Coronavirus: Top Football Leagues That Have Started or Plan to Resume Despite COVID-19 Pandemic
As Coronavirus continues to spread across the world, football fans have a reason to smile in the midst of the pandemic since some top football league competitions have started while others are planning to restart soon. Soccer competitions had just turned into Electronic Leagues (eSoccer) and Simulated Reality Leagues (SRL). However, some top leagues that are set to resume and include; English Premier League, Poland Ekstraklasa, Serbia Superliga, Hungary NB I, Germany Bundesliga, Faroe Islands Premier League, and others.
On the flip side, some leagues such as Belarus Vysshaya League, Belarus Reserve league, Nicaragua Primera Division, and Nicaragua U20 Division never stopped raising concerns. For them, football action had to continue despite the looming spread of the virus. However, China League, Japan J league, South Korea K League, and many others that were meant to start, never started at all. Although, the South Korea league has already commenced with the first match played on May 9.
Poland Ekstraklasa is set to restart on Friday, 29th of May 2020 with the first match being Slask Wroclaw playing Rakow Czestochowa at Stadion Miejski, Wroclaw, Poland at 19000hrs. Later the same day at 2100hrs, Pogon Szczecin will play Zaglebie Lubin. Other matches that will follow the suit on Saturday includes; LKS Lodz versus Gornik Zabrze, Piast Gliwice versus Wisla Krakow, Lech Poznan versus Legia Warszawa. On 31st, Cracovia is set to play Jagiellonia Bialystok while Wisla Plock face off Korona Kielce.
The English Premier League has been shown green light to resume match play as from June 1st. This is after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced his plans to restart the economy and ease lockdown restrictions in England. All the matches are set to play behind closed doors at neutral venues already drawn
Faroe Islands Premier League has already started with top opening matches being played on Saturday 9th May. Havnar Boltfelag registred its first home win against EB/Streymur in their opening match yesterday. NSI Runavik also won their opening match against Tvoroyrar Boltfelag. Skala IF lost to Itrottarfelag Fuglafjaroar in another match, B36 Torshavn secured 2 goals to Nil against Klaksvikar Itrottarfelag while Argja Boltfelag had a barren draw versus Vikingur Gota. The fixture is set to continue next weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
On the other hand, Serbia Superliga is set to resume on May 30 with opening matches in the planned fixtures having FK Indija play FK Spartak Subotica at their home Stadium, FK Partizan will welcome FK Mladost Lucani, FK Rad Beograd set to play FK Crvena Zvezda, FK Radnik Surdulica hosts FK Proleter Novi Sad, FK Vojvodina face-off with FK Cukaricki, Javor Ivanjica travel to play TSC Backa Topola, FK Macva Sabac clashes out with FK Vozdovac and FK Napredak Krusevac to play FK Radnicki Nis later at 1900hrs.
There is still uncertainty in some countries amid COVID-19 hence the exact date for football league resumption is still unknown. This includes Italy Serie A, English Premier League, Spanish LaLiga, Turkey Super Lig, Norway Eliteserien, Sweden Allsvenskan, and many others. The only thing most players have resorted to doing at the moment is playing video games such as FIFA while others are doing training in restricted areas.