Bundesliga teams will be back in action from the 16th of May after an update from the German government. The situation remains delicate around the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This means the proposed date of May 9th for football’s return in Germany didn't happen, but under strict rules, the sport has been giving the go-ahead to return.
A Delayed Restart for the Bundesliga
Clubs including Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund had returned to training in the hope of restarting the season next Saturday. However, a rise in reported cases as the country begins to ease its lockdown measures means a delay is required.
A meeting is planned for Wednesday 6th May between Angela Merkel’s staff to assess the situation again. There is also the possibility that a two-week delay is required. Regardless of the timeline, government sign off is required before the action can begin after being suspended on March 13th.
Under the current proposals, teams in the top two divisions of German football will be required to submit Coronavirus tests for their players prior to any restart. Social distancing measures would stay in place for some elements of the leagues’ return. Games will be played behind closed doors with minimum staff and media in attendance. A full breakdown of the plan is available here.
Premier League and Serie A Aiming for a Return
Italy’s top-flight teams can return to individual training on May 4th with group sessions planned to get underway two weeks later. There’s a similar situation in England with clubs including Arsenal and Sheffield United welcoming players back to individual training at their respective bases.
“Project Restart” as it has been dubbed proposes that the English top tier is back in action on June 8th. The aim is to complete the season, albeit with a significant delay. The UK’s lockdown rules remain in place in their current form until at least May 7th when they are up for review again by the government. Amongst the ideas involved in the project is that remaining matches are broadcast “Free to Air”, meaning fans can tune in without the need to subscribe to Sky or BT Sport as usual.
Those plans aren’t echoed across Europe though. Several countries have already taken measures to bring their respective football seasons to a close. The Dutch authorities and those in France and Belgium have indicated that their campaigns can’t be finished and are therefore concluded.
Bundesliga Still Likely To Return First
The Bundesliga is the first top-flight European division to return to action. Games will kick-off on Saturday 16th May giving football fans something to look forward to. That's just a week after Serie A sides can get back to group training. It's also two weeks before the Premier League's proposed return.
Bundesliga Return – Frequently Asked Questions
✅ Q. When will the Bundesliga be back?
A. The 16th of May 2020.
🥇 Q. Who is currently top of the Bundesliga?
A. Bayern Munich are in first place. They have a four-point lead over Borussia Dortmund and are five ahead of RB Leipzig.
⚽ Q. Is there a deadline for the football season?
A. UEFA has requested that leagues submit their plans by May 25th and conclude their seasons by August 2nd, 2020.