Mark your calendars. The 2019-20 La Liga season will end its hiatus and resume play on June 11, Spain’s National Sports Council and league president Javier Tebas confirmed on Friday. Spain’s top flight soccer league was suspended indefinitely due to the ongoing threat of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) since March 12. The first game on the slate will feature the Seville Derby between Real Betis and Sevilla.
La Liga teams have played 27 games so far, with each team having 11 games remaining to complete the campaign. Barcelona, led by Lionel Messi, currently sits in first place with 58 points, two points ahead of Real Madrid. La Liga is planning on holding at least one match per day for over a month in order to help facilitate the need to quickly end the season, according to ESPN. Each team will be required at least 72 hours of rest between games, per the report.
There’s a good chance La Liga will use Germany’s Bundesliga as a template for its games, likely without any fans in attendance and with strict protocols in order to ensure safety for all those involved. Whether or not fans will be allowed remains to be seen. That has not yet been confirmed by the league or Spanish authorities. Teams in La Liga began group training over the last week. At the start of June, teams will be permitted to train in full.
Spain has been one of the worst-hit European countries by the virus. In April, Tebas stressed the importance of La Liga returning due to the economic impact of having the season called off.
“If we are looking at the economic impact, including the money we would get from European competitions, the revenue Spanish clubs would miss out on if we don’t get back playing again is €1 billion. If we do get playing but without spectators, it would be 300 million,”. “Even if we get back to playing with spectators, the damage this situation has already caused would be €150 million.”
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