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UEFA confirm changes to Champions League schedule

UEFA has outlined the changes required to get the 2019/20 Champions League completed, with Portugal chosen as the destination for remaining fixtures.

UEFA has outlined the changes required to get the 2019/20 Champions League completed, with Portugal chosen as the destination for remaining fixtures.

Benfica’s Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (also hosting the final) and Sporting CP’s Estádio José Alvalade have been named as the two venues set to stage the remaining matches.

Champions League quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will be played as straight knockout tournament games and as single-legs, to speed up the conclusion of this season which has been on hold since March 11th.

There has yet to be decision about how the incomplete round of 16 second legs will play out, which could be at the home team’s stadium or in Portugal. If the latter, it is thought that the Estádio do Dragão in Porto and the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques in Guimarães will host the four remaining second legs if required.

At this stage, UEFA has outlined the following dates of each round remaining in the competition:

7-8 August: Round of 16 second legs (venues to be confirmed)
12-15 August: Quarter-finals (Lisbon)
18-19 August: Semi-finals (Lisbon)
23 August: Final (Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon)

The draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals will be held on July 10th 2020 at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon.

Due to the unprecedented circumstances, there has been a slight changes about upcoming UEFA Champions League finals. The 2019/20 decider was meant to be at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, but will instead be moved forward to next year. As such, the three subsequent final hosts have agreed to move forward a year later to accommodate, with details below:

2020: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon, Portugal
2021: Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey
2022: Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia
2023: Football Arena Munich, Munich, Germany
2024: Wembley Stadium, London, England

Before the Champions League was put on hold, half of the round of 16 ties were completed. Paris Saint-Germain, Atlético Madrid, RB Leipzig and Atalanta made it through to the quarter-finals.

The round of 16 second legs yet to be played are Juventus vs Lyon (0-1), Manchester City vs Real Madrid (2-1), Bayern vs Chelsea (3-0) and Barcelona vs Napoli (1-1).

Liam Watson is the Managing Editor at Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy, industry matters and technology.

Paramount+ to release Sky Blue: Inside Sydney FC documentary

Sydney FC

Paramount+ will debut the first of its locally produced sporting documentaries on Friday, 30 September, bringing Australian subscribers a four-part exclusive behind-the-scenes look inside Sydney FC.

Produced by Mint Pictures and narrated by Golden Globe winner and Sydney FC fan Anthony LaPaglia, the Paramount+ Original series will be titled Sky Blue: Inside Sydney FC. The series will take viewers inside Sydney FC men’s and women’s teams during the most transformational year in the club’s history – the club’s 2021/22 A-League campaigns.

Sky Blue: Inside Sydney FC is told through a cast of eclectic characters and those who matter most. Players, coaches, backroom staff and fans have all been captured exclusive on and off the pitch, with the documentary serving as the first time a documentary series has followed both the men’s and the women’s teams over the course of a tumultuous season.

The four-part series will give viewers real-life sporting drama that delivers triumph and disaster, hope and despair, agony, and ecstasy – the perfect binge-worthy football documentary ahead of the return of the Isuzu UTE A-League and Liberty A-League seasons.

Over the last 12 months, Paramount+ has been Australia’s fastest-growing streaming service and has hosted 981 hours of Australian entertainment content, 734 hours of Australian sport, and has seen 11 Australian commissions announced since its launch.

Football Queensland opens nominations for 2022 Football in Queensland Awards

Football Queensland

Football Queensland will celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals and clubs at every level of the game as part of the 2022 Football in Queensland Awards.

A new integrated state-wide format for the 2022 season will see award winners recognised at regional level, across a number of categories before representing their region as nominees for the equivalent awards at the state level – to be presented at the Football in Queensland Awards Night.

“2022 has been an incredibly exciting year for football here in Queensland as we’ve seen the roll-out of connected competitions, providing brand new opportunities for players and clubs across every region as part of the Future of Football 2020+ reform implementation,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said in a statement.

“As we continue to unite the game across the state, Football Queensland is delighted to recognise the fantastic achievements of participants and clubs across each of our regions at local Grand Finals, before our highest achieving community winners are celebrated at state level at the Football in Queensland Awards Night.

“2022 will see a number of new awards presented at community level in each region, including the Protect Our Game Service Award for an individual and club and Service to Football Gold and Platinum Awards.

“In line with the introduction of the connected football pyramid, we’re also excited to present brand new awards at state level recognising the achievements of those from advanced competitions across Queensland including awards for Junior Player of the Year, Academy of the Year and Technical Director of the Year, among others.

“After another challenging year for all involved in our game with seasons extended across many parts of the state due to the weather, we’re looking forward to acknowledging the hard work and achievements of members of our football community, from players to coaches, volunteers and referees, with the 2022 Football in Queensland Awards.”

Nominations are now open for the Community and Service to Football Awards which will be presented at regional level, before winners go on to represent their region as nominees for the state awards.

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