All international matches at Ullevaal to be played in front of empty stands this autumn

National team manager Lars Lagerbäck and NorwayOslo. Ullevaal stadium. National team manager Lars Lagerbäck and Norway. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB

This Tuesday, the Norwegian Football Association (NFF) confirmed that the Norway-Serbia game and the rest of this autumn’s home matches will be played in front of empty stands, due to the coronavirus situation.

It probably comes as no surprise, but the audience will not be allowed to enter Ullevaal for the games against Serbia (October 8), Romania (October 11), Northern Ireland (October 14), or any other match this fall.

The Belgian Football Association announced on Tuesday that UEFA has rejected the association’s proposal to let in 11,000 spectators at the international match against Ivory Coast on October 8.

The plan was approved by the Belgian authorities after cooperation on a strict infection control protocol.

“Unfortunately, UEFA believes that it is too early to implement this protocol. The match will, therefore, be played in front of empty stands,” a statement from the association noted.

International matches

Belgian football president Peter Bossaert said that the European Football Association’s “no” to having spectators at matches in October applies to all international matches.

Last week, UEFA tested an infection control protocol for the public when 15,180 spectators got to watch the European Super Cup between Bayern Munich and Sevilla in Budapest.

The association announced that it would evaluate the experiment to make a decision this week on whether the public could be allowed to spectate international club matches and international matches.

UEFA has not yet announced its decision.

However, it seems that the association has already communicated its position to affiliates.


The NFF announced that those who bought tickets for the Serbia match would get their money back.

“This means that no one needs to contact Ticketmaster or the NFF to get their money refunded,” the association wrote on its website.

If Norway wins the match against Serbia, the “final” for a European Championship game against Scotland or Israel will take place on November 12.

That match has also been added to Ullevaal Stadium and will possibly be played without spectators.

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