CONIFA can confirm that the 2021 European Football Cup (EFC), to be held in Nice, France, has been postponed from June 9-19 to July 7-17.
In light of ongoing coronavirus guidelines, the conclusion was reached following positive dialogue between CONIFA officials and qualified members, plus the organizing committee both within the governing body and on the ground in Nice.
European President, Alberto Rischio, said: “The shift has been made to give teams more time to organize themselves around covid-19 restrictions and because many European League Championships are in the process of a return to action.
“The federations have asked to delay the competition so they can have access to the best players.”
Following the withdrawal of Northern Cyprus, who have suspended activities for the year, CONIFA can also confirm the addition of Two Sicilies to the competition.
They will slot into Group A alongside the host side, County of Nice, and Sardinia, meaning a mouth-watering Italian derby awaits in the French Riviera this summer.
Abkhazia, Sapmi, and Szekely Land will contest Group B while holders South Ossetia will meet 2019 hosts Artsakh and tournament newcomers Kernow FA in Group C.
Padania, Western Armenia, and Chameria will make up Group D. A full media guide and brochure will be made available closer to the competition.
Meanwhile, a contest is soon to be launched in order to find commentators who can add color to the tournament’s online interactive coverage, provided by MyCujoo.
Commentators are sought for Armenian, English, French, Hungarian, Italian and Russian viewers. Further information will be released in the coming days.
European President, Alberto Rischio, added: “We are working hard for this amazing Championship and we hope to be able to show all the fans a change of step in the care of many details around the matches.
“We will give voice to the streamed product and work to create a procedure to follow the players, main actors and to enter the heart of every single game.
“If the organizing committee from Nice can manage the event and get the OK from the French sports and health authorities, we will be able to see something fantastic.”