057 – UEFA EURO 2012™ match schedule announced
The UEFA Executive Committee today completed its meeting in Minsk and has approved the official match schedule for the forthcoming UEFA EURO 2012 final round between 8 June and 1 July 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.
In Poland, Wroclaw and Poznan will host three group stage matches, while Gdansk will host three group stage matches and a quarter-final. Warsaw will stage three group stage matches, including the opening Group A game featuring Poland, a quarter-final and a semi-final. Poland will play their second group match in Warsaw, and their third in Wroclaw.
In Ukraine, Kharkiv and Lviv will host three group stage matches. Donetsk will host three group stage matches, a quarter-final and a semi-final. Kyiv will play host to three group stage matches, a quarter-final and the UEFA EURO 2012 final. Ukraine will play their opening Group D match in Kyiv, and the other two group matches in Donetsk (see full schedule attached overleaf).
The Executive Committee also approved an amendment to the UEFA Europa League for the 2012-15 cycle, starting from season 2012/13. A new access list was approved that allocates fixed slots with direct access to the UEFA Europa League group stage for the cup-winners of the six top-ranked associations. This allocation of slots has a direct impact on the qualification path, and adaptations will have to be made to the access list in order to accommodate these changes.
The host for the UEFA European Women's Championship in 2013 was confirmed as Sweden, and the number of teams at the final tournament maintained at 12. The regulations for this tournament were also approved.
Slovenia and Slovakia were appointed as hosts for the UEFA European Under-17 Championships 2012 and 2013 respectively. Estonia and Lithuania were approved as hosts for the UEFA European Under-19 Championship final rounds in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Finally, the hosts for the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship final rounds in 2012 and 2013 will be Turkey and Wales respectively.
Cyprus was approved at Pro level to the UEFA Coaching Convention and Albania and Portugal were added to the UEFA Grassroots Charter - making a total of 49 associations affiliated to the charter.
Regarding national association matters, the Executive Committee discussed the ongoing issue of the continued non-amendment of its statutes, in accordance with the version as presented by FIFA and UEFA in July 2010, by the Football Association of Bosnia Herzegovina (FF BIH). The Executive Committee agreed that the FF BIH would have until 31 March 2011 to change its statutes, and if not, that it shall be suspended as a UEFA member, thereby depriving the FF BIH of all of its UEFA membership rights. The issue will now also be put before the next FIFA Executive Committee meeting.
The next meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee will take place in Prague on 9/10 December.
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