23-year-olds also play in the tournament called EURO U21: why is that?

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The U21 European Championship will be kicked off in Georgia and Romania on Wednesday. The official name of the tournament is UEFA Under 21 Championship. Although 23-year-olds can also take action. How did that happen?

Yanko Beeckman

The qualifying campaign for the European Championship already started in March 2021. To give national coaches the opportunity to also select the players who played during the qualifications, UEFA has determined that all players born after January 1, 2000 could be selected. At the Young Devils, no less than 11 of the 23 selected players, including Loïs Openda (23), Olivier Deman (23) and Charles De Ketelaere (22), are older than 23.

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