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What's happening with football around the world? Planned returns, suspensions...

Certain nations have just cancelled their seasons (Argentina, Holland, France) with many planning a return under a cloud of uncertainty.

Ligas canceladas (Holanda, Argentina, Bélgica, Francia), algunas con fecha de inicio como en Polonia y otras muchas repletas de incertidumbre.
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The Covid-19 pandemic has put a halt to major domestic football leagues in virtually every corner of the planet with most activity drawing to a close in March.

With certain countries now planning lockdown restrictions, a number of leagues are working towards a return to activity.

Argentina: SuperLiga season cancelled by the AFA.

Belgium: Season cancelled.

Belarus: The season commenced in March with top flight games currently being played with fans present.

Brazil: The CBF are hoping to resume activity at the end of May but much depends with the virus still highly active with new infections still on the increase.

Czech Republic: With the Czech government easing lockdown restrictions, 25 May has been identified as the ideal return date but a vote among member clubs will dictate if the activity commences again or the season is cancelled.

China: The CSL was expected to start around the end of April but has been postponed with a meeting next week expected to offer new information.

Croatia: Clubs are now training with a maximum of five players per group with possible restart dates of 15 May or 1 June earmarked.

England: 8 June suggested as a possible start date for behind closed doors games with a meeting on 1 May set to ratify the proposal.

France: Season cancelled.

Germany: The bulk of Bundesliga 1 and 2 sides have been in training for a number of weeks and closed doors games could return on 9 or 16 May with the German government said to have the last word.

Bayern Munich TrainingSoccer Football - Bayern Munich Training - Saebener Strasse, Munich, Germany - April 24, 2020 Bayern Munich's Ivan Perisic with teammates during training despite most sport being cancelled around the world as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID19) continues REUTERS/Andreas Gebert

Holland: Season cancelled.

Italy: A return to training for Serie A sides is pencilled for 18 May but still no projected return date for competitive games exists.

Japan: A new spike in coronavirus cases in Japan provoked a setback for plans for a return ton action for the J-League. A return for games has been suggested as being feasible in the second week of June.

Portugal: The Portuguese government will decide today (30 April) if the current first and second division season should recommence with many players back in training, albeit working in small groups.

Poland: Competitive games scheduled to commence again on 29 May.

Nicaragua: The top flight season has carried on during the pandemic.

Russia: Looking possible that the government will intervene and draw a line under the season.

Sweden: The start of the domestic campaign is planned for 14 June.

Switzerland: Players expected to return o training with their respective clubs at the beginning of May with no date confirmed as to when the season will resume.

Turkey: The domestic campaign is hoping to resume competition mid June.

USA: All football on hold in the country with the highest number of positive cases globally. MLS are exploring playing a reduced season but at present no return date in the pipeline.