source of global economic losses, and one of the industries affected is, without a doubt, the sports industry.
A large amount of matchday revenue has already been lost, and with the cancellation of numerous games, broadcasters are already beginning to experience subscription declines, cancellations or suspension.
The 2021 Copa America, due to take place from 11th June to 11th July, has also been postponed by the South American football Federation. Another affected competition is the African Nations Championship, which was supposed to take place in April. This has been postponed indefinitely.
Club competitions such as the English Premier League and the the La Liga have also been affected, with the former postponed till the end of April at the very least.
UEFA club competitions are also currently on suspension, with reports claiming that provisional dates have been scheduled, rather optimistically, which has the Champions League Final taking place on 27 June, and the Europa League Final on 24 June.
What the President Said
Aleksander Caferin, the UEFA president, iterated in his interview with the Associated Press that the future is very uncertain and that there are things more important than football, and this includes the health and well-being of both players, fans, and everyone involved with the league.
He also spoke about the plan for the competition next summer, which will be to retain the same schedule, cities and stadiums already planned for this year. The association will also remain as flexible as the situation may require.
Does This Affect the World Cup?
For those who may be wondering how these postponements may affect the World Cup scheduled to take place in Qatar in 2022, the answer is that it doesn’t.
That competition is still conveniently scheduled to take place two years from now, and even though all the postponements taking place are enough to worry about the most popular competition in the world, thankfully we don’t have to.
All things being equal, the world cup will hold as planned.