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Women’s Euro 2021 set to be moved back to 2022

Ireland WNT’s upcoming qualifiers against Germany and Ukraine have also been postponed.

Katie McCabe and Vera Pauw celebrate after Ireland's win in Montenegro.
Katie McCabe and Vera Pauw celebrate after Ireland's win in Montenegro.
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THE WOMEN’S EUROPEAN Championships, set for England next summer, have been postponed until 2022, according to the Danish Football Association.

The news had been widely expected since the Olympics were pushed back by 12 months, with the coronavirus crisis also creating a backlog of qualifying fixtures.

Vera Pauw’s Ireland currently sit unbeaten on top of Group I as they bid to qualify for a major tournament for the first time – although they have played a game more than top seeds Germany.

Although Uefa and England’s Football Association are yet to confirm the move, the DBU said it had been agreed during a video conference between member nations on Wednesday.

The DBU quoted director Jakob Jensen, who called the move “a responsible and necessary decision”.

Uefa also announced that women’s European qualifiers and international friendlies scheduled for June had also been postponed, leaving the path clear for 2019-20 domestic league matches to be played if conditions allow by then.


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Ireland had been due to play Germany on 11 April before travelling to Ukraine on 5 June.

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