Coronavirus: When Will Football Leagues Start Playing Again?

During March 2020, the COVID-19 coronavirus forced most football leagues around the world to suspend their fixtures.

It goes without saying that this was absolutely the right thing to do, in order to save as many lives as possible, but when can we expect to see football being played again in our favourite leagues?

At Goal Profits, our Team Stats software covers 79 worldwide leagues. We track everything from the English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A and Spanish La Liga right down to much smaller league competitions which play over the summer months.

It's not always easy to find the latest information for smaller leagues, but we have members all over the world sending local news. On this page, we will share what we know and regularly update the information as it comes in.

We hope that the world can return to some sort of normality in the near future. In the meantime, stay safe!


Active Leagues

Belarus - Did not suspend

South Korea - Started on 8th May

Germany - Restarted on 16th May

Czech Republic - Restarted on 23rd May

Hungary - Restarted on 23rd May​

Denmark - Restarted on 28th May

Poland - Restarted on 29th May

Serbia - Restarted on 29th May

Israel - Restarted on 30th May

Lithuania - Restarted on 30th May

Ukraine - Restarted on 30th May

Austria - Restarted on 2nd June


Confirmed Start Dates

Portugal - "The championship will restart on 3 June with Portimonense against Gil Vicente and Famalicao hosting leaders Porto - link

Bulgaria - "Bulgaria's football league will resume on June 5, the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) decided Thursday, with clubs allowed to start training as early as mid-May" - link

Croatia - "The first division will resume on 6 June" - link

Greece - "Greek Super League play-offs to officially begin on 6 June" - link

Spain - "La Liga to resume on 11 June, says Spanish league's president Javier Tebas" - link

Turkey - "The president of the Turkish Football Federation (TFF), Nihat Ozdemir, has announced that the Turkish Super Lig will resume play on June 12" - link

Iceland - "The Pepsi Max men's division begins on June 14" - link

Sweden - "The Swedish Government and the Public Health Authority today gave the go-ahead for Allsvenskan and Superettan to start according to plan on June 14" - link

Norway - "Further north, in Norway, professional sports are also being allowed to restart. Football leagues will resume fixtures from June 16" - link

England - "Premier League set to restart on 17 June with Man City v Arsenal and Villa v Sheff Utd" - link

Switzerland - "The Swiss Football League will resume from June 19 with matches taking place behind closed doors" - link

Italy - "Serie A gets green light to return on June 20 following coronavirus suspension" - link

England - "The Championship season is set to resume on 20 June" - link

Russia - "The RPL (the Russian Premier League) Executive Board made a decision last Friday to resume matches of the Russian Football Championship on June 21" - link

Finland - "The Finnish authorities confirmed what was already planned, that the 2020 season will finally start on 1st July in the Nordic country" - link


Proposed Start Dates

Romania - "The FRF hopes to resume the domestic top flight on June 13 but the decision needs government approval" - link

Ireland - "League of Ireland players begin pilot Covid-19 testing programme as return to football preparations ramp up" - link

Singapore - "The Singapore Premier League (SPL) should only restart in mid-July at the earliest, at least six weeks after the circuit breaker period ends on June 1" - link

Japan - "As it stands now, I don't know if it will be June or July, but we are preparing in the belief that play will resume" link

China - "The CSL has ambitions of launching the season in late June or early July, and Chinese football authorities have drawn up detailed plans to keep players and fans safe" - link

Australia - "Football Federation Australia is working with clubs on a restart date, when all teams will assemble in one hub to finish the regular season and finals" - link

United States - "MLS hopes to bring all 26 teams to Orlando in early June, allow them to train for several weeks and then hold a tournament starting around July 3. Players would effectively be quarantined for about two months" - link

Colombia - "Professional football in Colombia could begin behind closed doors in August or September if other countries have success in restarting their own leagues" - link


Suspended Leagues

UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues - "Uefa president Aleksander Cerefin says it has a "concrete plan" for finishing the European season in August" - link

England - "League Two clubs vote to end season, but League One teams fail to decide" - link

Brazil - "Brazil could become the first South American country where football returns" - link

Peru - "We have accepted the request of the FPF (Peruvian Football Federation) to allow professional clubs to return to training and, further down the track, to start playing again" - link


Cancelled Leagues

France - "The French prime minister, Edouard Philippe, has announced there will be no professional football in the country until at least September and the 2019-20 season in Ligue 1 and 2 will therefore end immediately" - link

Netherlands - "The Eredivisie - the top tier of football in the Netherlands - has been abandoned for the season with no title winners and no teams relegated" - link

Belgium - "Club Bruges have been declared Belgian champions after the country's Pro League confirmed last month's decision to bring the season to a premature halt because of coronavirus" - link

Scotland - "Celtic have been confirmed as Scottish champions for the ninth season in a row and Hearts have been relegated after the SPFL ended the season" - link

England - "National League clubs have voted to end the regular season at its current point, with promotion and relegation outcomes "under careful consideration" - link

Argentina - "Argentine Football Association (AFA) president Claudio Tapia said the remainder of the domestic season will be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic" - link

Mexico - "Liga MX has announced that it has cancelled the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic" - link


Breaking News!

If you spot any news about football leagues resuming, please send us the link and we'll update this page.


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