Israel awarded U21 Championship in 2013

Israel were chosen as hosts of the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals on the first day of the UEFA Executive Committee's first meeting of the year.

The award of the U21 finals to Israel was the key decision on day one of the meeting

The UEFA Executive Committee today finished the first day of its inaugural meeting of 2011 under the chairmanship of UEFA president, Michel Platini.

Top of the agenda was the vote by those eligible on the Executive Committee to select the hosts of the 2011/13 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. The result of the vote meant that Israel were chosen to host the final tournament.

Five candidates were bidding to stage the tournament – Bulgaria, Czech Republic, England, Israel and Wales.

The draw for the 2011/13 UEFA European U21 Championship qualifying competition will take place at the House of European Football in Nyon on Thursday 3 February at 12.00CET.

The Executive Committee continues its meeting tomorrow, beginning with the visit of the European Union commissioner for education, culture, multilingualism and youth, Androulla Vassiliou. This meeting follows on from the recent positive European Commission communication on sport, published on 18 January.