Spain eyes to restart professional football competitions in June

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Raring to back to the football field, the LaLiga clubs will be returning to training this week following the approval of the Spanish Ministry of Health for the return of sports training sessions.

Ensuring that the planned Return to Training Protocol that LaLiga has drawn up will not create any problem, a consultation with medical experts, professional players from LaLiga Santander, and LaLiga SmartBank – the first and second divisions of professional football in Spain – will start training alone following medical tests carried out by club staff.

With the return to training has been planned by LaLiga with measures that have been agreed with the relevant sports and health authorities in order to guarantee as much safety as possible for the health of all those involved, this would pave way for a worry-free and no health will be compromised during the practice as well as the competition proper. 

All the measures cover a period of approximately four weeks with different phases that, in any case, will be subject to the de-escalation process established by the government. Thus, together with the medical tests carried out by clubs, a staggering return to training has been implemented that will start with players training alone and end with group activities prior to the return to competition, scheduled for June.

Professional footballers returning to work will go hand in hand with the recovery of a very significant economic sector that accounts for 1.37% of Spain’s GDP and creates 185,000 jobs. This is at a time when the country’s economic situation is now the main concern, precipitated by the health crisis.

In the statement sent by La Liga President Javier Tebas, he said, “This crisis has had a profound impact on all of us. The return of football is a sign that society is progressing towards the new normal. It will also bring back an element of life that people in Spain and around the world know and love.”

“People’s health is paramount, so we have a comprehensive protocol to safeguard the health of everyone involved as we work to restart LaLiga. Circumstances are unprecedented, but we hope to start playing again in June and finish our 19/20 season this summer,” the La Liga President concluded.