Web page updated 16 January 2017
FIFA, UEFA and AFC international tournaments.
Involvement of Israeli and Palestinian teams
1 Aim of this page
2 Summary – dates of key matches involving Israel and Palesttine
3 Listing of all international tournaments – with website references
4 FIFA Men’s Tournaments – details
5 FIFA Women’s Tournaments – details
6 UEFA Men’s Tournaments – details
7 UEFA Women’s Tournaments- details
8 AFC Men’s Tournaments – details
9 AFC Women’s Tournaments – details
To provide up to date information on the participation of Israel and Palestine in international tournaments. This is to help activists plan demonstrations and other actions as well as support the development of Palestinian football.
Narional team matches. Below are details of the key matches involving the national Israeli team playing away which provide opportunities for protests.
|Date||Tournament||Home Team / Venue|
|24 Mar 2017||FIFA World Cup Men’s Qualifiers||Spain|
|22-27 March 2017||UEFA Under 19 Mens 2017||France (mini tournament)|
|21-26 March 2017||UEFA Under 17 Mens 2017||Hungary (mini tournament)|
|5 Sept 2017||FIFA World Cup Men’s Qualifiers||Italy|
|6 October 2017||FIFA World Cup Men’s Qualifiers||Lichtenstein|
Club team matches. This table details Israeli club teams’ away games in the Europa League. No Israeli team qualified for the group stage of the Champion’s League.
|23 February 2017||Europa League||Besiktas (v Hapoel Be’er Sheva)|
isting of all international tournaments
Most major tournaments for both men’s and women’s national teams are held on a four yearly basis, although the AFC’s Challenge Cup is held biannually. Club tournaments, such as the European Champions League and Europa League are held annually.
This section gives website references to all FIFA, UEFA and AFC tournaments. Check out the relevent websites for the absolute latest information. Subsequent sections extract relevent details at 22 September 2016.
3.1 FIFA tournaments (including Olympics)
Most FIFA tournaments are for national teams. These comprise ten men’s and five women’s competitions and include senior and junior, five a side (futsal), and beach football. Details of the next tournament for each competition can be viewed on the FIFA website: http://www.fifa.com/fifa-tournaments/index.html and the most relevant are listed below.
2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia, 14 June – 15 July
2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, Russia 17 June -17 July
2017 FIFA Under 20 World Cup, Korean Republic, 20 May to 11 June
2015 FIFA Under 17 World Cup, Chile, 17 October – 8 November
2016 FIFA Club World Cup, Japan, 8 – 18 December
2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup, Columbia, 10 Septebmer – 1 October
2016 Olympic Football Tournaments, Brazil, 3 – 20 August
2016 Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup, 4 – 5 May
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, France,
2016 FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup, Papua New Guinea, 13 Nov – 3 Dec
2016 FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup, Jordan, 30 September to 21 October
2016 Olympic Football Tournaments, Brazil, 5-21 August
3.2 UEFA tournaments
There are 17 different tournaments for both mens’ and women’s national and club teams. The following tables link to the relevant pages of the UEFA website. Under the “Standings” tab you can see tables and results of the various rounds of each UEFA competition identified on the website plus the regional qualifiers for World Cups.
3.3 AFC Tournaments
AFC Asian Cup 2015 (2019 tournament not yet detailed by the AFC)
AFC Challenge Cup (next tournament in 2016 is to be detailed by the AFC)
4. FIFA Men’s Tournaments
4.1 2018 FIFA Men’s World Cup (finals 14 June to 15 July, Russia)
4.1a Israel’s games
European Qualification Round 1 consists of seven round-robin, home-and-away groups of six teams each as well as two round-robin, home-and-away groups of five teams each. The nine group winners qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. The eight best group runners-up will advance to Round 2 from which the four winners qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. By 12 November standings were::
Israel has to play Spain home and away and Italy away. To progress Israel will need to take points of both these teams. Remaining games (away for Israel in bold) are:
4.1b Palestine’s games
Due to their FIFA standing Palestine was not required to play in the Asian Round 1 qualifiers which took place in early 2015 but progressed straight to Round 2. In Round 2 40 teams were divided into 8 Round Robin home and away groups. Palestine is in Group A along with Saudi Arabia, UAE, Malysia, Timor-Leste.
