The European Football Championship may have been rescheduled from 2020 to June and July 2021, but organizers insisted on Friday that the event will retain its original EURO 2020 name.
The competition was rescheduled due to the coronavirus on Tuesday and delayed 12 months from June 11 to July 11 of next year to pave the way for suspended domestic competitions, if conditions permit.
When the event quickly became known as EURO 2021, UEFA, the governing body of European football, acted quickly to insist on maintaining the original name and logo.
“Although it will be held provisionally from 11 June to 11 July 2021, # EURO2020 will still be known as UEFA EURO 2020,” said UEFA on Twitter.
UEFA said the postponement “will help to complete all domestic competitions, currently suspended due to the emergence of COVID-19”, as it has pledged to end the club seasons by 30th June.
The announcement came after crisis talks with national associations, as well as with clubs and players’ organizations via videoconference, as Europe struggles to deal with the health crisis.
Twenty of the 24 countries participating in the Euro have already qualified, but the playoffs to determine the final four participants, which will be played this month, have been postponed.
UEFA said that these games and other scheduled friendlies will be played in June, subject to a review of the situation.