Israel to Host UEFA U-19 European Championship for the First Time in 2027
UEFA Announces Israel as U-19 Championship Host
In a milestone achievement for Israeli football, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has announced that Israel will be hosting the prestigious European Championship for players under 19 in 2027. This will be a historic first for the country in hosting this particular tournament, despite having been the venue for the Under-21 competition back in 2013.
The chairman of the Israel Football Association, Oren Hasson, expressed considerable excitement and gratitude for this opportunity. He attributed this significant achievement to the immense love for football among the Israeli public. Hasson highlighted the role of Israeli crowds, known for attending games in large numbers, in securing the hosting rights. Their passionate support for the national team and the indelible experiences they create for all participants played a crucial part in this success. Hasson pledged unwavering effort to ensure the event is a success and a source of pride for both the association and the country.
UEFA Considers Exemption for Russia’s U-17 Teams Amid Ukraine Conflict
In an intriguing development, despite the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, UEFA’s operational committee has suggested that the competition committee consider exempting Russia’s under-17 boys and girls teams from the ban. However, it is proposed that they compete without their national flag or on their home soil. This development comes from UEFA’s belief that children should not bear the brunt of adults’ actions. The organization maintains that football should promote messages of peace and unity.
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, global sports took numerous steps to exert pressure on Russia. Measures include Russia’s exclusion from the World Cup and the relocation of the 2022 Champions League final from Russia to Paris. Russian teams were also expelled from the EuroLeague in basketball.
The UEFA European Under-19 Championship: A Brief Overview
The UEFA European Under-19 Championship, or simply UEFA Under-19 Championship, is an annual football competition contested by European men’s under-19 national teams of UEFA member associations. Spain and England jointly hold the title for the most successful teams in this competition, each having secured eleven titles. Italy are the reigning champions as of the latest tournament.
The competition has been held annually since 1948, except for the period between 1984 and 1992, when it was held every other year. Over the years, the tournament format has evolved and currently consists of two stages. The qualifying stage is open to all UEFA members, while the final stage is contested between eight teams. During even years, the best finishing teams secure qualification for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which is held in the following year.
Looking Forward to 2027
With Israel slated to host the 2027 edition of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship, an air of anticipation and excitement already surrounds the event. It will be the first edition played under a new three-stage qualifying format, with the qualifying round commencing in 2026. The final tournament will remain an eight-team event, including the host nation. As Israel gears up for this significant event, the world will keenly watch how it shapes up, marking a new chapter in the country’s football history.
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