Wouldn’t or not it’s good if time simply stood nonetheless each every so often? Followers of ladies’s soccer, for instance, had been reluctant to see 2019 to come back to an finish. It was a 12 months that has given them many memorable moments, amongst them the FIFA Girls’s World Cup France 2019™. And as for Liverpool supporters, they might little doubt convey time to a halt within the hope of creating the pleasure they’ve had during the last 12 months lasts ceaselessly.
Life on planet soccer strikes quick, nonetheless, so quick that every one the fantastic tales thrown up by 2019 at the moment are however recollections and can quickly give strategy to but extra thrilling tales. 2020 is about to be an action-packed 12 months and that can assist you plan the 12 months forward, FIFA.com brings you all of the dates and occasions you should make a remark of in your diary.
Blissful New 12 months soccer!
2020, an Olympic 12 months
- Competitions: Males’s and Girls’s Olympic Soccer Tournaments Tokyo 2020
- Dates: 23 July-Eight August (Males’s); 22 July-7 August (Girls’s)
Brazil’s males introduced an finish to their long-running Olympic curse by successful gold on dwelling soil in 2016. A Seleçao will now look to defend their title in Japan, one thing solely 4 nations have achieved within the event’s historical past: Nice Britain in 1908 and 1912, Uruguay in 1924 and 1928, Hungary in 1964 and 1968, and Argentina in 2004 and 2008.
As for the ladies’s competitors, there can be no back-to again gold medals for Germany. The FIFA Girls’s World Cup France 2019™ doubled up as Europe’s qualifying event for Tokyo 2020, with Nice Britain, Netherlands and Sweden taking the three berths on provide and the Germans lacking out. Ought to they negotiate the CONCACAF qualifiers safely, USA will begin as one of many favourites for the title, provided that they’ve gained 4 of the six Girls’s Olympic Soccer tournaments held thus far, to not point out the final two Girls’s World Cups. Pia Sundhage’s Brazil, hosts Japan and the three European contenders even have the credentials to win gold.
Springboards to the highest within the girls’s recreation
Defending champions Japan and 2016 winners Korea DPR will characterize Asia at this event together with Korea Republic. Germany, Spain, France and Netherlands will do likewise for Europe, whereas New Zealand will fly the flag for Oceania. Host nations Costa Rica and Panama can even be in the principle draw.
After efficiently internet hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017, India will stage its second world finals in 2020. The hosts will characterize Asia together with Japan and Korea DPR. The qualifying competitions within the different confederations will happen within the coming months. All eyes in Europe can be on Spain, reigning world champions within the age group, who can be intent on making the journey to India to defend their title.
The head of the indoor recreation
In internet hosting a FIFA event for the primary time in its historical past, Lithuania will do all the pieces in its energy to make sure it’s a success, because the president of the nation’s soccer affiliation, Tomas Danilevicius, just lately advised us. Just one staff has to this point gained by to hitch the hosts: Solomon Islands, who had been victorious within the Oceania qualifiers. Set to be held for the ninth time, the competitors has topped solely three totally different champions since its inception: Brazil (5), Spain (2) and present holders Argentina. Will 2020 see a brand new title on the trophy?
Final event in present format
The FIFA Membership World Cup can be revamped in 2021, with Qatar set to host the final event within the current format on the finish of 2020. Newly topped following their victory over Flamengo within the 2019 closing, Liverpool may effectively retain their UEFA Champions League title and characterize Europe as soon as extra. Following its creation in 2000, the competitors has been gained 12 occasions by European groups and on 4 events by South America’s most interesting. Which confederation will hoist the trophy aloft for the ultimate time earlier than the event has its makeover?
Different key occasions in 2020
- Qualifying competitions for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™
- UEFA EURO 2020 (12 June-12 July)
- Copa America (12 June-12 July)
- CONCACAF Nations League (June)
- OFC Nations Cup (6-20 June)
- CAF African Nations Championship (4-25 April)
- CAF Girls’s Africa Cup of Nations (28 November-12 December)