Web page updated 13 June 2017
FIFA, UEFA and AFC international tournaments.
Involvement of Israeli and Palestinian teams
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.
Israeli National team matches. Below are details of the key matches involving the senior national Israeli team playing away which provide opportunities for protests.
|Date||Tournament||Home Team / Venue|
|5 Sept 2017||FIFA World Cup Men’s Qualifiers||Italy|
|6 October 2017||FIFA World Cup Men’s Qualifiers||Lichtenstein|
See sections 6.2- 6.6 for potential junior team games.
Israeli Club team matches. The draw for the 2017/18 Champions League and Europa League will be made on the 19th Jun The Israeli clubs that will be participating in the Qualifying stages are Hapoel Beer Sheva in the Champions League and Maccabi Tel Aviv, Beitar Jerusalem and Bnei Yehuda in the Europa League.
Palestinian matches. Palestine is currently leading its Qulifying group for a position in the 2019 Asian Cup finals
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 29 March 2017.
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 – 2 July
2017 FIFA Under 20 World Cup, Korean Republic, 20 May to 11 June)
2017 FIFA Under 17 World Cup, India, 6 October – 28 October
2017 FIFA Club World Cup, location to be announced, December
2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup, Columbia, 10 Septebmer – 1 October
2020 Olympic Football Tournaments, Tokyo,
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
2020 Olympic Football Tournaments, Tokyo
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
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. At the end of June 2017 the standings were as follows. There is virtually no chance of Israel qualifying.
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 was 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, see section 8.1)|
4.2 2017 FIFA Under 20 World Cup, Republic of Korea
Israel has not qualified
4.3 2017 FIFA Under 17 World Cup, India
Israel will not feature in the finals in October
4.4 2017 FIFA Club World Cup
Winners of the UEFA, AFC and other regions’s Champions Leagues qualify for the finals.
4.5 2020 Olympics, Tokyo
No information available as yet
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 took 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.
6.1 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
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 progressed to the Elite Round. which comprised 28 teams divided into seven mini-tournaments in groups of four. The seven group winners will join hosts, Georgia in the finals.
Israel was in Group 5 with France (holders), Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Bulgaria. Matches took place in France 22-27 March 2017. Israel came third it its Elite group and was eliminated
6.4 2017 UEFA European Under-17 Championship , Croatia
Israel topped its qualifying group and progressed to the Elite Round. It was in Group 2 with Norway, Hungary (hosts) and Russia. Matches were played 21/23/26 March 2017. Israel came third in its Elite group and was eliminated.
6.5 2018 UEFA European Under 19 Championship , Finland (16 – 29 July 2018)
Qualifying Round mini tournments will be played 3 – 9 October 2017 and Israel is in Group 6 with Austria (hosts) Lithuania and Kosovo. . The top two from each group progress to the elite round alongside the third-placed team with the best record against the top pair in their group. In the elite round, played in the spring 2018, those 27 qualifiers join the top seed, given a bye, in seven mini-tournament groups of four. The group winners then join the hosts in the finals.
6.6 2018 UEFA European Under 17 Championship , England (3-19 May 2018)
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. The qualifying round is made up of 13 groups of four countries playing in one-venue mini-tournaments. The top two from qualifying gropu progress to the elite round alongside the five third-placed sides with the best record against the leading pair in their groups. In the elite round, held in spring 2018, those 31 qualifiers plus the top seed – 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.
6.7 2017/18 UEFA Club Tournaments – Champions League, Europa League and Youth League
The following have reached the qualifying stages of the competitions: :
UEFA Champions League: Hapoel Beer Sheva, league champions, enter at 2nd qualifying stage
UEFA Europa League: Maccabi Tel Aviv, league runners up, enter at 1st qualifying stage
UEFA Europa League: Beitar Jerusalem, league third place. enter at 1st qualifying stage
UEFA Europa League: Bnei Yehuda, State Cup Winners, enter at 2nd qualifying stage.
The draw for rounds 1 and 2 of the qualifying stages of both competitions takes place on the 19th June 2017.
Second qualifying stage matches of the Champions League take place on the 11/12 July and 18/19 July.
The first qualifying stage of the Europa League takes place on the 29 June and 6 July with the second stage on the 13 and 20 th July.
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 (18-30 July)
Israel is in Qualifying Group 11 with Finland (hosts) Serbia, and Bosnia Herzegovina and matches will be played between 2-18 September 2017.
This qualifying round, played in September, is made up of 11 groups of four teams playing in one-venue mini-tournaments. The group winners plus the ten runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their section advance to the elite round alongside three seeded nations given byes, i.e. France, England and Germany. In the elite round, played in April 2018 24 teams go into six mini-tournament groups of four. The group winners and the runners-up with the best record against the sides first and third in their pool join the hosts at the finals. At the final tournament the contenders will be split into two groups of four, the top two progressing to the semis, with the final to follow. In odd-numbered years the competition acts as a qualifier for the following year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (ie the 2017 EURO will lead to the 2018 World Cup).
7.5 2018 UEFA European Under 17 Championship, Lithuania (9-21 May 2018)
Israel is in Qualifying Group 6 with Sweden (hosts), Russia and Croatia and matches will be played 19-22 October 2017. The competition begins with one-venue four-team mini-tournaments, although the nations with the highest UEFA coefficient may be given byes to the second qualifying round. The winners and runners-up of the groups go through along with the the third-placed team with the best record against the first and second-placed teams, to ensure there are 24 sides in the next phase. These 24 teams are drawn into six groups of four teams. The groups are played as one-venue mini-tournaments with the winners and the runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their section progressing to the finals to join the hosts. In the finals the eight teams are split into two groups of four. The top two in each group go through to the knockout phase, beginning in the semi-finals.
7.6 2017 UEFA Women’s Champions League
No Israeli team is represented.
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 Asian Cup, UAE,
The finals will be contested by 24 teams in the UAE. The host nation automatically qualifies and the remaining 23 places are determined among the 45 national teams through a qualifying competition running from March 2015 and March 2018. The first two rounds also served 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 has progessed to the Asian Cup Qualifying Final Round. Palestine has been drawn in Group D leads the current standings, see below. There are six groups of four and the winners and runners up progress to the finals in the UAE.
|1||Palestine||2||2||0||0||5||1||+4||6||Qualification to 2019 AFC Asian Cup|
Future games for Palestine in group D are as follows.
|Date||Home team||Away team|
|5 September 2017||Bhutan||Palestine|
|10 October 2017||Palestine||Bhutan|
|14 November 2017||Palestine||Maldives|
|27 March 2018||Oman||Palestine|
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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