The UEFA Executive Committee will meet via video conference next Thursday, April 23, for further discussing the latest developments regarding the impact caused by the Coronavirus outbreak on European as well as domestic football.
This meeting will follow an information session for the General Secretaries of UEFA’s 55 member associations on Tuesday, April 21.
The most natural outcome of the discussion would be to agree that leagues could finish early, although only with UEFA’s approval. But the idea is to finish the current season as a whole at the end of August, with all outstanding games played. It’s obvious that sporting bodies would be under tremendous financial strain if they fail to conclude 2019-20 season and declare it null-n-void.
That would mean the Champions League final taking place in Istanbul on August 29, with the Europa League final in Gdansk three days earlier.
UEFA Champions League – Two Scenarios
Two scenarios are under consideration to complete UEFA Champions League.
The first is the usual way to conclude two-legged UEFA Champions League quarter-finals and semi-finals, in July and August.
The second would be for the games to be played as one-off fixtures after the end of the domestic seasons, potentially condensing the end of the competition into a week-long mini-tournament.
Four of the eight Champions League quarter-finalists are already known, with Manchester City’s high-profile encounter with Real Madrid one of the ties still to be concluded.
In the Europa League, scheduling is more challenging because all eight last-16 second-leg ties are still to be played, with two matches, involving Spanish and Italian teams, yet to play the first legs.