The Champions League and Europa League finals suspended without date
UEFA formally postponed the Champions League final on Monday — an inevitable move with European soccer in total shutdown and four Round of 16 games yet to be completed.
No decision has yet been made on rearranged dates. Further announcements will be made in due course.
— UEFA (@UEFA) March 23, 2020
The final was scheduled for May 30 in Istanbul before the spreading coronavirus pandemic forced the four remaining second-leg games on March 17-18 to be delayed indefinitely. UEFA said no decision has yet been made on finding a new date.
The shutdown has no end in sight though UEFA and European soccer leaders said last week they hope to complete the club season by June 30.
The 2020 European Championship for national teams was postponed for one year to clear space in the fixture calendar for clubs to win titles in domestic leagues and cups, and UEFA’s competitions.
UEFA said the Europa League final, due on May 27 in Gdansk, Poland, and the Women’s Champions League final, scheduled for May 24 in Vienna, Austria, was also postponed.
The Europa League is also frozen at the Round of 16 stage, with six of the eight first-leg games, played.
The Women’s Champions League was about to start the quarterfinals stage.
After consulting European soccer officials on March 17, UEFA created a working group chaired by its president Aleksander Čeferin to look at rescheduling this season’s games. UEFA said that panel would make more announcements “in due course.”
— SD Europe (@SDEurope07) March 23, 2020
Reflection on national championships
In the meantime, everything shows that at this difficult time our planet is experiencing, neither UEFA can know when the championships of the different countries of Europe will resume. In France, a scenario has been released that wants the championships to continue playing ball until sometime in August. Others say by July and UEFA has set a deadline on the last day of June. But to continue the action beyond June 30, there are objective difficulties and indeed are very serious.
First of all, there is a serious risk that the calendar and next season will be blown up. UEFA does not want that and its goal is to have the regular season next. Matches after June mean that players’ contracts will have to be converted as well.
Everything that expires on June 30 will have to be expanded and this is what the players need to agree on and pay for. The same is true with lending and there the issue becomes more complex….
Some even do it for contracts of 2 or 3 weeks and then renew themselves if the goals are met. Otherwise what happens? The answer is hard to give…