UEFA detailed a program of national team games in 2021 on Thursday to catch up on the schedule disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Europe’s 55 national teams will play three games instead of two in each of March and September, with nearly all in their 2022 World Cup qualification groups.
The continent’s 10 World Cup qualifying groups were due to play games next June but that option was taken by the postponed 2020 European Championship. It is scheduled from June 11-July 11.
UEFA had also intended to play the four-team Nations League Finals mini-tournament next June.
That will go ahead in October 2021, to be hosted by either Italy, the Netherlands or Poland who are playing in the same top-tier League A group.
To make space in their 2021 schedules, the four Nations League Finals teams — who will be the winners of their…