The German Football League has been a pioneer trying make the first necessary steps to make some conditions to resume all the competitions as soon as possible, sparing no efforts to do it.
MAY 9TH IS THE DESIRED DATE
Bundesliga is anxious to fully resume their competitions (First and second divisions in the country) as soon as they can trying to conclude all the seasons in regular time and they have already indicated May 9th as a date to resume the competitions if they obtain authorizations from the governmental entities.
For the last few weeks the Bundesliga has been designing a detailed plan so it would be possible to compete even creating a protocol where they mentioned the maximum number of persons that could be in the stadium, mainly the indispensable elements to make a football match possible.
According to the protocol, a football game would have a limit of 213 individuals inside the stadium and 109 outside. This would be the indispensable minimum to proceed with a match and attending the dimensions of the stadiums that wouldn’t be a risk too high for the health of the individuals.
Naturally, there is some critics and German fans are not taking this decision very well, because they sell out most of the stadiums, and saw with some disbelief all the matches being played at close doors.
TESTS WOULD BE REGULAR
Security measures that will resume the normal side of competitions would not only be limited to just the number of authorized individuals around the event, because all the players and staff would have to get tested for Covid-19 every 3 days, as well as the day before every match.
This would mean that more than 20.000 tests have to be available to resume football matches and that would be a huge investment from responsible entities of the competition. It is estimated that the large sum of tests would make an investment around 2,5 million euros.
The German Football League says the Bundesliga is 'ready to return on 9 May'.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) April 23, 2020
Besides that, it’s got to be clear that those tests for Covid-19 are, today, one of the most requested assets in the world and “wasting” dozens of thousands of this objects to it can be disputed some football matches seems a little bit disrespectful for those that have everyday struggle with resources in hospitals.
In short, an eventual Bundesliga’s resume could incite some conscience problems in individuals, players included, and that goal could even be postponed a few more weeks, in expectation that this pandemic slows a little more, in the next 15 days, for example.
PORTUGUESE LEAGUE SETS JUNE 5TH AS GOAL
The evolution of the pandemic outbreak in Portugal has been controlled like in Germany, that clears space for discussion to a return of Liga NOS in approximately one month.
According to news on “Jornal Record”, the next date to be approached for a return of competitions could be June 5th that offers a interesting temporal window that would allow teams to return practicing in a sense to reassure their physical criteria, at the same time that responsible bodies could prepare all the necessary protocols so matches could resume.
E se os campeonatos não forem retomados? Quem serão os campeões? 🥇🏆
— Transfermarkt.pt (@TMpt_news) March 18, 2020
Games playing at close doors as well as generalized tests by players and staff would definitely be conditions imposed in a process like this, although, like in Germany this could raise some ethical questions and some community sense that could difficult the restart of competitions.
Much of this eventual competition resume will be dependent of governmental bodies, although those have mentioned already that it starts to seem plausible to discuss this kind of subjects at a time that some of the restrictions like freedom of circulation and social interaction will start to be raised.
PORTO WAS THE TOP OF THE LEAGUE
FC Porto was leading this competition with one more point than Benfica when Liga NOS was postponed at Round 24, remaining only 10 rounds that could continue for at least two months.
Other clubs like Portimonense and Desportivo das Aves are waiting for news regarding their possibility of being despromoted, but they are certainly waiting for an opportunity that could revert their state in the last ten rounds of the league. Many more decisions should be taken next May 2nd , a time where the emergency state in Portugal should be retired, opening possibilities to some businesses, companies and events to start planning slowly their activity.