La Liga has announced that this week, Spain’s footballers are going back to work, the first step in a month-long path towards returning to competition. The hope is that games in the First and Second Divisions could start in mid-June.
It’s not yet clear how rivalry will be handled in the third tier down, with a plan currently in place to play only a series of condensed play-offs featuring the top four instead of any regular-season games.
Players on Spain’s top two football flights will return to training this week hoping that the leagues will resume in June. Initially, they will practice individually but at a later date, they will introduce a “staggered return to training” with players practicing together.
The United Kingdom’s Premier League hopes to resume on June 8 but there is a dispute between the clubs about how to proceed. In Germany, teams trained in groups before a planned return to team training. The German league may start again on 16 or 23 May. The top leagues in France and the Netherlands have already decided not to restart.
The step follows consultations and agreement with the health authorities and the sports minister and is in line with the government’s own four-phase strategy to lift the state of emergency imposed by the coronavirus crisis on 12 March. Each process would have to be approved by the government and depends on a downward trend continuing on the figures relating to the disease.