COVID-19: Euro 2020 status

In this series of articles, we track the impact of COVID-19 on sporting events around the world. This is the current status of the 2020 Euro championships.

Update: Euro 2020 officially postponed to 2021. Read more.

As the global outbreak of COVID-19 continues, we will be publishing – and updating – a series of articles looking at how the pandemic is impacting various sporting events. You can find all the updates on the impact of the coronavirus on various sporting events around the world here.

Last updated: 13 March 2020 at 10:12 (SAST).

The 2020 European Championship could be postponed until 2021 as the world attempts to deal with the escalating coronavirus pandemic.

Uefa will meet its stakeholders on Tuesday (17 March 2020) to discuss proposals and options in dealing with the disruption to the football calendar. The Guardian reported that delaying Euro 2020 by a year is one of the options being considered.

Other potential proposals include the format being changed or the 12 venues being scrapped and the tournament being held at a central venue to mitigate risks.

Rome is due to host the opening fixture between Italy and Turkey on 12 June, but the country has been one of the worst affected in Europe.

Bosnia-Herzegovina and Slovakia have requested that their play-off matches scheduled for March, against Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland respectively, be postponed.

There will also be discussions on how to deal with the fixture backlog in the Champions League and Europa League. The second legs of Real Madrid’s tie against Manchester City and Juventus against Lyon next week have already been postponed indefinitely.

Euro 2020 status: Discussions to be held in the coming days to discuss proposals.

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