FIFA and UEFA have released a joint statement regarding the September fixtures

Wednesday 11 Aug 2021
FIFA and UEFA have released a joint statement concerning away fans for the upcoming September fixtures

After extensive discussions with the relevant stakeholders we have received clarity from FIFA and UEFA regarding visiting supporters for our upcoming away fixtures against Hungary and Poland.

Unfortunately, we regret to inform you that no visiting supporters will be allowed to attend either of these matches.  As a result, The FA will not receive an allocation of tickets to sell to members.

This decision relates to all the International fixtures taking place in September and will be reviewed again for the games that are to be held in October and November.

FIFA and UEFA outline the following in a letter to the national associations:

‘FIFA and UEFA have been closely monitoring the evolution of the pandemic in Europe ahead of the UEFA Preliminary Competition matches for the FIFA World Cup 2022 TM taking place in the upcoming September international window.

Due to the recent COVID-19 spikes in Europe combined with the large number of matches to be played during the September international window, it has been agreed to apply the same approach as decided by the UEFA Executive Committee on 14 June 2021 to all matches (i.e. three match days) of the UEFA Preliminary Competition for the FIFA World Cup 2022TM as well as to friendly matches taking place during said international window, thus putting the safety of all those involved as its highest priority in these uncertain times.’

We appreciate this will be disappointing news for members; we will continue to keep you updated regarding the situation for the Andorra and San Marino away fixtures scheduled to be held in October and November respectively.

Thank you to all those who took the time to register their interest in these matches and for being patient whilst we sought clarification.

By FA Staff