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Ireland's Aine O'Gorman in action against Helena Bozic of Montenegro during a UEFA Women's 2021 European Championships Qualifier match. Photo: Sportsfile

Ireland's Aine O'Gorman in action against Helena Bozic of Montenegro during a UEFA Women's 2021 European Championships Qualifier match. Photo: Sportsfile

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Ireland's Aine O'Gorman in action against Helena Bozic of Montenegro during a UEFA Women's 2021 European Championships Qualifier match. Photo: Sportsfile

The 2021 Women's European Championship is almost certain to be moved back to 2022 rather than clash with the rescheduled men's tournament.

Uefa is understood to feel that staging its flagship women's competition in its original slot is not a realistic option, given the high-profile 2020 events that will have to be rearranged for next year - notably the Olympics, as well as the men's Euros.

The start date for the men's tournament has been set for June 11, 2021, and the final on July 11, meaning it would overlap with the women's competition, which starts on July 7.

Uefa will now try to find a new window for the women and aims to complete its deliberations in the coming weeks.

There appears to be a consensus that 2022 provides the best opportunity for the tournament to stand alone, as there are no other football competitions that summer.

The men's World Cup is due to take place at the end of that year in Qatar.

Staging the women's Euros right after the men's would be difficult logistically, given Uefa would be tasked with launching a competition in England while many of the organisation's staff are posted around Europe to complete the men's tournament.

To do so would also eat into the preparation time for the women's Euros and heighten the risk of European teams facing a gap of just a few days between the Euros and Olympics.

Telegraph.co.uk