The 8 group winners and 4 best placed runners up will progress to Round 3 of the World Cup Qualifiers. As a result comig third in their World Cup Qualifying group, see below, Palestine was eliminated from the World Cup but will progress to the third qualifying round for the Asian Cup (see Section 8.1).
|Palestine||8||12||Asian Cup (third qualifying round)|
4.2 2017 FIFA Under 20 World Cup, Republic of Korea
Israel has not qualified
4.3 2015 FIFA Under 17 World Cup, Chile
No information on the next tournament is available.
4.4 2016 FIFA Club World Cup, Japan, 8 – 18 December
Winners of the UEFA, AFC and other regions’s Champions Leagues qualify for the finals. No Israeli or Palestinian teams were represented.
4.5 2020 Olympics, Tokyo
No information available .
5. FIFA Women’s tournaments
5.1 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, France
Qualifying rounds to be held by UEFA and AFC. Details are to be established
5.2 2016 FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup, Papua New Guinea
Israeli failed to qualify for the finals which take place in Nov/Dec 2016.
5.3 2016 FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup Jordan
Europe: The top three teams in the Final Round of the ninth UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship qualified for Jordan 2016. Israel did not qualify.
Asia: Palestine did not compete in qualifying tournaments.
5.4 2020 Women’s Olympics, Tokyo
No information available as yet.
6 UEFA Men’s tournaments
6.1 2020 UEFA European Championship (EUROs)
UEFA EURO 2020 will be held across 13 different European cities in the summer of 2020.
Group Matches, round of sixteen and quarter finals;
Munich (Germany) – three group matches and a quarter-final Baku (Azerbaijan) – three group matches and a quarter-final Rome (Italy) – three group matches and a quarter-final St Petersburg (Russia) – three group matches and a quarter-final Brussels (Belgium) – three group matches and a round of 16 match Copenhagen (Denmark) – three group matches and a round of 16 match Budapest (Hungary) – three group matches and a round of 16 match Amsterdam (Netherlands) – three group matches and a round of 16 match Dublin (Republic of Ireland) – three group matches and a round of 16 match Bucharest (Romania) – three group matches and a round of 16 match Glasgow (Scotland) – three group matches and a round of 16 match Bilbao (Spain) – three group matches and a round of 16 match London (England) – see below
The semi-finals and final of UEFA EURO 2020 will be held at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
Qualifying matches for EURO 2020 will commence in 2018.
6.2. 2017 UEFA European Under 21 Championship, Poland
The 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship featured a qualifying group stage and a play-off round to determine which 11 teams join hosts Poland in the final tournament. Israeli did not qualify.
Full details of results to date can be found at:-
6.3 2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship , Georgia
Israel won Group 3 of the Qualifying Round and prgressed to the Elite Round. which comprises 28 teams divided into seven mini-tournaments in groups of four. The seven group winners will join hosts, Georgia in the finals.
Israel is in Group 5 with France (holders), Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Bulgaria. Matches will take place in France 22-27 March 2017.
6.4 2017 UEFA European Under-17 Championship , Croatia
Israel topped its qualifying group and progressed to the Elite Round. It’s in Group 2 with Norway, Hungary (hosts) and Russia. Matches will be played 21/23/26 March 2017. .
In the elite round, 31 qualifiers plus the top seed Germany, given a bye this far, compete in eight mini-tournament groups of four. The group winners and seven runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their section advance to the finals to join the hosts. In the final tournament the contenders are split into four groups of four, with the front two from each proceeding to the knockout phase.
6.5 2018 UEFA European Under 19 Championship , Finland
Qualifying Round mini tournments will be played 3 – 9 October 2017 and Israel is in Group 6 with Austria (hosts) Lithuania and Kosovo.
