February. Chronicle of events: the debut of the VAR system in Ukrainian football and the approval of the cities of the national team matches

The first official matches in Ukrainian football held with the use of the system were a significant event in February VAR.

February 1st. The Futsal Ukraine national team starts the elite round of selection for the 2020 World Cup in Serbia with a defeat in the match with the owners of the site - 2:5.

February 2st. And in the second match of the elite round of the World Cup qualification 2020 Alexander Kosenko's team were defeated, this time by the Spaniards - 1:3. After this setback, the blue and yellow lost their chances of qualifying for the mundial.

February 4st. The Ukrainian futsal team has completed the decisive stages of the World Cup draw with the French team - 2:2. This result left the Ukrainians in fourth place in the European Group B qualification group.

"It is clear that the result is unsatisfactory, - said Alexander Kosenko, summarizing the performance of the team in the elite round. - We have not completed the task. However, the game is not as hopeless as it seems. In this respect, the matches with Spain and France were good. As for the match with Serbia, the team that had the nerve was stronger won. ”

February 6st. The first of three scheduled friendly matches in the training camp in Spain was held by the Ukrainian U-17 national team, which is preparing for the elite round of qualifying for the Euro 2020 final (U-17). Oleksandr Petrakov's wards have made peace with the English - 0:0.

February 8st. In the second match at the Spanish assembly Ukrainian boys from the U-17 team beat the Belgian peers - 1:0.

February 10st. The last of the three sparring squads in Spain, Alexander Petrakov's team spent again with the England national team and this time conceded - 0:4.

"Thanks to the National Association, everything went well, - said Alexander Petrakov the results of the Spanish gathering of his team. - This applies to rivals, working conditions and weather. I love it".

12 February. In Nyon a working meeting was held UEFA Executive Committee and CONMEBOL Council. The parties have signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding continuing the agreement signed in 2012. The event was attended by the president of the Ukrainian Football Association, member of the UEFA Executive Committee Andriy Pavelko.

According to Andriy Pavelko, uniting people and entire continents with the help of football is always an effective formula, reinforced by a new memorandum of cooperation and understanding between UEFA and CONMEBOL. "Extremely warm and friendly meeting in Nyon, sharing ideas and plans for the joint development of football in Europe and South America ... Football development, women's soccer promotion, tournaments and refereeing are equally important for the two continents to be worked on by the UEFA Joint Committees and CONMEBOL. This is a wonderful platform for creating and disseminating innovative football solutions, and Ukraine will be one of the most active participants in this process, ”the UAF President said.

February 14st. The Executive Committee of the Ukrainian Association of Football supported the proposal UAF President Andriy Pavelko will designate Kharkiv, Kiev and Lviv as cities that will host three friendlies in blue and yellow before their start at Euro 2020.

Thus, on May 26, the Ukrainian national team will play at the Metalist OSC in Kharkiv with the Cyprus team, on June 2 in the Olympic NSC in Northern Ireland and on June 7 in Lviv at the Arena Lviv Stadium with Israel.

“These three matches will take place in the East, in the Center and in the West of Ukraine. Therefore, fans from all regions will have the opportunity to recharge their emotions with the main team ahead of the deciding tournament. And in general, it is symbolic, because recently, football is what unites our country and gives positive emotions to millions of fans, ”- said UEFA President, UEFA Executive Committee member Andrei Pavelko.

February 17-21. The ninth all-Ukrainian women's team tournament took place in Chernihiv Winter Championship 2020. Kharkiv's Zhitlobud-1 won the competition in the strongest teams of Ukrainian women's football.

February 22st. After the winter break the championship of Ukraine was renewed among the Premier League teams. In the match between Dynamo and Vorskla, held at the Valery Lobanovsky stadium in Kiev, the VAR system was used for the first time in Ukrainian football. Thus, Ukraine has joined the leading European countries in which national championships use the video assistant referee system. Proposed about two years ago, the initiative of UAF President Andriy Pavelko was successfully implemented.

February 26st. Ukrainian WU-17 girls' national team preparing for the elite round of Euro 2020 selection), as part of a training camp in Kharkiv, held the first of two scheduled matches against leading Ukrainian women's soccer clubs. IN sparring with "Zhitlobud-1" blue and yellow gave way - 1: 2.

February 28st. WU-17 team of Sergiy Sapronov held second control match in Kharkiv and lost from Zhytlobud-2 - 0: 6.

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