Pauw reflects on EURO 2022 decision


Pauw reflects on EURO 2022 decision

Republic of Ireland Women's Senior Team Manager Vera Pauw is glad to have received confirmation of the rescheduling of UEFA Women's European Championships in 2022 but insists there are more important issues at hand right now.
23rd Apr 2020

Pauw's team remain unbeaten in Group I and had to come through a 3-0 win away to Montenegro in early March when COVID-19 was starting to spread worldwide.

Since then, the planned trips to Germany and Ukraine were postponed as the world deals with the pandemic. So the return to international football has not been at the forefront of Pauw's thoughts even on the back of UEFA confirming that the EUROs have been moved from the summer of 2021 to 2022.

"It is great to have clarity on when the UEFA Women's European Championships will be played so that we can plan accordingly. However, football has not been the priority for us of late with the world still battling against the Coronavirus and our thoughts are with those we have lost, those who are fighting, and those who are aiding the fight," said Pauw.

"The reaction from so many people, around the world, to abide by Government and Health regulations has been inspiring. So too has been the positive vibes from people posting video messages, taking part in various activities like the FAI HomeSkills drills, and doing what they can to help others. It is important that we all stay strong and stay safe during this period.

"As we look at the schedule ahead of us, there are still three group games to play and we remain in a good position to qualify for the European Championships. There is a lot of hard work ahead of us and it is fantastic that each of our players, who we remain in regular contact with, are working hard on individual fitness programs.

"We understand and accept UEFA's decision to move the European Championships to July 2022. So now our focus will be on planning ahead for our remaining qualifying games, arranging some friendly games, and then looking at the FIFA World Cup qualifiers once that schedule is set.

"To all of our supporters around the world, we look forward to playing our next game and representing Ireland as best as we can, but, right now, we urge you to stay at home, get some exercise every day, and do what you can to help others during this period."

Ireland have away games against Germany and Ukraine still to play along with a home game against group leaders Germany in qualification for EURO 2022.

The nine group winners and the three best runners-up (not counting results against the sixth-placed team) qualify directly for the final tournament, while the remaining six runners-up advance to the play-offs.