The UEFA Executive Committee has today confirmed plans for the upcoming youth national team competitions in light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation across Europe.

Men’s and Women’s competitions at both under-19 and under-17 level have been either postponed or cancelled following consultation between UEFA and the 55 member associations.

The move was made in order to alleviate the additional operational and financial burden on national associations caused by hygiene conditions impacting travel and accommodation, as well as testing to safeguard the health of athletes and minimize any potential risk of spreading the infection.

UEFA's full announcement can be read here.

As such, today’s decision has a direct impact on the following age groups:

2019/20 competitions

Women’s Under-17

• Cancellation of the elite round and the final tournament
• If the FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup is confirmed, the three European teams with the highest coefficient ranking will qualify (England, Germany and Spain, in alphabetical order)

Men’s Under-19

• Elite round to be played in October 2020
• Final tournament in Northern Ireland

- Group phase in November 2020
- Knock-out phase in March 2021

2020/21 competitions

The UEFA Executive Committee also decided to postpone the qualification matches for the 2020/21 youth championships until the Spring of 2021 and to reduce the number of such matches.

Women’s Under-17

• Qualifying round to be played by end of February 2021 (12 mini-tournaments)
• Elite round abolished and replaced by Play-offs
• Play-offs (14 teams) to be played by end of March 2021
• Final tournament as scheduled (Faroe Islands, May 2021)

Men’s Under-17

• Qualifying round to be played by end of March 2021 (13 mini-tournaments)
• Elite round abolished
• 13 group winners & 2 seeded teams qualify for final tournament to be played as scheduled (Cyprus, May 2021)

Women’s Under-19

• Qualifying round to be played in February 2021 (12 mini-tournaments)
• Elite round abolished and replaced by Play-offs
• Play-offs (14 teams) to be played in April 2021
• Final tournament as scheduled (Belarus, July 2021)

Men’s Under-19

• Qualifying round to be played in March 2021 (13 mini-tournaments)
• Elite round abolished and replaced by Play-offs
• Play-offs (14 teams) to be played by end of May 2021
• Final tournament as scheduled (Romania, July 2021)