The practice matches of the Dutch national team and the Orange Women that were scheduled in May and June are postponed by UEFA's decision on Wednesday to complete the national competitions in the summer months where possible.
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. However, both events were recently canceled due to the corona crisis.
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.
UEFA is looking for a new date for the European Women's Championship
With the men's European Championships and the Games moved by one year to next summer, a new date is also being found for the women's European Championships, which would then be organized. A UEFA working group is still examining this and hopes to provide clarity soon.
UEFA has not yet given a definite answer about the European Championship for players under 21 years (Dutch Juniors) in the summer of 2021. The Dutch Juniors would not finish any international matches in May and June and can be admired again on September 4 in the European Championship qualification visiting Young Belarus.
The European top competitions have been halted for weeks because of the outbreak of the corona virus. The national federations are therefore facing difficulties in completing the competitions, but UEFA has moved the deadline from July 1 to August 3, leaving more room in the schedule.
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