UEFA confirms Euro 2020 retains its name while Women’s Euro 2021 moved to July 2022

With the European sports remain halted that caused chaos in sporting calendar, European football governing body, UEFA have confirmed that next summer’s European Championship will still be called ‘Euro 2020’ despite the 2021 moved. They also announced following the executive meeting this week that Euro 2021 Women’s Championship, to be held in England, will be played one year later in July 2022.

A UEFA statement issued on Thursday read: “Following the postponement of UEFA Euro 2020 to the summer of 2021 and after a thorough internal review as well as several discussions with partners, the Executive Committee has decided that the tournament will still be known as UEFA Euro 2020.” Thevenues for the said competition to be staged next year will remain the same.

“This decision allows UEFA to keep the original vision of the tournament to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the European Football Championships (1960 – 2020),” the statement added. At the time of writing, there are over 2 million people are infected that claimed nearly 200,000 lives worldwide. More than 110,000 people have now died from the virus in Europe.

Due to the mass production of several branded merchandise prior to the tournament’s postponement, the governing body decided to retain its name since a change to its name and brand would have meant the destruction and reproduction of such items. “This choice is in line with UEFA’s commitment to make Euro 2020 sustainable and not to generate additional amounts of waste,” it said in a statement.

Meanwhile, following the unprecedented move to postpone the most glorious 24-team European Championship, now due from June 11 to July 11 in 2021, the Euro 2021 Women’s Championship was moved. The opening match will be held on July 6 with the final on July 31. UEFA president AleksanderCeferin explained that the aim of the switch was to avoid a clash with other events 

“We have carefully considered all options, with our commitment to the growth of women’s football at the forefront of our thinking. By moving UEFA Women’s Euro to the following year, we are ensuring that our flagship women’s competition will be the only major football tournament of the summer, providing it with the spotlight it deserves,” Ceferin said.

Apart from the rescheduled Euro 2020, the postponed Tokyo Olympics, slated summer next year, will also feature women’s football. However, UEFA intend to keep the same venues for the originally-scheduled tournament. The governing body said that they had “extensive discussions” with organisers of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and the English Football Association (FA) over the change.

“UEFA Women’s EURO is Europe’s biggest women’s sport event. It is also a.mong the biggest sports events in the world, and therefore needs and deserves a platform of its own,” said UEFA’s chief of women’s football Nadine Kessler. She explained: “The core question guiding us together with the English FA was: what is best for women’s football?”

“This decision puts us in a position to deliver a tournament that attracts global attention, maximises media coverage and increases stadium attendances, and is therefore helping us to meet our core objective of inspiring the next generation of footballers,” she added. The Football Association’s director of Women’s football Baroness Sue Campbell also said that “the sporting calendar must adapt”.

In these unprecedented times, it should be reiterated that the health of our communities remains the absolute priority for us all. As a result, following discussions with UEFA, we fully support their decision to postpone UEFA Women’s Euro 2021,” she added. The postponement of the tournament will ease pressure on the qualifying calendar. 

England have qualified for the women’s Euros as hosts while, Scotland are second in Group E, Wales are second in Group C, which also contains Northern Ireland in fourth place, and Republic of Ireland are top of Group I. The group winners and three best runners-up will join the Lionesses in the final tournament. Amendments to the match calendar or the name of the tournament were not given yet.