September. Chronicle of events: the start of the League of Nations, the northern European tour of the youth team and the victory of the national women's team

In September, after a long break caused by the pandemic, matches of tournaments at the level of national teams, in which representatives of Ukraine take part, resumed.

September 1. Started the second wave of training of VAR arbitrators, conducted by the Ukrainian Football Association. In the first days of autumn, the officials of the match will consolidate the acquired knowledge in the mode of training matches, and the UAF Referees Committee will soon be replenished among certified VAR instructors.

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The new wave covers 14 people who will be qualified to work with VAR. Graduates of the second wave of training will be fully involved in the matches of Ukrainian competitions from the 5th round of the current UPL championship.

September 2. The national futsal team of Ukraine has learned the names of its rivals in the Euro-2022 qualifiers. According to the results draw of the group qualification round At the European Futsal Championships in Nyon, Switzerland, the blue and yellows are in Group 1, where they will play against Croatia, Albania and the winner of the clashes of the qualifying round between the teams of San Marino and Denmark.

The matches of the group stage of selection will be held from November 2, 2020 to April 14, 2021.

September 2. The grand opening ceremony of the new stadium, where FC Kolos will play its home matches, took place in Kovalivka, Kyiv region.

Reconstruction of the old arena lasted 414 days and cost about 160 million hryvnias. The opening ceremony was attended by UAF President Andriy Pavelko, UEFA Executive Committee member and Kolos President Andriy Zasukha.

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"In January, when I visited Kovalivka, construction was in full swing, and today FC Kolos, for which the whole of Ukraine will soon support the Europa League qualifiers, received a renovated home, which has the necessary conditions to become the football center of the entire Kyiv region." - noted Andriy Pavelko.

September 3. The national team of Ukraine started its performance in Division A of the League of Nations with a victory over the Swiss team. Match in Lviv ended with a score of 2: 1 in favor of the blue and yellow. English legionnaires Yarmolenko and Zinchenko scored goals for the hosts. They were assisted by Tymchyk and Mykhaylichenko, respectively, two debutants for whom the game with the Swiss became the first for the main team.

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After this victory, the blue and yellows led the group 4 of the elite division of the League of Nations.

"The debutants acted very confidently, they fully fulfilled the tasks we set. After a good connection of Tymchyk, we scored the first goal ... As for substitutions, we could only make three of them. During the match, I took into account the different condition of the players. Those players who were on the field kept the rhythm of the game, substitutions were unnecessary. Besides, I wasn't sure that the artist would be able to enter such a game. We achieved the result, so such a decision was justified, "- noted after the match head coach of Ukrainians Andriy Shevchenko.

September 3. The President of the Ukrainian Football Association, a member of the UEFA Executive Committee Andriy Pavelko, met in Lviv with the President of the Swiss Football Association Dominique Blanc and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Switzerland to Ukraine Claude Wild.

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During the reception, Andriy Pavelko, Dominique Blanc and Claude Wild discussed bilateral cooperation between Ukraine and Switzerland in football development, exchanged memories of previous meetings of the two national teams, including the historic and victorious match of our team 1/8 finals of the 2006 World Cup, and also thoughts on the prospects for the development of bilateral relations, including in holding friendly matches of the national teams of Ukraine and Switzerland.

"I am grateful to my Swiss colleague Dominique Blanc and Mr. Claude Wilde for an extremely interesting and productive meeting that will promote the development of football cooperation between Ukraine and Switzerland," said Andriy Pavelko following the event. 

September 4. It has happened signing the agreement between ARBER and the Ukrainian Football Association, according to which ARBER creates an official collection of business clothes for the national team of Ukraine and the official delegation of the UAF.

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The agreement defines an expanded format of cooperation, which, in addition to the above, provides for the creation and active distribution of a unique joint capsule collection of casual clothing ARBER-UAFootball for millions of football fans and fans of quality clothing from ARBER.

September 4. Youth team of Ukraine played a draw on the road (1: 1) with the leader of qualifying group 8 Euro-2021 (U-21) - the Danish team. The Blue and Yellows opened the scoring in the 74th minute (Sikan scored) and missed the ball in response in the fifth minute, losing a win that was so close.

"The national team of Ukraine in all respects surpassed its opponent, but football is such a thing that the strongest does not always win in it", - noticed after the match mentor of "youth" Ruslan Rotan.

