1. Why has UEFA created Return to Play?
As governments gradually ease national lockdowns enforced to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, national associations across Europe are adapting to football’s ‘new normal’. Many are either resuming or planning to resume their domestic championships behind closed doors.
Consistent with our commitment to clubs and national associations to postpone the return of UEFA tournaments to allow the completion of their domestic seasons, our elite European competitions will start again in August.
UEFA’s Executive Committee announced revised formats, calendars and venues for almost all of our club and national team competitions, starting with the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Women’s Champions League and UEFA Youth League – all due to be played to a conclusion in August.