Champions League 2019-2020

UEFA prioritise finishing domestic competitions

NEWS | 23/04/2020

The next meeting of the Executive Committee will take place on 17 June.
The UEFA Executive Committee met via video conference to continue to assess the future of competitive football. The European governing body assessed the updates from the different working groups and announced they envisage, “domestic football starting before UEFA's club competitions”. They also approved the guidelines regarding eligibility for participation in UEFA tournaments in 2020/21 which, according to their statement, “reflect the principle that admission to UEFA club competitions is always based on sporting merit".

On those lines, the organisation continues to recommend completing the main domestic competitions, as they go on to explain: “UEFA urges National Associations and Leagues to explore all possible options to play all top domestic competitions giving access to UEFA club competitions to their natural conclusion. However, UEFA stresses that the health of players, spectators and all those involved in football as well as the public at large must remain the primary concern at this time". 

"The ideal scenario, should the pandemic situation permit it, is to have the currently suspended domestic competitions completed enabling football clubs to qualify for UEFA club competitions on sporting merit in their original format. Should this outcome not be possible, in particular due to calendar issues, it would be preferable that suspended domestic competitions would restart with a different format in a manner which would still facilitate clubs to qualify on sporting merit". 

Meanwhile, UEFA acknowledges that, “National Associations and/or Leagues might have legitimate reasons to prematurely terminate their domestic competitions". In this case, it adds, "UEFA would require the National Association concerned to select clubs for the UEFA club competitions 2020/21 based on sporting merit in the 2019/20 domestic competitions:

-The procedure for selecting clubs should be based on objective, transparent and non-discriminatory principles. National Associations and Leagues, should otherwise have the ability to decide the final positions in their domestic competitions, having regard to the specific circumstances of each competition;

-The final determination of eligible places for the UEFA club competitions should be confirmed by the relevant competent bodies at domestic level.

The next meeting of the Executive Committee, originally scheduled for 27 May, will finally take place on 17 June.