April qualifiers Orange Lionesses postponed

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19 March, 12:00

The Netherlands won't be in action this summer - Foto: KNVB Media

The two European Championship qualifiers which the Orange Lionesses were scheduled to play in April have been put on hold at the instigation of UEFA in the light of current developments surrounding the coronavirus. Sarina Wiegman’s women were scheduled to play an away match against Kosovo on Friday, 10 April. Four days later - on Tuesday, 14 April – they were due to face Estonia at home in the northern city of Groningen.

On the advice of European football’s governing body, the associations involved will hold discussions with a view to re-scheduling the matches within the FIFA international match period from 19 until 27 October. This window was initially intended for the WEURO2021 play-offs.

The exact dates, venues and kick-off times will be announced in due course.

On the road to the 2021 UEFA Women's Championship in England, the Netherlands are pitted against Russia, Slovenia, Turkey, Kosovo and Estonia in Group A. The Netherlands is currently unbeaten leader with eighteen points from six games.

UEFA announced yesterday that a working group consisting of representatives of national federations and clubs will consider new playing dates for the 2021 European Women's Cup. It is not yet known whether this final round - like the men's European Championships - will be postponed for a year, or whether the tournament will start on a different date later this year. The 2021 UEFA Women’s Championship is currently scheduled to take place between 7 July to 1 August 2021.

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