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UEFA Euro 2020 postponed for next year

UEFA Euro 2020 has been postponed to their summer of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

European soccer’s governing body revealed that the national team competition will now take place next year from 11th June until 11th July 2021.

The decision comes in relation to allowing Europe’s domestic leagues more time to complete their current seasons, the majority of which have now been put on hold due to the spread of coronavirus.

The Financial Times had earlier reported that UEFA hopes postponing Euro 2020 would give national leagues the opportunity to resume fixtures in the summer – where space has been vacated.

Last week, UEFA called emergency video conference meetings for 17th March to discuss the future of both Euro 2020 and this season’s Champions League and Europa League club competitions.

Representatives from UEFA’s 55 member associations have been involved in the meetings, along with the boards of the European Club Association (ECA) and the European Leagues. Discussions also involved a spokesperson from FIFPro, the international representative body for professional soccer players.

Most of European soccer’s top leagues have taken action and suspended their competition in response to the spread of coronavirus, although there are still a small number going ahead either behind closed doors or in front of a limited number of spectators.

On Friday, England’s Premier League and Germany’s Bundesliga become the last of Europe’s ‘big five’ domestic competitions to postpone their fixtures, following similar decisions already taken by Serie A in Italy, Ligue 1 in France and La Liga in Spain.

Euro 2020 had been scheduled to begin in Rome on 12th June and be held across 12 European cities, with the final taking place in London on 12th July.

The new dates mean it will likely clash with global governing body Fifa’s inaugural 24-team Club World Cup, which is currently slated to take place in China from 17th June until 4th July 2021.

UEFA’s Women’s European Championship is also scheduled for the summer of 2021 – starting four days before the new proposed end of the men’s competition. It remains to be seen how the governing body would adjust its calendar to fit in that tournament alongside the men’s event.

Liam Watson is a Senior Journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on international football policy, industry matters and industry 4.0

Football Coaches Australia welcomes Sports Integrity Australia independent investigation

FCA

Football Coaches Australia (FCA) welcomed the broad independent investigative mandate provided by Football Australia to Sport Integrity Australia, encompassing four different areas – harassment, bullying, intimidation and discrimination.

FCA encourages current and former players, administrators, referees and coaches, as well as parents and others involved in football in Australia to come forward through this process to enhance the positive cultural development in our sport.

FCA President Phil Moss stated: “As an organisation we have sought transparency, due process and procedural fairness from day one, so we fully support an independent and wide-ranging investigation into the culture of football in Australia.

“We must, as a game, hold ourselves to the highest of standards.

“The culture we live every day, how we treat each other and ensuring we are setting up the next generation to enjoy our great game is of paramount importance and entirely non-negotiable.”

Newly elected FCA Vice President Sarah West endorsed Phil’s statement:

“Everyone in our sport, from professional players, coaches, referees, administrators and staff through to those involved at the grass roots, has the right to participate in a positive and safe environment and to be treated with respect and fairness.

“There is no place in our game for abuse or harassment of any kind. This unacceptable behaviour harms people and diminishes the game.

“As coaches we have a duty of care to those we are entrusted to work with and must endeavour to always create environments which provide safety, trust and inclusivity so that everyone can enjoy the beautiful game on and off the pitch.”

Media inquiries can be directed to FCA Chief Executive Officer, Glenn Warry, on +61 417 346 312

Manchester City teams up with Qualtrics

Manchester City Qualtrics

English Premier League side Manchester City have announced a new partnership with Qualtrics which will see the leader and creator of the Experience Management (XM) category become the Club’s Official Experience Management Software Partner.

Qualtrics empowers organisations to listen to customer and employee feedback, understand and analyse what they hear, then take action to improve experiences and design new ones, all in real time.

Manchester City and Qualtrics’ new partnership aligns with the club’s ongoing commitment to provide the best possible matchday experience for fans and will allow the club to use industry-leading experience management software to listen to fans’ feedback following each fixture.

From overall matchday experience – to catering, facilities, retail and more – Qualtrics can provide valuable insight and real-time data from fans to help the club shape their future strategic planning and decisions.

The new partnership is also expected to include further activations across wider areas of the organisation in coming months, using Qualtrics’ experience management software to listen to fan feedback and enhance the digital experience for Cityzens across the globe.

Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships Sales at City Football Group, Stephan Cieplik:

“As a club, we are continually working to improve our matchday offering for fans both in-stadium and across our digital platforms for those following across the globe,” he said.

“Through this new partnership with Qualtrics, we will be able to use industry-leading software to gather valuable feedback and insight from those at the heart of our club to help shape future decisions around matchdays.”

Qualtrics President of Products and Services, Brad Anderson:

“With Qualtrics, Manchester City can listen to and understand fan feedback in real time and take action to improve matchday experiences,” he said.

“But fan experience isn’t limited to the stadium — the digital and at-home fan experience is just as important, and Qualtrics will help Manchester City to deliver a personalized experience to their fans wherever they are.”

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