When will the soccer leagues start again – The Soccer Column #20

updated 2020-05-15

We are living in exceptional times. “COVID-19” is the reason for the unprecedented interruption of all sports events, soccer included. There are just three national soccer leagues left playing. Belarus, Nicaragua, and Burundi are going against the trend at the moment (valid at the time we wrote this on April 6). Soccer fans were left in despair, but there was no other option.

We are almost a month without first-class football, and a lot of fans are asking two questions. The pessimist’s question is, “When will be the cancelation of the 2019/2020 season announced?” The optimists ask, “When will be the season 2019/2020 restarted?”.

SOCCERsoda always looks on the bright side of life (credit belongs to MonthyPyton), and we remain optimists.

The top leagues will do everything to finish their leagues because of money. It is more probable that the matches will be played behind closed doors, but the television contracts should be fulfilled. And games on televisions are better than no events at all.

We prepared the list of possible dates when top soccer leagues could be restarted. We will keep the list updated until all competitions will not be played again.

Germany: Bundesliga

Confirmed restart date: May 16
9 match days (of 34) left to be played

The government gave Bundesliga green light to start in the middle of May. The updated Bundesliga schedule is available here. And of course, the second Bundesliga will start as well.

Clubs got permission to restart the training process in small groups of players to minimize risks now. The full training sessions could be started after Easter. The most probable date of the restart of Bundesliga is May 16 (instead of May 9). The league is waiting for the ruling of government that should come on May 6.

England: Premier League

Possible restart date: June 12
9 match days (of 38) left to be played

Premier League is working with different scheduling options depending on the development of the situation. Currently, the plan is to start with training on May, 18 and the league should restart on June 12.

Italy: Seria A

Possible restart date: June 13
12 match days (of 38) left to be played

Individual training should start on May, 4. Group practices will be restarted on May, 18 and the Seria A should be played from June 13.

Spain: La Liga 

Possible restart date: June 12
11 match days (of 38) left to be played

Spain teams started with individual practices and the optimistic scenario set the opening day for June 12.

USA, CANADA: Major League Soccer (MLS)

Possible restart date: June or July
just 2 matchdays were played

The virus spread should peak in the coming days and the situation could return to normality in May. June or July is the most probable return options.

UEFA Champions League & Europe League

Possible restart date: July or August
“Best of 16” round and the rest of the playoffs need to be finished

UEFA declared that the national competitions finish is the priority. Champions League and Europe League were not canceled yet, but the restart date depends on the situation in all European countries.

EURO 2020

Euro was definitely moved to the year 2021 (06/11/2021 – 07/11/2021).


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