The European football association UEFA wants to finish the national and European competitions in the summer, with a deadline of August 3. The KNVB will consult with all parties involved to see if and when the Eredivisie and Keuken Kampioen Division can be resumed.
UEFA held a conference call with all 55 member countries on Wednesday afternoon. They received an update from the two working groups set up two weeks ago to find solutions to the problems on the football calendar.
Almost all European competitions have been halted for some time due to the corona crisis and it is expected that in many countries it will not be possible to play football until June 1. As a result, the current season may not be finished.
Initially, UEFA set July 1 as the deadline to complete the competitions, as many players' contracts expire on that date. The new deadline is August 3. UEFA will discuss the issues surrounding the contracts at a meeting in mid-April.
The Eredivisie and the Kitchen Champion Division will certainly stand still until 1 June. In recent weeks, the KNVB worked on three scenarios: playing the competitions (possibly without an audience) before June 30, after June 30, or scrapping. Option one has been dropped, but option two is a bit more realistic due to the UEFA proposal. Option three is also still on the table.
All international matches from June moved
To make room on the calendar, UEFA has moved all international matches from June until further notice.
In June, the Netherlands-Wales exhibition game (June 6) and the playoffs of the European Championship qualification were scheduled. The European Championship was moved a year two weeks ago, to the summer of 2021.
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