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European Football Governing body, UEFA has announced that the 2020/2021 summer transfer window will be shut on October 5 as clubs are given until October 6 for players registration for its competitions, the body reported on Thursday.

Following the body’s executive meeting held via a videoconferencing, it was announced that following the delay in the completion of the 2019/2020 football season caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus, it was agreed that the summer window be shifted to enable clubs sign and register players on time for next season.

The summer transfer window in Europe usually closes on September but the delay in season completion has made the body activate a new date .

On Wednesday, a day before the the executive meeting, it was agreed that the 2020/2021  Champions League group stages will start on October 20, with Europa League to follow two days later.

The current UEFA season is set to be extended with the last eight of the champions league to be played in Lisbon with a straight knockout format, Similarly, the Europa League will be completed with the same format, with games across four German cities, including a final in Cologne on August 21.

It is however noted that countries do not have the same date of transfer dateline closure, but early  October has been put as the final date for signing and registration of players.


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