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Women’s Euro 2021 tournament moved to summer of 2022

The 2021 Women's European Championships will now take place in the summer of 2022.

Women’s Euro 2021 tournament moved to summer of 2022

The 2021 Women’s European Championships will now take place in the summer of 2022.

UEFA confirmed the 16-team tournament in England would be pushed back a year after a meeting on Thursday.

The postponement was widely expected after the Tokyo Olympics was switched to 2021, with organisers keen to avoid two women’s tournaments taking place in the same summer.

Euro 2020, the men’s tournament, has already been moved to 2021 and UEFA said by holding back the women’s competition it will receive “the spotlight it deserves”.

Qualification for the tournament is currently on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Scotland have won both their qualification group fixtures to date but sit four points behind leaders Finland, who have played two more games.

On moving the tournament, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said: “When we had to take an urgent decision on the postponement of Euro 2020, we always had the impact on Uefa Women’s Euro 2021 in mind.

“We have carefully considered all options, with our commitment to the growth of women’s football at the forefront of our thinking.

“By moving it to the following year, we are ensuring that our flagship women’s competition will be the only major football tournament of the summer, providing it with the spotlight it deserves.”