September 2-6. The Ukrainian beach soccer team played in the Euroleague Super Final in Portugal. Mykola Kostenko's wards won in Germany on penalties and conceded Switzerland and Portugal, and in the match of the last round beat France and took the final third place.

September 6. The second match in the League of Nations was played by the national team of Ukraine. The meeting in Madrid ended victory of the Spanish team with a score of 4: 0. And in this game the coaching staff of the Ukrainian national team involved an absolute debutant - Kharatin came on the field from the first minute.

After the second round, the blue-yellows with three points were on the second row of the table of group A4.

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Head coach of the blue and yellows Andriy Shevchenko explained the poor outcome of the match tired players after the previous meeting: "The main problem was that our team did not recover. The second game at this level is always difficult. When we meet the top teams, it is very difficult for us to recover later. The boys gave their all on the field, but Spain was better. "

September 8. Youth team of Ukraine confidently defeated the Finnish team in the away match of the selection of Euro-2021 (U-21). Ruslan Rotan's charges decided the fate of the match in the first 45 minutes thanks to the goals of Konopli and Sikan. In the end - 2: 0 in favor of the Ukrainians, who rose to the third line of qualifying group 8.

"The quality of the game is important for us, which we are trying to improve. Although we do not give up the result. Every match that remains in the selection will be like a final for the national team of Ukraine ", - said at a post-match press conference blue-yellow coach Ruslan Rotan.

September 10. In Kyiv at the House of Football there was a draw the second preliminary stage of the Cup of Ukraine 2020/2021.

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Three First League clubs, Ahrobiznes, Volyn and Obolon, have already learned the names of their rivals as well as 19 winners of the first stage and three clubs of the first league - "Agribusiness", "Volyn" and "Obolon". 

September 10. The venues of the next matches of the youth national team of Ukraine in the Euro-2021 (U-21) qualification have been determined. Home game with Romania on October 9 blue-yellow will be held at the Obolon-Arena stadium in Kyiv. Four days later, on October 13, the "young girl" will meet the team of Northern Ireland. The match will take place in Ballimena at Showgrands Stadium.

September 11. Ministry of Health of Ukraine in a letter to the UAF confirmed the possibility holding international club matches and matches of national teams with fans in the "green" and "yellow" zones.

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President of the Ukrainian Association of Football, the UEFA Executive Committee member Andrii Pavelko commented on the letter of the head of the Ministry of Health and expressed confidence that the support of spectators will help our teams in important matches:

- For the last month and a half we have managed to return the spectators to the stands in the UPL, First and Second league matches where the epidemiological situation allows. The next step is the return of fans to the international matches of our clubs and national teams. This also requires a separate decision of the Ministry of Health. After lengthy consultations, we sent a request and received a positive response from Minister Maksym Stepanov.

September 11. Decree of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky № 387/2020 on the occasion of the Day of Physical Culture and Sports state awards and representatives of the Ukrainian Football Association.

In particular, Igor Ivanovich Belanov - co-chairman of the Committee of Professional Football - was awarded the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise V degree; Irek Farkhatovych Gataullin - Chairman of the Vinnytsia Regional Football Association, President of the All-Ukrainian Association of Professional Footballers, Member of the UAF Executive Committee - Order of Merit of the II degree; Roman Vyacheslavovich Zozulya - volunteer, football player of the football club "Albacete" - the Order of Merit of the III degree.

September 12. On the occasion of the Day of Physical Culture and Sports on the initiative of Minimolsport together with the All-Ukrainian Center for Physical Health "Sports for All" and UAF were held physical culture and health-improving activities.

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As part of the celebration, a mini-tournament and football master classes were held, after which everyone had the opportunity to take pictures with Oleg Protasov's "Silver Boot", which he won for second place among the scorers of the national championships in 1986. The children-participants of the events also received sports equipment and souvenirs.

September 12. On the occasion of the Day of Physical Culture and Sports in the village of Korzhi, Baryshiv district, Kyiv region the stadium was opened for the local football club "Trubizh".

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"We hope for further fruitful cooperation in such projects, thanks to which thousands of boys and girls from small communities get the opportunity to play their favorite game in modern European conditions," said in his speech, First Vice President of the UAF Vadym Kostyuchenko, who on behalf of the UAF President. UEFA Executive Committee member Andriy Pavelko and head coach of the national team of Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko congratulated everyone on the Day of Physical Culture and Sports, after which he presented the local football community with exclusive gifts from the main team, including a symbolic T-shirt "12 players of Korzhi".

