According to a member of UEFA’s executive committee, Coronavirus may have a “two to three years” effect on the international football schedule.
It will be a case of “wait and see” to assess the disruption of the pandemic, including on the 2022 Qatar World Cup, states Lars-Christer Olsson who is president of European Leagues.
UEFA hopes that in August the Champions League and Europa League will be completed. At the end of May, a decision is expected to be made whether this is possible.
This autumn to match qualifications for Euro 2020 and fixtures for the League of Nations there are now offers to fit three-rather than two-fixtures into international windows.
Olsson said, “I can see a situation where the existing season isn’t over than not kicking off the new season.”
Olsson said to ESPN “I think maybe two or three years,” he was questioned how long he felt it would impact the international calendar, during the Soccerex webinar following the global suspension of football and the delay of Euro 2020 and Euro 2021.
Earlier, he had told BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast that there was “no agreement” between countries on ending the domestic season because each nation faces specific virus and policy decision situations.