European football returns after pandemic 2020
German Bundesliga has become the first of top 5 championships that will restart after forced delay.
See below how does the current situation in European football looks like.
Germany: matches in Bundesliga 1 and 2 will be continued from May, 16.
Italy: during a video-conference involving club representatives, the decision has been taken to resume the matches on June, 13.
Portugal: football will be back from June, 4 (confirmed).
England: sporting events behind closed doors are officially allowed from June, 1. The return of the Premier League is expected on 12th or 19th of June. The next discussions regarding the dates will be held on May, 18.
Spain: provisional date – June, 12. Everything depends on government decisions. According to the plans, it should take 35 days to play the remaining matches in the top two Spanish divisions.
France, Netherlands: the seasons are called off – they won’t be resumed.
Belgium: all mass events are restricted until the end of July. It’s almost certain that the season will not be finished.
Russia: the championship will go on from June, 21 (confirmed on May, 15).
Ukraine: from first games in the local league after the break are expected to be played on May, 30.
European Cups: according to the latest news, UCL Round of 16 return leg between Juventus and Lyon is scheduled on August, 8.
There won’t be any spectators at the stadiums during the matches. Also a temporary change in football rules has been introduced: teams are allowed to make up to 5 substitutions during the game (instead of 3). To avoid deliberate time-wasting, 2 additional substitutions can only be made during the halftime break. This change is not mandatory – each association can decide, whether to apply it or not.
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