With a number of top football leagues suspended for the time being, the main question is 'When will football return?' Here is the latest on that...
When Will The Premier League Return? Not Before June 1
The Premier League has been working on ‘Project Restart’ for a while now and previous reports suggested that the Premier League may not return until the second week of June. However, the date could prove to be earlier than that after the government confirmed that top level sport could return from June 1 as part of a 50-page guidance document that was released on May 11. According to the plan to ease lockdown measures, step two of the plan includes “permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact”. It also states that games will be played behind closed doors.
When Will The English Football League Return? Not Before June 1
The English Championship, League One, League Two find themselves in a much more precarious position than the Premier League, especially those clubs lower down the totem pole, but the latest guidance from the government should lead to an update in the status of these leagues. The Championship could return from June 1, but it is looking increasingly likely that Leagues One and Two will be scrapped, if recent reports are true.
When Will The Scottish Premiership Return? Suspended Indefinitely
Scottish football – quite frankly – is in a mess with allegations of bullying being levied against the SFA following the decision to end the season of the leagues outside of the top flight. The outcome of the 2019/20 Scottish Premiership is yet to be confirmed and may not be determined until the drama surrounding the SPFL vote is over. What we do know is that Scotland’s first minister and chief medical officer are against the league season being resumed with games being played behind closed doors.
When Will Ligue 1 Return? Season Cancelled
The Ligue de Football Professionnel had reportedly been formulating plans for a June 17 return, but league officials have now cancelled the rest of the 2019/20 campaign after the French government banned all sporting events, including behind closed doors events, until September.
When Will La Liga Return? Suspended Indefinitely
La Liga teams have been permitted to return to training and the league president has put forward potential return dates in May and June, but that does not mean that a resumption of the 2019/20 season is imminent. In fact, it could be quite a while yet. The Spanish health minister has claimed that professional sport is unlikely to return until the summer.
When Will Serie A Return? Not Before May 18
The Italian prime minister has given the go-ahead for players to return to training in May, with individual training starting on May 4 leading to team training from May 18. Despite those developments there is still no official date as to when the 2019/20 Italian football season will restart.
When Will The Bundesliga Return? May 16
The Bundesliga has been given the green light to return on May 16 by the German government, with games to be played behind closed doors. “Today’s decision is good news for the Bundesliga and the Bundesliga 2,” said Christian Seifert, the chief executive of the DFL.
“It is associated with a great responsibility for the clubs and their employees to implement the medical and organisational requirements in a disciplined manner. Games without spectators are not an ideal solution for anyone. In a crisis threatening the very existence of some clubs, however, it is the only way to keep the leagues in their current form.”
When Will Major League Soccer Return? Not Before May 10
The Major League Soccer season remains suspended until May, but it is looking increasingly likely that the suspension will be extended until July at the earliest. The state of Florida recently deemed sports “essential”, but until that is the case across the country there is very little chance of the 2020 MLS season resuming.
When Will The Eredivisie Return? Season Cancelled
While other top-flight European leagues continue to pursue their options, football officials in the Netherlands have made an emphatic decision with no major events set to take place in the country until September at the earliest. The 2019/20 campaign has been cancelled with no champions being crowned and no clubs being relegated.