UEFA has postponed the Champions League and the Europa League on Wednesday until further notice due to the corona crisis. The practice matches of the Dutch national team and the Orange Women that were on the program in May and June will be moved as a result.
In a conference call with all 55 members, UEFA urged all national associations to complete their own competitions. The European Football Association has therefore shifted the deadline from July 1 to August 3, leaving more room in the schedule.
Almost all European competitions have been halted for weeks due to the outbreak of the corona virus. For example, in the Eredivisie and Kitchen Champion Division, no football can be played until June 1, making it almost impossible to finish the competitions before July 1.
The Champions League and Europa League are in the beginning of the knockout phase. In the Champions League, a number of eighth finals were already canceled last month, and in the Europa League for a number of second round matches. So they have to be caught up first.
It is still unclear what the UEFA decision will mean for players who switch clubs on July 1 or whose contracts expire on June 30. This issue will be discussed again at a general meeting of the European Football Association in mid-April.
The Dutch national team and Orange women will play again later
The Dutch national team would face Greece on May 28 in Enschede and against Wales on June 6 in Rotterdam. The Orange women would take action on June 5 in Breda against Belgium and on June 9 in Doetinchem against Norway.
It is not yet known when those games will be made up. The Dutch national team would use the duels in preparation for the European Championship and the Orange Women for the Olympic Games. Both events have already streaked recently.
The Dutch national team and the Orange women will make their first appearance in September. The team of national coach Ronald Koeman opens the Nations League on September 4 in the Netherlands against Poland and that of Sarina Wiegman continues the European Championship qualification on September 18 on a visit to Russia.
Because the Men's European Championships and the Games have been moved by one year to next summer, a new date is also being sought for the European Women's Championship, which would then be organized. A UEFA working group is still examining this and hopes to provide clarity soon.
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