The women have moved to Euro 2021 2022 to avoid clashes in the re-arranged men’s tournament

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Retrieved 23 April 2020, 17:58 IST

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England’s Jordan Nobbs and manager Phil Neville with the Women’s Euro 2021 trophy

UEFA has postponed the women’s Euro 2021 for 12 months to avoid a clash in the reorganized men’s Euro 2020 tournament.

The European Football Governing Council announced last month that Euro 2020 – which is set to begin in June and will be played in 12 cities across the continent – had been postponed due to a coronavirus epidemic.

The new dates of the tournament will see it start on June 11, 2121 and end just one month later, slightly overlapping the previous kick-off date of the women’s competition kick e July.

However, the decision was taken between 3-31 in 2022, due to the attention of UEFA, which is keen to secure the European Championship for Women in England.

UEFA President Alexander Seferin said: “When we had to make an urgent decision on suspending the Euro 2020, we always kept Women’s Euro 2021 in mind.

“We have considered all options, including the commitment to develop women’s football at the forefront of our thinking. By taking the Women’s Euro to 2021 next year, we are making sure that our top women’s competition will be the only major football tournament in the summer, providing the spotlight it deserves.”

Nadine Kessler, head of UEFA women’s football, added: “The main question that brought us together with the English FA was: what is the best in women’s football?

“With the 2021 Summer Olympics confirmed, we firmly believe that going to 2022 is in the best interests of the tournament, the players, the fans, the women’s football partners and everyone involved in all fields and at all levels of the game.”

“Women’s Euro 2021 is Europe’s largest women’s sporting event. It is one of the largest sporting events in the world, and therefore needs and deserves a platform of its own. This decision puts us in a position to provide a tournament that attracts worldwide attention, maximizes media coverage and stadium attendance. Raises and so the footballers next Rajanmake achieve our main objective is helping to inspire. “