Official: UEFA postpone all June national team matches

Football hit hard by COVID-19

The world has been consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last few months.

As of writing, over 900,000 people have reportedly been infected with the coronavirus, with over 190,000 said to have recovered.

The spread of COVID-19 has, over the last month or so, caused huge disruption to the football world.

A number of high-profile players, including Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi and Juventus’ Paulo Dybala, have tested positive for the virus in recent weeks.

And pretty much all major leagues are currently postponed/suspended, including the Premier League, which isn’t due to resume until April 30th at the earliest.

Both the Euros and Copa America, which were scheduled to take place this summer, have also been pushed back until 2021.

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UEFA postpone international games

And now, on April 1st, UEFA have announced more postponements, this time concerning national team matches.

UEFA held a video conference meeting with the general secretaries of all 55 UEFA member associations on Wednesday.

And in said meeting, UEFA decided that all national team matches for both men and women that are due to be played in June of this year will be postponed until further notice.

This includes play-off matches for Euro 2020 (now Euro 2021), and qualifying matches for Women’s Euro 2021.

The likes of Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland were all due to take part in play-off matches this June.

England also had friendly games coming up in June, versus Austria and Romania.

But those games will not be taking place either, as, in the same meeting, it was announced that all other UEFA competition matches, including the ‘centralised international friendly matches’, are postponed until further notice.

It has also, on Wednesday, been claimed by the Dutch FA that UEFA want all European club competitions completed by August 3rd. You can read more about that here.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.