September 14. Ukrainian Football Association and official partner of the national team of Ukraine Parimatch held in Kiev at PMHUB second meeting of the Parimatch Expert Club this year. The topic of discussion was the start of the national team of Ukraine in the League of Nations draw.

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The meeting was attended by the legendary player, first vice-president of UAF Anatoliy Demyanenko, head coach of the youth national team of Ukraine U-17 Serhiy Nagornyak, football player of the national team Mykola Matvienko and press attaché of the head coach of the national team Mykola Vasylkov. The event was moderated by the press attaché of the national team of Ukraine Oleksandr Hlyvynsky.

September 15. Ukrainian club "Dream-2006" became the winner of the women's Cup of European beach soccer champions.

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The team from Ananiev, which represented our country in the Champions Cup in Nazare, Portugal, took first place in the prestigious tournament, ahead of four competitors. 

September 16. Officially announced, that on October 7 this year at the stadium "Stade de France" in Saint-Denis the national team of Ukraine will hold a friendly match with the current world champion - the team of France. The match was scheduled for March 27, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the decision of the UEFA Executive Committee.

September 16. The UEFA Executive Committee, of which UAF President Andriy Pavelko is a member, has decided on some tournaments in connection with the situation with the COVID-19 virus in Europe. In particular, the format has been changed Women's Champions League season-2020/2021, Futsal Champions League season 2020/2021 and Euro-2020 (U-19) qualifying round.

The elite qualifying round of Euro 2020 (U-19) has been postponed from October to November this year. The final stage with the participation of eight teams will be held in Northern Ireland in March 2021. The youth national team of Ukraine U-19, led by Oleg Kuznetsov, in the elite qualifying round of Euro 2020 in Denmark will compete for a ticket to the final stage with the hosts, Latvia and England.

September 16-17. There were 11 matches of the second preliminary stage draw of the Cup of Ukraine-2020/2021. At this stage, the leading teams of the first league joined the fight for the trophy, some of them, in particular "Volyn" had to go the distance.

September 18. . draw of the third (1/16) round Cup of Ukraine-2020/2021. 11 winners of the second preliminary stage (seven clubs of the first league, three clubs of the second league, one amateur team) and 11 clubs of the Premier League took part in the draw of this stage of the Cup of Ukraine. The draw was blind. The first vice-president of UAF Anatoliy Demyanenko took part in the procedure.

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September 18. Kolos Stadium in Kovalivka, Kyiv Region, by UEFA decision was approved the venue of the match of the qualifying tournament for the youth Euro-2021 between the national teams of Ukraine and Northern Ireland.

September 18. The women's national team of Ukraine won the first victory in the selection of Euro-2022. Blue-yellow beat Montenegro away (3: 1) and kept the chances of passing the qualification.

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Goals for Natalia Zinchenko's wards were scored by Apanashchenko and Kunina. Another ball was sent into the goal by the defender of the rival team.

September 15-19. It took place in Kharkiv training collection of the youth national team of Ukraine in futsal (U-19), during which the blue-yellows played two control matches (with "Monolith-Viva Cup" - 0: 2 and "Cheetah" - 2: 3). The team, led by head coach Vitaly Odegov, is preparing for qualification for Euro-2021.

September 20. Festival of champions of UAF PROTASOV CUP-2020 among children's teams composed of players born in 2010, took place in Kyiv. All 10 participants played three matches. 

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"At your age, I also loved football very much, I dedicated every free minute to it," Oleg Protasov addressed the festival participants. - I adored him and even saw in a dream how I go out on the field as part of my favorite "Dnipro" with my own name on a T-shirt, with the stands full, enjoy the game, score goals… You can say that my dreams have come true, which I wish you " .

September 20. After the festival of UAF champions PROTASOV CUP-2020 at NTK. Bannikov the award ceremony took place participants of the Open Championship of the Football Academy of the UAF season 2019/2020, which started last fall. The competitions, which were initiated by the Ukrainian Football Association and supported by the Football Development of Ukraine Charitable Foundation, were attended by 10 metropolitan children's teams formed of football players born in 2010.

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, it was not possible to hold the competition in full, so the winners were determined based on the results of nine rounds. The winner was SC Kyiv, the second and third places were taken by the teams of FA UAF and FC Troyeshchyna, respectively.

