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FIFA, UEFA and AFC international tournaments.
Involvement of Israeli and Palestinian teams
This page provides information on the participation of Israel and Palestine in international tournaments: Mens FIFA and UEFA, Womens FIFA and UEFA, Mens and Womens AFC; to help plan actions. An attachment gives useful web addresses.
UEFA National league. Following the 2018 competition Israel remains in Division C where it will be joined by promoted Northern Ireland, Rep[ublic of Ireland, Slovakia and Turkey. So there may be opportunities for demonstrations, depending on how the fifteen countries are ranked. Scotland will not be potential opposition in 2019 as it was pomoted to B Division.
Future known matches for European teams agianst Israel are:
|Date||Tournament||Opposition / Home Team / Venue|
|7 June 2019||UEFA 2020 Qualifying round||Latvia|
|10 June 2019||UEFA 2020 Qualifying round||Poland|
|9 September 2019||UEFA 2020 Qualifying round||Slovenia|
|10 october 2019||UEFA 2020 Qualifying round||Austria|
|19 November||UEFA 2020 Qualifying round||Macedonai|
Israeli Club team matches. No Israeli teams qualified for the Group Stages of the Champions League in 2018/19 or for the Europa League.
Palestinian matches. Palestine has qualified for the 2019 Asian Cup finals. (see 6.1)
2.1 2018 FIFA Men’s World Cup
World Cup qualitiers were used to identify Asian teams for the AFC Asian Cup 2019. Palestine was eliminated from the World Cup but progressed to the third qualifying round for the Asian Cup (see Section 6.1).
|Palestine||8||12||Asian Cup (third qualifying round, see section 8.1)|
2.2 2019 FIFA Under 20 World Cup,
For European teams the Qualifying Tournament is the 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, and Israel has already been eliminated. (see 4.3)
2.3 2019 FIFA Under 17 World Cup
The finals of the 2019 UEFA European Under 17 championship will act as the qualifier for this tournatment, see 4.5.
2.4 2020 Olympics, Tokyo
No information available as yet.
3.1 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, France, 7 June to 7 July
European qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup comprises two group stages and a play-off round with France qualifying automatically as hosts.
The 16 lower-ranked nations were drawn into two four-team mini tournaments played from 6 to 11 April 2017. Each mini-tournament was staged by one of the countries and each team played one another once, with the group winners and the runner-up with the best record against the sides first and third in their section progressing. Israel progressed from this round to the Group stage but came last in its Group Stage matches.
3.2 2018 FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup, France, 5-24 August
Israel failed to qualify.
Palestine did not compete in qualifying tournaments.
3.3 2018 FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup, Uruguay, 13 Nov – 1 Dec
Palestine did not compete in qualifying tournaments. Israel competed in European Qualifiers but failed to progress to the Finals.
3.4 2020 Women’s Olympics, Tokyo
No information available as yet.
4.1 UEFA Nations League
In 2018 UEFA introduced a new league of four divisions to provide more demanding competition at national level, replacing in large part friendly internationals. There will be promotion and relegation between divisions and within each of the divisions there are four groups of three or four teams. The results from 2018 determined the ranking of teams for the draw for EURO 2020.
Israel started in the division C (the third tier of four) in Group 1 with Scotland and Albania, see below. Scortland won its group and Israel was second, so Scotland was promoted to Division B and Israel stayed in Division C. There Israel will be joined next year by teams promoted from Division D: Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Turkey and Slovakia. Therefore depending on the Group organisation (this is not clear at present) , there could be opportunities for demonstrations in NorthernIreland and the Republic of Ireland when Israeli teams visit.
|League A||League B||League C||League D|
|Switzerland||Republic of Ireland||Albania||Faroe Islands|
|Italy||Bosnia & Herz’govina||Norway||Luxembourg|
For further details see: Uefa’s guide to the Nations League
4.2 2020 UEFA European Championship (EUROs) – to be updated
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
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) – four group matches and a last 16 tie
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 March 2019 with countries split into 10 groups of 5 or 6. The top two teams in each group will qualify for the finals. The final four places will be decided via play-offs between the winners of the 16 Nations League in 2018.
4.3 2018 UEFA European Under 19 Championship , Finland (16 – 29 July 2018)
Israel was eliminated following matches with Austria, Lithuania and Kosovo. .
4.4 2018 UEFA European Under 17 Championship , England, 4 – 20 May 2018
Israel progressed through the Qualifying and Elite Rounds to the Finals in England. In the Finals Israel was eliminated after losing three Group Stage games
4.5 2019 UEFA European Under 17 Championship , Ireland, May 2019
The road to the 16-team 2018/19 UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals in the Republic of Ireland has begun with the Qualifying Round draw involving 52 of the hopefuls. Israel, who were in seeding pot B, are in Group 4 with Spain, Faroe Islands, FYR Macedonia. Matches will be played 20 – 26 October 2018 in Macedonia.
The top two in each Qualifying Round Group along with the four third-placed teams with the best record against the leading pair will join top seeds England and Germany in the Elite Round in March 2019. After that round, the eight group winners and seven runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their pool will join hosts Ireland in May’s finals.
The finals will act as Europe’s qualifier for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup. See 2.3
4.6. 2019 UEFA European Under 21 Championship, Italy and San Marino, 16 – 30 June 2019
Israel is in Qualifying Group 5 with Germany, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Azerbaijan, and Kosovo. Qualifying stages are played 25 March 2017 to 16 October 2018, and play-offs on 12-20 November 2018. The nine group winners qualify automatically for the finals. The four runners-up with the best records against the teams first, third, fourth and fifth in their group go into the play-offs in October 2018 where a couple of two-legged ties will decide the last two qualifiers.
