World class athlete Lionel Messi and Barcelona could be returning to the pitch in just a few weeks. And whether you argue that he or Cristiano Ronaldo is the best footballer on the planet, you’ll be happy to hear that Spain’s La Liga has received the green light to resume play very soon. The soccer…La Liga Given Green Light From Spanish Prime Minister To Resume On June 8 — NESN.com
Liga MX is calling it a season. The Mexican soccer league announced Friday it has cancelled the remainder of its 2020 Clausura season and won’t declare a champion in its men’s and women’s competitions. Liga MX was 10 rounds into the Clausura campaign, when league suspended play in mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak, and…Liga MX, Mexico Soccer League, Cancels Rest Of Clausura 2020 Season — NESN.com
La Liga will use a video analysis program to help it determine if a player is likely to have infected a teammate or opponent.La Liga to use video analysis if player tests positive for coronavirus — P.M. News
La Liga will use a video analysis program to help it determine if a player is likely to have infected a teammate or opponent.
According to a draft protocol drawn up by the league, this will be put into use if the player tests positive for the coronavirus once the season re-starts.
The protocol was sent out to clubs in Spain’s top two divisions on Monday and is an updated version of the document clubs received earlier this month.
Teams in Spain’s top two divisions began training in groups of up to 10 players from Monday.
La Liga president Javier Tebas has said he hopes the season can resume from June 12.
Tebas has said the league’s safety measures meant the chance of a player being infected during a game was “practically zero”.
If a player tests positive after a match, they will be isolated while the facility they are staying in will be cleaned and disinfected, the protocol said.
Anyone in the player’s personal circle who has recently been in contact with them will be examined.
nalysts will then use the league’s programme Mediacoach to see which other players the footballer came into contact with.
The protocol added that any player who was in close contact with the infected player for more than five minutes would be tested.
This is because studies suggest the risk of infection increases when someone is in contact with someone for over 15 minutes.
The protocol also states that:
– Players and officials will be tested 24 hours before each match and have their temperature taken when arriving at the stadium.
– Balls will be distributed around the perimeter of the pitch and will be constantly disinfected.
– Players will be ordered to disinfect their hands before and after the warm-up.
– All players and coaching staff must wear masks and gloves upon arrival at the stadium.
– There will be no pre-match handshakes.
– Managers will hold post-match news conferences via video link.
The German Bundesliga on Saturday became the first of the major European soccer leagues to make a return after the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports across the globe, but it didn’t exactly pick up where it left off. Things looked a little different because, of course, resuming the season amid COVID-19 concerns means extra precautions…German Bundesliga Returned Without Fans And It Was A Weird Scene — NESN.com
The German Bundesliga on Saturday became the first of the major European soccer leagues to make a return after the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports across the globe, but it didn’t exactly pick up where it left off. Things looked a little different because, of course, resuming the season amid COVID-19 concerns means extra precautions were taken to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Especially after a few of its players tested positive for the virus leading up to the first matchday since March. Between not having fans and social distancing efforts, the welcomed return of the Bundesliga was also a bit of a weird scene. Let’s just say, elite European soccer is just not the same without fans. Especially a league that’s normally so accessible to fans, as the Bundesliga is. Rather than the sound of chants and vuvuzelas from the crowd, you could hear echos of the players communication on the field loud and clear. Still, as tradition, after Borussia Dortmund defeated Schalke 04, its players played tribute to the “Yellow Wall,” or the would-be section of their fans behind the goal that would be there during normal times. Maybe it wasn’t the same without fans, but it sure beats nothing at all. Admittedly, rebroadcasts of games only move the needle so much. For soccer fans, there’s really nothing like posting up on the couch with a cup of coffee for a Saturday morning of futebol. And while things were different from a fan perspective, imagine being one of the players or staffers in attendance? On the bench were reserves from every team donning face masks and sitting a few feet apart from each other. And post-game media interviews weren’t your usual scrum of reporters suffocating players with their recorders. Social distancing efforts led to some pretty strange goal celebrations, too, with elbow bumps and awkward dancing. The social distancing celebration thing seemed a little strange to some fans, especially the ones being reminded that soccer is very much a contact sport. The good news is, the bizarreness continues Sunday and Monday with three more matches, so maybe we’ll get used to sports during COVID-19 times soon.
Germany soon will provide soccer-starved fans something to consume. The Bundesliga announced Thursday in a press release the German first and second divisions will resume their respective seasons May 16 with the playing of Round 26 games. Germany’s domestic league will become the first major soccer competitions to restart play, following a two-month-long hiatus due…Bundesliga To Restart May 16; Germany Soccer League Ends Hiatus First — NESN.com
Former United States vice president Joe Biden is making plans for what he’d do as president, pending he wins the 2020 election. And the potential future leader of the free world has a few ideas regarding the U.S. Soccer Federation. A federal court Friday dismissed the U.S. women’s national team’s gender-discrimination lawsuit against the Federation…Joe Biden Threatens U.S. Soccer’s World Cup Funding Over USWNT Lawsuit — NESN.com
If Sergio Aguero is correct, the Premier League must overcome a significant psychological hurdle. The Manchester City star claimed Thursday a “majority of players” are “scared” to return to action following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Having suspended play March 13, the Premier League hopes to resume its 2019-20 season but also awaits notice…Premier League Star Sergio Aguero: Most Players ‘Scared’ To Return To Action — NESN.com