6.6 2018 UEFA European Under 17 Championship , England
Qualifying Round mini tournments will be played 13/16/19 October 2017 and Israel is in Group 3 with Czech Republic (hosts), Turkey, Israel and Armenia.
6.7 2016/17 UEFA Club Tournaments – Champions League, Europa League and Youth League
There is no Israeli presence in the Champions League. Maccbi Tel Aviv failed to progress fromt the group stage of the Europa League. Hapoel Be’er Sheva progressed to the knock out stage as group runners up and drew BESIKTAS JK. Matches will be played on Thursdays 16th in Israel and 23rd February in Turkey.
7.1 2017 UEFA Women’s European Championship, Netherlands
The path to the first 16-team UEFA Women’s EURO final tournament in the Netherlands began with a preliminary round followed by a qualifying group stage and then play-offs. Israel came bottom of Group 8 in the Qualifying Rounds and was eliminated.
7.2 2017 UEFA European Under 19 Championship, Northern Ireland
The UEFA European Women’s Under-19 Championship consists of three distinct stages: two qualifying rounds and the finals. Israel was in Group 5 in the Qualifying Rounds along with Russia, Greece and Slovenia and came bottom of the Group and therefore failed to qualify. .
7.3 2017 UEFA European Under 17 Championship, Czech Republic
The UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship consists of three distinct stages: two qualifying rounds and an eight-team final tournament. Israel was in Group 1 of the Qualifying Round along with Denmark, Switzerland and Slovakia.
The first qualifying round matches were played in Israel between the 20th and 25th September 2016; Israel lost all three of these matches and therefore failed to progress to the next stage.
7.4 2018 UEFA European Under 19 Championship , Switzerland
The Qualifying Round is made up of mini tournments. Israel is in Group 11 with Finland (hosts) Serbia, and Bosnia Herzegovina and will be played 12-18 September 2017
7.5 2018 UEFA European Under 17 Championship , Lithuania
The Qualifying Round is made up of mini tournments. Israel is in Group 6 with Sweden (hosts), Russia and Croatia and matches will be played 19-22 October 2017
7.6 2017 UEFA Women’s Champions League
No Israeli team is represented.
8. AFC Mens’ Tournaments
This part of the website is to be updated.
The AFC has subdivided all its national teams into three categories according to rankings: developed, developing and emerging . Palestine is in the emerging nations category.
The AFC website is not very up to date. The following reflects what it known at present.
8.1 2019 Asia Cup, UAE
The finals will be contested by 24 teams in the UAE. The host nation will automatically qualify and the remaining 23 places will be determined among the 45 national teams through a qualifying competition running from March 2015 and March 2018. The first two rounds also serve as part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification process for the AFC (see section 4.1b above). In 2015/2016 Palestine came third in the FIFA World Cup Qualaifying group and therefore have progessed to the Asian Cup Qualifying Final Round. The draw has not yet taken place. See link below. We believe that the third qualifying round will take place between March 2017 and March 2018. Further information will be included when available.
8.2 2016 AFC Under 23 Championship, Qatar
The finals were played in January; Japan won. Palestine was not represented.
8.3 2016 AFC Under 19 Championship, Bahrain
Palestine was in Qualifying Group C, came second after beating India and Afghanistan but lost to UAE and did not progress to finals.
8.4 2016 AFC Champions League, (club tournament)
This competition is for the developed group of AFC countries, so there is no Palestinian participation
8.5 2016 AFC Cup, (club tournament)
This annual international competition is for clubs in the AFC’s ‘developing nations’ category and for qualifying emerging nations. Two Palestinian clubs have participated in the 2016 competition. However, two Syrian teams refused to play in Palestine and, unjustly, were both awarded a 3-0 victory by the AFC Disciplinary Committee – the blame being put on Palestine for not finding a neutral venue as instructed by the AFC..
This part of the website is to be completed.
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