By August 2018 Israel was placed fifth out of six teams with 7 points having played seven out of ten games. Forthcoming games are:
6 September 2018 Azerbaijan v Israel
11 October 2018 Israel v Republic of Ireland
16 October 2018 Israel v Kosovo
4.7 2018/19 UEFA Club Tournaments – Champions League, Europa League and Youth League
UEFA Champions League and Youth League: No Israeli teams qualified for either tournament.
UEFA Europa League: Only Maccabi Tel Aviv progressed to the final qulaifying round and are 3-1 down in the two leg matches with Sarpsborg 08 (Norway) with the return leg to be played on 30 August 2018
5.1 2021 UEFA Women’s European Championship
Venue and other details are yet to be defined. Only England has annouced that it will bid to host.
5.2 2018 UEFA Women’s European Under 19 Championship , Switzerland (18-30 July 2018)
Israel progressed to the elite round and were eliminated after coming third in their group.
In odd-numbered years this competition acts as a qualifier for the following year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (ie the 2017 European Under 19 Championship led to the 2018 Under 20 World Cup), see 3.2.
5.3 2019 UEFA Women’s European Under 19 Championship , Scotland and Georgia (16-28 July 2019)
The Qualifying Round draw has been made and Israel is in group 3 with Sweden, Slovenia and Kazakhstan and will be involved in a mini-tournament in Sweden, 3 – 9 October 2018
This round involves 48 of the record entry of 51. Spain and France have byes to the elite round and hosts Scotland also have a bye to the final tournament.
The top two sides in every group plus the two third-placed teams with the best record against the top two in their section join Spain and France in the elite round draw on 23 November 2018, with the games between 1-9 April and 10-18 June 2019. Seven teams will eventually qualify for the finals to join Scotland in summer 2019.
The finals will act as UEFA’s qualifier for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
5.4 2018 UEFA European Women’s Under 17 Championship, Lithuania (9-21 May 2018)
Israel progressed to the Elite Round but were bottom of Group 3 and were eliminated.
The top three finishers in the finals will qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup from 13 November to 1 December of that year in Uruguay. See 3.3.
5.5 2019 UEFA European Women’s Under 17 Championship, Bulgaria
The draw has been made for the 2019 UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship qualifying round, starting the road to Bulgaria. Involved in the draw were 44 of the record entry of 47 teams.
Israel is in Qualifying Group 2’s mini-tournament with Norway, Russia, Croatia, playing 19 – 25 Ocober 2018 in Croatia. Germany, and Spain have a bye to the elite round and the hosts Bulgaria have a bye to the finals.
The top two sides in every group plus the two third-placed teams with the best record against the top two in their section join Spain and France in the elite round draw on 23 November 2018, with the games in spring 2019.
Seven teams will eventually qualify for the finals to join Bulgaria.
5.6 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 is known at present.
6.1 2019 Asian Cup, United Arab Emirates, 5 Jan. – 1 Feb 2019,
The finals will be contested by 24 teams in the UAE. The host nation automatically qualifies and the remaining 23 places have been 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 2.1b above). In 2015/2016 Palestine came third in the FIFA World Cup Qualaifying group and therefore progessed to the Asian Cup Qualifying Final Round. Palestine was drawn in Group D and were Runners Up on goal difference, see below.
Palestine’s scores in the Qualifying group were as follows.
|Date||Home team||Away team|
|28 Mar 2017||Maldive 0||Palestine 3|
|13 Jun 2017||Palestine 2||Oman 1|
|5 September 2017||Bhutan 0||Palestine 2|
|10 October 2017||Palestine 10||Bhutan 0|
|14 November 2017||Palestine 8||Maldives 1|
|27 March 2018||Oman 1||Palestine 0|
6.2 2018 AFC Under 23 Championship, China, 9-27 January
The 2018 AFC U-23 Championship was the third tournament of the biennial AFC U-23 Championship.
Palestine, making its debut in this tournament, topped its Qualifying Group that included Jordan, Tajikistan and Bangladesh. It proceded to the Group stage with Japan, North Korea and Thailand, where it came second. It then lost in the quarter finals to Qatar 3-2.
6.3 2018 AFC Under 19 Championship, Indonesia
Palestine did not progress from the Group Stage.
6.4 2017 AFC Champions League, (club tournament)
This competition is for the developed group of AFC countries, so there is no Palestinian participation
6.5 2018 AFC Cup, (club tournament)
This annual international competition is for clubs in the AFC’s ‘developing nations’ category and for qualifying emerging nations. For Palestine West Bank club Hilal Al Quds parcipated but were eliminated in second stage of the tournament by the Omani club Al Suwaiq
This part of the website is to be completed.
Attachment Listing 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.
A 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
2018 FIFA Futsal World Cup, Slovenia, 30 January – 10 February
2019 FIFA Under 20 World Cup, venue and timing to be confirmed
2019 FIFA Under 17 World Cup, TBA,
2020 Olympic Football Tournaments, Tokyo,
2021 FIFA Confederations Cup, TBA (Asia), FIFA are considering replacement by a new Club World Cup
2018 FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup, France
2018 FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup, Uruguay
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, France,
2020 Olympic Football Tournaments, Tokyo
B UEFA tournaments
Below are details of the various UEFA tournaments for both men’s and women’s national and club teams including the qualifiers for FIFA tournaments with links 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 AFC Tournaments
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