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I don't think UEFA have confirmed the new dates.  They almost certainly will be as stated however the IFA are far quicker off the mark than most other football associations.  

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On 6/17/2020 at 10:38 PM, mervillegawa said:

Is this confirmed?

If so, I'm f**ked. Flight home from Oslo booked for October 12th, and flights home from Vienna booked for (morning of) November 15th.

Us too Joel. A complete f*ck up.

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16 hours ago, gspain said:

 however the IFA are far quicker off the mark than most other football associations.  

That's something you don't read every day 🤔.

In fact never before...  

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I'm lucky we only booked Romania as we were also looking at Vienna. Lined up a plan for getting to Bosnia instead now just need to get the fans allowed it :flag:

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Has UEFA provided an explanation as to why the playoffs couldn't be played next March? Surely this would be the most sensible time and allows the same lead time for the winners to prepare for the finals. 

Setting aside the issue of stadiums being open for fans, rescheduling these matches (which were announced by UEFA  before the lockdown) has simply ignored the travel consequences for all fans.  Having lost out on the original trip to Bosnia for understandable reasons, UEFA now expect that these changes to their published fixtures are necessary. Why? 

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50 minutes ago, wth said:

Has UEFA provided an explanation as to why the playoffs couldn't be played next March? Surely this would be the most sensible time and allows the same lead time for the winners to prepare for the finals. 

Setting aside the issue of stadiums being open for fans, rescheduling these matches (which were announced by UEFA  before the lockdown) has simply ignored the travel consequences for all fans.  Having lost out on the original trip to Bosnia for understandable reasons, UEFA now expect that these changes to their published fixtures are necessary. Why? 

I guess there will be World Cup Qualifiers in March?   There is usually an international window in June as well which will be lost next year because of the Euros so they will need to make use of any date that they can at the minute!  There is no reason for them to have moved the matches the way they have - just play Austria at home on 14th October, and play the final on 11th November, leaving Austria away where it was (although other teams in the final may have had matches scheduled for 12th/13th so I guess UEFA need to consider them)

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I suppose they must have wanted to keep the games in the same order (ie we still play Austria at home before we play Norway away). 

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https://www.skysports.com/football/news/12019/12010044/northern-ireland-ask-uefa-to-reconsider-switching-october-nations-league-fixtures

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Northern Ireland ask UEFA to reconsider switching October Nations League fixtures

The Irish Football Association has asked UEFA to reconsider the switching of Northern Ireland's Nations League games in October.

Supporters lobbied the IFA after Northern Ireland's two fixtures were swapped - their home match against Austria was brought forward three days to August 11, with their game in Norway pushed back to August 14.

Gary McAllister, who is chairman of the Amalgamation of Northern Ireland Supporters Clubs, said: "Although we anticipated some changes the decision to swap the Norwegian and Austrian fixtures is beyond comprehension.

"While we accept that there are no guarantees fans will be admitted, the changes will rule out attendance for most of those who already made travel arrangements."

Northern Ireland will play three games in seven days in October after their Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Bosnia and Herzegovina was fixed for Thursday, October 8.

Victory for Northern Ireland will clinch a home final against either Slovakia or the Republic of Ireland on November 12.

Northern Ireland are still searching for a new manager after Michael O'Neill stepped down in April following eight years in charge.

 

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UEFA medical official warns international matches will have to be played behind closed doors

A senior UEFA medical official has warned that international matches due to be played this year, including autumn games in the Nations League, may have to be played behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tim Meyer, head of UEFA's Medical Commission, has issued a warning over stadiums being opened to the public.

"There has been no verdict on spectator participation in the matches yet. However, it looks like there will be no competitions under UEFA's patronage with people in the stands this year. It would be too much of a risk," Meyer told a German news agency.

"The situation for international football is much more complicated than for the national leagues," he said.

"For a final tournament that takes place in one country, this can be organised relatively well.

"But when all 55 UEFA nations start with international matches and the Nations League in September, there will be other levels of difficulty, such as national legislation or laboratory availability. That will be far more complex at UEFA level."

More here: https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/uefa-medical-official-warns-international-matches-will-have-to-be-played-behind-closed-doors-39324691.html

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Massive game of paper, scissors, stone?

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IFA to petition government to allow fans into Windsor Park for Norway clash in October

Stephen Looney

July 05 2020 12:00 AM

The Irish FA are hoping 6,000 Northern Ireland fans will be allowed into Windsor Park for the Nations League game against Norway in September.

Sunday Life Sport understands the Association will petition the Northern Ireland Executive for the green light to have a 30% capacity for the first home game of the autumn internationals.

The IFA are also pushing for some spectators to be allowed to attend the Irish Cup Final on Friday, July 31 but, at present, the Semi-Finals on Monday, July 27 will be played behind closed doors.

An IFA spokesperson said: "We are liaising closely with government and will work to ensure all health guidelines are adhered to when planning any games at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park."

A source added: "The Irish FA want fans for every game, and as many as possible.

"We will work with our colleagues in the Northern Ireland Executive in an attempt to make that happen.

"We will work within safety guidelines because the health of players, staff and supporters is paramount."

The move comes in a week when the head of UEFA's medical commission, Professor Tim Meyer, warned there could be no spectators at any international games this year.

"There has been no verdict on spectator participation in the matches yet," said the German official on Tuesday.

"However, it looks like there will be no competitions under UEFA's patronage with people in the stands this year. It would be too much of a risk."

At present, new Northern Ireland boss Ian Baraclough has three home Nations League games to look forward to - Norway in September, Austria in October and Romania in November.

There is also the possibility of a winner-takes-all Euro 2020 Play-Off Final against either Slovakia or the Republic of Ireland in Belfast, should Northern Ireland overcome Bosnia in Zenica on October 8.

The Irish FA have already taken steps in the event that supporters are not allowed into Windsor Park for the home internationals, which would represent a significant financial loss.

IFA Chief Executive Patrick Nelson recently told Northern Ireland Football League officials that £1.6m of the £3.8m provided by UEFA to ease Covid-19 problems will be used to cover any shortfall in the autumn internationals.

 

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1 hour ago, lisbellawloyal said:

Another competition of I’m more worthy of a ticket than you...

I thought that was only for when the big teams came to town... 

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