UEFA to meet on 23 April to discuss plans for resumption of football season

UEFA (Getty Images)
UEFA (Getty Images)

UEFA will hold an Executive Committee meeting by videoconference next Thursday, 23 April, European football's governing body has confirmed, as it continues to look at ways of restarting the season in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

Before that, the heads of each of UEFA's 55 member associations will come together next Tuesday to look at developments across both domestic and continental competitions. UEFA is also set to meet with the powerful European Club Association (ECA) and the European Leagues grouping on Wednesday.

The meetings could bring confirmation of the postponement of the next women's European Championship by a year to 2022 - following the earlier decision to postpone the men's Euro to 2021 - but any other firm decisions may be unlikely.

All leading leagues across Europe, as well as the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, were halted in mid-March as countries went into lockdown due to the pandemic. The only country that has kept on playing is Belarus.

UEFA has since remained optimistic about the prospect of finishing the European seasons and has been working on the possibility of playing in July and August if need be.

The German Football League (DFL) is also set to meet on 23 April to discuss next steps, and is determined to finish the season, with matches behind closed doors, by 30 June to ensure its clubs do not lose out on crucial TV rights revenue. Most teams have resumed training in small groups.

Belgium earlier stated its intention to bring an early end to the season, but UEFA responded to their announcement by warning that clubs risk being excluded from European competition next season if their leagues unilaterally decide to declare campaigns over.

On Wednesday, Scotland announced an early end to the season in the three leagues below the Premiership, with current league leaders declared champions.

The resolution also allows the ruling SPFL board to call the Premiership as it stands - Celtic are top - if it determines the remaining games cannot be played, but they will be waiting for further guidance from UEFA.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
41% - 11437 votes
12% - 3302 votes
19% - 5158 votes
3% - 693 votes
1% - 269 votes
2% - 642 votes
5% - 1413 votes
8% - 2338 votes
3% - 926 votes
Water sports
1% - 247 votes
American sports
1% - 336 votes
3% - 902 votes