Playing the Champions League and the Europa League to a conclusion in mini-tournaments from the quarter-final stage is one of the options that will be debated at tomorrow’s meeting of European football’s major stakeholders.
Representatives of Europe’s governing body UEFA, plus the clubs, leagues and world players’ union FIFPro will hold a video conference to discuss how the game should react to the coronavirus outbreak that has brought the game to a virtual standstill. After that, all 55 UEFA members will hold an additional meeting to discuss their own reaction.
It is widely anticipated Euro 2020 will be moved to allow breathing space within the calendar to complete club tournaments.
However, a source close to the situation has stressed that all parties at tomorrow’s talks must be prepared to sacrifice something in order to reach a solution.
For instance, moving Euro 2020 to 2021 would impact on the Women’s European Championship, due to be held in England, and the Men’s Under-21 Championships, due to be held in Hungary and Slovenia, both of which are pencilled in for June next year, and would need to be rescheduled.
In addition, the new FIFA Club World Cup would also be impacted, as would the Nations League, the draw for which was held earlier this month and is due to be completed next spring.