Malta Football Association
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UEFA postpones youth national team competitions
Aug 13, 2020
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After consultation with UEFA’s 55 member associations, the UEFA Executive Committee has taken several decisions regarding youth national team competitions considering the current COVID-19 situation across Europe. 


In order to alleviate the additional operational and financial burden on national associations – caused by hygiene conditions impacting travel and accommodation, as well as testing to safeguard the health of athletes and minimize any potential risk of spreading the infection – the following decisions were made regarding UEFA youth national team competitions:


2019/20 competitions


Women’s Under-17:
Cancellation of the elite round and the final tournament
If the FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup is confirmed, the three European teams with the highest coefficient ranking will qualify (England, Germany and Spain, in alphabetical order)


Men’s Under-19:
Elite round to be played in October 2020
Final tournament in Northern Ireland
Group phase in November 2020
Knock-out phase in March 2021
 

2020/21 competitions

The UEFA Executive Committee also decided to postpone the qualification matches for the 2020/21 youth championships until the Spring of 2021 and to reduce the number of such matches.
 

Women’s Under-17:
Qualifying round to be played by end of February 2021 (12 mini-tournaments)
Elite round abolished and replaced by Play-offs
Play-offs (14 teams) to be played by end of March 2021
Final tournament as scheduled (Faroe Islands, May 2021)
 

Men’s Under-17:
Qualifying round to be played by end of March 2021 (13 mini-tournaments)
Elite round abolished
13 group winners & 2 seeded teams qualify for final tournament to be played as scheduled (Cyprus, May 2021)
 

Women’s Under-19:
Qualifying round to be played in February 2021 (12 mini-tournaments)
Elite round abolished and replaced by Play-offs
Play-offs (14 teams) to be played in April 2021
Final tournament as scheduled (Belarus, July 2021)
 

Men’s Under-19:
Qualifying round to be played in March 2021 (13 mini-tournaments)
Elite round abolished and replaced by Play-offs
Play-offs (14 teams) to be played by end of May 2021
Final tournament as scheduled (Romania, July 2021)

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