UEFA vows to avoid domestic fixture clashes in 2020-21 competitions


UEFA chooses to keep European nights clear of top-flight domestic competition matches where possible.

An extraordinary variety of top-flight domestic games are set to be used Champions League nights next season with UEFA appealing more detailed co-operation than ever with European leagues to deal with fixture blockage.

UEFA chooses to keep European nights clear of top-flight domestic competition matches, and the Scottish Expert Football League referred to that ring-fencing when setting out the troubles facing its 2020-21 fixture schedule on Friday.

Nevertheless, UEFA has actually constantly made exceptions to this position and accepts that the coronavirus pandemic has actually developed extraordinary “calendar hardship” for domestic competitions all over the continent, a number of which will start their 2020-21 seasons much behind typical.

The Scottish domestic season is set to start on August 1 (Andrew Milligan/PA)

“UEFA and the European Leagues have an excellent co-operation, based on their Memorandum of Understanding,” a declaration launched to the PA news company on Friday checked out.

“We work with them and national associations to avoid clashes between domestic and European fixtures. This co-operation is even closer in the difficult situation we are experiencing this year and all (examples of) calendar hardship are analysed on a case-by-case basis.”

Short Article 3.8 of the MoU in between UEFA and European Leagues signed in 2017 contacts domestic leagues to avoid scheduling games on UEFA club competition dates.

Nevertheless, Short article 3.9 sets out a few of the scenarios where play might be possible– consisting of “postponement due to force majeure or to other reasons beyond the reasonable control of the concerned league”.

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If they are not telecasted,

No constraints use to the times these domestic matches can kick off. They should finish at least 15 minutes prior to UEFA competition matches start if they are telecasted.

Domestic leagues should request an exemption no behind 3 days prior to the date worried.

The SPFL secretary Iain Blair alerted of the “enormous fixture pressure” in outlining the domestic calendar for 2020-21, which is due to start on August 1.

In his declaration, he points out 16 dates scheduled by UEFA for its competitions.

The 2019-20 Champions League and Europa Leagues are set to be finished in August, with the final 8 of each competition being played as single-leg matches at neutral places. Lisbon will play host to the Champions League, while 4 German cities will be the places for the Europa League matches.

The 2020-21 initial rounds in both competitions will be played as single-leg ties in between August 8 and October 1, with the exception of the Champions League group phase play- offs.

The group stage of both competitions will begin in week starting October 19.

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