UEFA Reveals Potential Champions League Final Date

European football governing body UEFA is formalising plans to end the 2019-20 season with the Champions League final on 29 August.

More discussions about how to complete a campaign which has been disrupted by coronavirus will be held when the body meets on 23 April.

One decision that could be reached at the meeting is to allow leagues to finish their seasons early but only with UEFA’s approval.

But with FIFA having announced an indefinite extension to the season, UEFA’s preference would be for the season as a whole to finish at the end of August, with all outstanding games played.

That would mean the Champions League final taking place in Istanbul on 29 August, with the Europa League final in Gdansk three days earlier.

Two scenarios are currently being considered to conclude both competitions.

The first is to proceed as normal and play the quarter-finals and semi-finals as two-legged matches in July and August.

The other is to stage a week-long mini-tournament where games will be played as one-off fixtures after the end of the domestic seasons.

Four of the eight Champions League quarter-finalists are already known, with Manchester City’s high-profile encounter with Real Madrid one of the ties still to be concluded.

The situation is more complicated in the Europa League where all eight last-16 second-leg ties are still to be played, with two matches, involving Spanish and Italian teams, yet to play the first legs.