European soccer leagues are trying to forge the best path forward amid the COVID-19 crisis. Many have put their decisions on hold, preferring to operate in limbo and wait for a clearer picture of what the world will look like in the near future.
Even when leagues do make decisions on the status of the season, their outlook may change as the situation changes. Above all, national leagues want to be able to finish out their seasons. As such, Germany’s Bundesliga is cautiously planning a return to play in empty stadiums as early as May 8.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Italian teams should expect a return to training on May 18, with games expected in June and July. Spanish sporting authorities are hoping a return to play in the summer.
With the situation up in the air across Europe, the Netherlands sought to take decisive action by cancelling the season entirely. But even that decision, seemingly final, may be forced to change, as multiple Dutch clubs have threatened to take legal action to preserve the season amid hopes they will qualify for Europe-wide competitions or be promoted to the top flight.
source: New York Times