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Football Restart Dates After The Coronavirus Around Europe (With Map)

Friday, 15th May, 2020

Who else is missing football? We all are!

It seems like we’ve been without football for such a long time, in fact it’s true, we have. Of course in times such as this, health is absolutely the most important thing. More or less everything, including football, has to take a back seat.

But it has to, and will resume some time. Across Europe everyone has a different idea, and some leagues are restarting, some have been cancelled while others only have an estimated return, with others being postponed indefinitely.

Here’s a run down of all the leagues in Europe, and when they’re planning to restart.

Germany – Bundesliga Resumes On 16th May

If you’re a fan of German football then you’re in luck, the Bundesliga is planning on restarting this weekend. It’s all set to kick off on Saturday 16th May, i.e. tomorrow. Games are set to be played behind closed doors.

You can bet that the rest of football will be watching, not only to see the games, but to see how it all pans out.

English Premier League

There seems to be big discussions around the Premier League and a restart after coronavirus, with so many opinions being shared. When will the restart date be? Will it be safe? Should games be played at neutral grounds? What happens if the league is cancelled? Will there be relegation?

We’re weeks into the talks, and it seems like nothing is sorted out with the Premier League. It appears that the league are aiming for a return to action around 12th June, although that could all change.

La Liga

Spain’s La Liga has resumed limited training, with extra precautions being put in place, with players training on their own. Spain too has an unofficial start date of either 12th or 19th June.

Serie A

Italy was once the epicentre of the coronavirus, so a caution return to Serie A is to be expected. Serie A are planning on returning on 13th June, subject to government approval.

Primeira Liga (Portugal)

The Primeira Liga in Portugal is planning a return back to action on 4th June after the break for the coronavirus.

European Football Leagues And Their Restart Dates

Official Planned Restart / Currently Playing

  • Belurus – Currently Playing
  • Bundesliga Germany – 16th May
  • Portugal – 4th June
  • Albania – 3rd June
  • Austria – 29th May
  • Bulgaria – 5th or 12th June
  • Croatia – 30th May
  • Denmark – 28th May
  • Finland – 17th June
  • Hungary – 23rd May
  • Ireland – 13th June
  • Israel – 30th May
  • Montenegro – 1st June
  • Norway – 16th June
  • Poland – 29th May
  • Czech Republic – 23rd May
  • Serbia – 30th May
  • Turkey – 12th June

Unofficial/Unconfirmed Planned Restart

  • England Premier League – 12th June
  • Spain La Liga – 12th or 19th June
  • Italy Serie A – 13th June
  • Greece – 14th June
  • Lithuania – 30th May
  • Slovakia – 6th June
  • Slovenia – 6th June
  • Sweden – 14th June
  • Switzerland – 8th June
  • Ukraine – 30th May

Unknown Or Unplanned Restart Date (If Any)

  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland
  • Wales
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bosnia
  • Cyprus
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • San Marino

Cancelled Leagues

  • France
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium

Please note that these dates were correct at time of writing, and are very likely to change.

Where Do We Go From Here?

There’s still so many questions to be answered, no matter if and when the leagues are restarted. For one, there’s the cup competitions. In England, we still have the FA Cup to play, with the quarter final draw already being made, but no matches played as of yet.

Spain has it’s Copa Del Rey final to play, and it’s a huge one! Basque neighbours Real Sociedad were scheduled to play rivals Athletic Bilbao which would have been a massive game for the region. This has now been postponed.

Then there’s the jewel in the crown for UEFA, and the competition Europe’s elite love, the Champions League. That has even more uncertainty, given that teams would have to fly to and from cities around Europe to play their games.

With a lot undecided in each nations own leagues, not to mention flight bans and restrictions, who knows when the Champions League and Europa League will be back.

Michael Adams

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Michael Adams is the founder and editor of Michael 84, blogger from Newcastle, UK. Sharing men's fashion tips, style advice and lifestyle information for all guys.

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