The UEFA has officially announced the suspension of the Youth League 2020-21 due to the restrictions that different countries are carrying out to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The highest body of European football does not want to put the health of young footballers at risk and they have made this decision because they could not continue to extend the start of the tournament.
The body is finding problems for the Champions and Europa League develops in optimal conditions, as some teams will have to play matches in neutral venues due to restrictions from some governments.
UEFA’s official statement
“The UEFA Executive Committee has decided today to cancel the 2020/21 edition of the UEFA Youth League due to the pandemic of COVID-19 and its effects on the holding of competitions.
The committee had initially decided last year to modify the format of the competition and delay its start, but the various measures imposed by the health authorities of all Europe they have continued to evolve since then. Travel restrictions affecting participating clubs create great difficulties in organizing matches and two clubs have already withdrawn from the competition.
The UEFA Executive Committee stressed that there is no possibility of postponing the start of the competition any longer, and that the health and safety of youth players must be given top priority.
Unfortunately, the conditions to resume this international youth competition are not met in the current circumstances, and both the UEFA Club Competitions Committee as the European Club Association were consulted and supported the idea of exceptionally canceling the UEFA Youth League this season.