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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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