UEFA shuts down national team competitions through June

UEFA has already postponed the 2020 European Championship until 2021 and unofficially postponed Euro 2021 -- the women's championship -- until 2022, but it announced a whole series of postponements and cancellations that will affect the remaining 2019-20 season.

All men's and women's national team games in June have been postponed:

-- Men's games that were slated to be warm-ups for Euro 2020;
-- Other men's and women's friendly games;
-- Euro 2020 (now Euro 2021) men's playoff games originally scheduled for March and moved to June;
-- Euro 2021 (now Euro 2022) women's qualifying matches.

The loss of revenues from the friendly matches can be very costly. France was slated to host two men's friendlies in March and two in June and they could cost the French federation more than $25 million in lost revenues from TV deals and ticket sales.

L'Equipe, the French sports daily, reported that one possibility being considered is to allow teams to play a third game around Nations League and other friendly games during each of the three international windows in the fall of 2020.

(Unlike Concacaf, which plays the first six of 10 2022 World Cup qualifiers this fall, UEFA doesn't begin qualifying until March 2021 and plays the bulk of the qualifiers in

All Champions League and Europa League matches have also been suspended "until further notice." Both leagues were halted with games still to be played to complete the round of 16.

Assuming the rounds of 16 were completed and the competitions adopted a single-elimination format for the last three rounds, UEFA would still need to find four dates -- five for the Europa League if you include the two first legs that were postponed in the round of 16 -- to finish its club competitions.

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