The award ceremony was attended by the first vice-presidents of UAF Vadym Kostyuchenko and Oleg Protasov.

September 21. Head coach of the national team of Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko announced a list of 28 playerscalled for training and participation in matches against France (October 7), Germany (October 10) and Spain (October 13).

Among the called - one newcomer. This is defender Yevhen Cheberko from the Austrian LASK.

September 22. The second victory in a row in the selection of Euro-2022 won the women's national team of Ukraine. In Kyiv at Obolon Arena, Natalia Zinchenko's team did not leave any chances for Greece - 4: 0.

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Kozlova (double), Kravets and Apanashchenko scored goals in the blue-yellow team. Thanks to this victory, the Ukrainians came in third in their group and continued to fight for a ticket to the final tournament.

After an unsuccessful start, my wards no longer have the right to make a mistake, for them every fight is like a final one, - commented the head coach of the women's national team of Ukraine Natalia Zinchenko results of the last matches. - That's why the girls didn't have to adjust to these confrontations. The plan was one - to go out on the field and win.

September 24. It has happened meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee, a member of which is the President of the UAF Andriy Pavelko. A number of important decisions have been made for European football.

In particular, it was decided to make up for the matches of the national teams, which were canceled due to a break in March this year and the transfer of the Euro from the summer of 2020 to 2021. These matches will be played by extending the windows in the FIFA calendar in March and September 2021. Definitely dates of the final tournament of the League of Nations (October 6-7 and October 10, 2021). The rule of five substitutions in all matches of the UEFA League of Nations, women's Euro qualifiers, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Women's Champions League and European qualifiers until the end of the current season has remained in force.

The decisions of the UEFA Executive Committee also applied calendar of qualifications for the World Cup-2022 and special events during club and national team tournament matches.

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- The first live meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee took place after more than six months of forced break caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, - said the President of the UAF, a member of the UEFA Executive Committee Andriy Pavelko. - During this period, we met with colleagues exclusively in the format of video conferences. That is why today it was a great pleasure to meet in Budapest and discuss key areas of European football development and work plans for the future.

September 25. Another group of Ukrainian specialists received UEFA PRO diplomas. The graduation ceremony, which was attended by the first vice-president of UAF, vice-president of AVFU Anatoliy Demyanenko, took place in the Football House.

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The full course of study (2018-2020) was attended by: Anatoliy Bezsmertny, Oleksandr Hrytsai, Andriy Donets, Mykhailo Dyachuk-Stavytsky, Natalia Zinchenko, Volodymyr Kovalyuk, Ruslan Kostyshyn, Artem Kusliy, Serhiy Litovchenko, Oleg Mazurenko, Ostap Markevich, Ruslan Mostovy, Serhiy Na , Viktor Pyshchev, Glib Platov, Oleksandr Poklonsky, Andriy Ushchapovsky, Oleksandr Funderat, Oleksandr Chyzhevsky, Vyacheslav Shevchuk and Oleksandr Shovkovsky. 

September 29. At the Extraordinary Conference of the Professional Football League of Ukraine, which took place in the House of Football, a new PFL president was elected. According to the unanimous decision of the delegates, this position was held by Oleksandr Kadenko for four years.

The first to greet the appointment of the PFL leader was Andriy Pavelko, President of the UAF and a member of the UEFA Executive Committee, who took part in the event.

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The conference also approved the new version of the PFL Charter. PFL football clubs must bring their statutes into line with its requirements within three months.

September 30. In the Football House a press conference was held, during which the first cyber football league in Ukraine was presented, in which everyone will be able to take part.

During the presentation it was announced the beginning of cooperation of the Ukrainian Electronic Football Association with one of the largest domestic e-sports platforms - ESportsBattle, presented a cyber football academy for gamers and future professionals - ESportsBattleAcademy. The event was attended by both representatives of organizations and famous athletes.

September 30. 10 out of 11 matches were played third round (1/16 final) draw of the Cup of Ukraine-2020/2021. The favorites of the confrontations have generally confirmed their status. In particular, the last amateur team in the current draw, "Victoria", lost to the elite "Mariupol" - 1: 3.

September 30. It took place at the Sunny Stadium in Kharkiv the final match of the Cup of Ukraine among the women's teams of the 2019/2020 season between Voskhod (Stara Mayachka) and Zhytlobud-2 (Kharkiv). Zhytlobud-1, which won the trophy for the first time in history, celebrated the victory with a score of 0: 2.

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