When will European Football resume after COVID-19 suspension?
At time of writing, most European nations would already have been under lock down for over a month and a half and football would have ceased for over 60 days. Several predictions were made earlier but clearly, we now have more information than before.
No one is saying that the COVID-19 is over, but several nations have already made concrete “return-to-normalcy” plans.
We look at the latest plans of the top European leagues.
All data correct as at 15th May.
- FC Barcelona leads by 2 points | 12 games to go
Spain is the most badly hit country in Europe, with over 220,000 cases of COVID-19. However, training in Spain has already resumed.
The La Liga president, Javier Tebas, has been bullish about the need to complete the current campaign to avoid significant financial losses. The league has proposed a strict four-phase protocol to resume training, with Tebas putting forward June 12 as a likely restart date.
- Juventus leads by 1 points | 12 games to go
In Italy, where the death toll from COVID-19 is nearing 27,000, prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, gave the go-ahead for professional sports teams to resume training in May in late April
As part of measures to ease the national lockdown during a televised address, Conte said individual training could start on 4 May, with players still respecting social distancing rules, and that team training could begin on 18 May.
In the latest update, the head of Italy’s Olympic committee has said that there is a 99% chance that the Italian government will allow Serie A to resume on 13 June.
- PSG leads by 12 points | 11 games to go
Ligue 1 has been cancelled as the French prime minister, Edouard Philippe, has announced there will be no professional football in the country until at least September.
The league’s governing body, the Ligue de Football Professionnel, is expected to meet next month to discuss how to end the season and resolve issues such as Champions League qualification, promotion and relegation.
They are the first top 5 European league to have been cancelled.
- Bayern Munich leads by 4 points | 9 games to go
The German Bundesliga looks set to be the first major European football league to resume with the expected resumption date of 16 May. All games would naturally be played behind closed doors and significant measures would have been in place.
Fans can look forward to Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke, scheduled as one of the Saturday games.
- Liverpool leads by 25 points | 9 games to go
Sources have indicated that 8 June is a possible restart date for the Premier League. As early as next week, some clubs will open up their facilities for individual training.
The clubs are expected to meet up later this week on to iron out the details but it is understood that the consensus is to restart the league as soon as possible, consistent with public health guidance.
No definitive dates nor plan have been revealed by the Premier League to date.
UEFA Champions League | Europa League
- Last 16 | Quarter-Final stage
UEFA have provided constant updates on their official page but no official word have been released with regards to their decision on the resumption of the Champions League and the Europa League.
The call is of course more complex in nature as UEFA would have to deal with international travel and working with various country’s football federations.
The Champions League Final was scheduled to take place in Istanbul and the Europa League Final in Gdansk.
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