UEFA postpones Ladies’s Euros to 2022, avoids Olympic conflict



The UEFA logo displayed to the entrance of the UEFA Headquarters, in Nyon, Switzerland, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The UEFA meet on 17 March 2020 to discuss the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the UEFA EURO 2020 and the European Cup competitions. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

The UEFA emblem exhibited to the doorway of the UEFA Headquarters, in Nyon, Switzerland, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The UEFA meet on 17 March 2020 to debate the results of the coronavirus pandemic on the UEFA EURO 2020 and the European Cup competitions. For most individuals, the brand new coronavirus causes solely gentle or average signs, corresponding to fever and cough. For some, particularly older adults and folks with present well being issues, it will probably trigger extra extreme sickness, together with pneumonia. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone through AP)

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NYON, Switzerland – The Ladies’s European Championship in 2021 was postponed by one yr on Thursday, transferring out of a direct conflict with the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics.

UEFA’s government committee agreed that the 16-nation event in England will now be performed from July 6-31 in 2022.

The swap was inevitable after the IOC determined final month on a one-year postponement for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as a result of coronavirus pandemic. Ladies’s soccer video games start earlier than the Tokyo opening ceremony on July 23 subsequent yr.

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An Olympic title is prized extra in girls’s soccer than within the males’s recreation, and three European groups — the Netherlands, Sweden and a British crew doubtlessly with largely England gamers — are within the 16-nation lineup in Japan.

“With the Olympics now being confirmed for summer season 2021, we firmly consider that transferring to 2022 is in the perfect pursuits of the (Euro) event,” UEFA head of girls’s soccer Nadine Kessler stated in an announcement.

The transfer additionally avoids each of UEFA’s marquee nationwide crew championships competing for consideration in the identical English summer season with each finals at Wembley Stadium in London.

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The lads’s Euro 2020, together with seven video games at Wembley, was additionally postponed by UEFA final month for one yr.

Wembley will stage the boys’s last on July 11, 2021 and the ladies’s last on July 31, 2022.

UEFA stated the postponed Ladies’s Euro is deliberate to retain the identical 10 stadiums. It opens with England enjoying at Manchester United’s Previous Trafford.

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“We’re making certain that our flagship girls’s competitors would be the solely main soccer event of the summer season, offering it with the highlight it deserves,” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin stated.

The northern summer season in 2022 now not options the boys’s World Cup, which FIFA moved to November and December in Qatar to keep away from searing warmth.


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