Author: Josh Stewart
Last Updated: 12th September 2022
Check the latest information on how CONMEBOL, CONCACAF, AFC, CAF and OFC Leagues are dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.
South America – CONMEBOL
?? Argentina: Superliga – Canceled – Argentina was the last nation in South America to postpone all matches on March 17. According to Argentina Soccer Federation (AFA) – No teams will be relegated until at least 2022 because of the disruption created by the Covid-19, the statement affects all competitions, including Superliga. The next season is set to start in January 2021, with no promotions and relegations possible until 2022.
?? Bolivia: Primera Division – Several clubs from Primera Division expressed their interest to resume training in the middle of June and to resume the Apertura Championship around July 15. The clubs made their announcement because the Bolivian Soccer Federation (FBF) still has no plan on when to return. The clubs believe that, if they could resume Apertura in July, they will be able to complete the entire fixture on time. However, the decision on when to return or not will be determined neither by the clubs or FBF, but by the National Government authorities.
?? Brazil: Serie A & Serie B – Brazilian football could restart at the end of June, the secretary general of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) – told Reuters – even though the number of Covid-19 cases is still rising in South America’s hardest-hit nation. Brazil is currently the country with the second-highest number of confirmed cases just behind the United States. Some Brazilian teams have begun training again, with current champions Flamengo recalling players. Brazil’s state championships were suspended in March and were due to finish in April. The national were scheduled to start in May and to finish in December but Feldman acknowledged that this yer’s league season could run into 2021.
?? Chile: Primera Division – Football has been suspended in Chile since early March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. According to ANFP – The current format will remain unchanged, which will dismiss the idea of some clubs, who wanted the rest of the league competition to be decided through playoffs. ANFP releases a health protocol on how should clubs resume training activities. No clear date for league restart just yet.
?? Colombia: Primera A – Colombia Football Federation has allowed the football clubs to begin training again on June 8 with a view to restarting its professional league in mid-July or early-August.
“We are going to restart training, from June 8 with individual training” Lucena has told on local radio. “It will take at least 15 to 20 days to do all the test that we need to do in order to allow group training in July”
If the test on players are negative, the League could restart in August with all games played behind closed doors, he added.
?? Ecuador: LigaPro Serie A – The LigaPro has been suspended in mid-March during the fifth matchday. Individual training will be possible on May 28. According to the Resumption Physical Activitites protocol –group training are set to resume from June 8. Best case scenario to resume football- early-August.
?? Paraguay: Football is expected to return to Paraguay on July 15. The date was approved by Dr. Gerardo Brunstein, Chief Medical officer of the APF. Training should be allowed in mid-June. The Primera Division has been postponed since early-March after round 8, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
?? Peru: Primera Division – Both Primera Division and Segunda, could return to training in June with the air of resuming competitions in mid-July. All matches will be behind closed doors.
?? Uruguay: Primera Division – Apertura – Uruguayan Football Association plans to restart its league in early August. According to the Montevideo newspaper ‘El Obsevador’ – “The AUF (Uruguayan Football Association) will send a health security protocol to the authorities so they can evaluate the possibility of the return of football in Uruguay by August”. The expected date for league restart would be August 15, although it might be brought forward to August 1. Meanwhile, the protocol developed to resume training was approved by 13 of the 16 clubs that compete in the Primera Division tournament.
At the time of the suspension in mid-March, three rounds of Uruguayan Apertura were played: Rentistat are currently on top of the table with 3 wins from three matches, Progreso and Defensor Sporting are second and third with 5 points each.
?? Venezuela: Primera Division – Canceled – Venezuelan Football Federation (FVF) decided to end both football leagues in video conferences that took place on May 14. In order to deal with the difficult situation, the FBF will transfer resources to first and second division clubs – First Division clubs will receive an amount of $40,000 each $ 760,000 in total. While the Second Division clubs will receive $15,000 each or $315,000 in total.
North America – CONCACAF
?? USA: MLS & NWSL – Major League Soccer says it is exploring ways to resume football. According to U.S media – there is a plan to hold a tournament in Orlando, Florida, with all 26 teams, starting in June.
“We are exploring scenarios and formats for a return to match play,” said Dan Courtemanche, a spokesman for MLS. “Some of them include playing matches at one or more neutral sites”.
According to The Athletic – The planed tournament would move all 26 teams to Orlando for a World Cup-style, round-based tournament. Teams will be split into four groups, with last year’s playoff semifinalist getting the top position in three of the groups, and host Orlando City getting the top sport in the fourth. The second sport in Orlando’s group would go to either Atlanta or Toronto after the random draw, and the other team will get the top sport in the remaining group alongside LAFC and Seattle.
Participants would be regularly tested and quarantined after arriving in Orlando – ESPN reported.
NWSL – The National Women’s Soccer League is set to restart with a tourney in Utah. The plan for the nine-team league was announced on Wednesday and will continue one month, starting on June 27. Behind closed doors.
?? Canada: Championship – Cannada announces the 2020 Canadian Championship schedule. The Championship will feature 12 teams from four leagues across four rounds beginning in June 2020, the championship is scheduled to finish on 23 September 2020 with the crowning of the 2020 winner.
The Championship schedule reflects regional considerations to make sure that team travel will be minimized.
Eight teams will enter Qualifying Round 1 to play two-legged home and away matches on 16 – 26 June 2020. The Quarterfinal Round will run on 7-16 July. The Semi-Final round will take place 12-19 August with the Final Round scheduled for 16-23 September.
?? Mexico: Liga MX – Canceled– Mexican Football Federation (FMF) cancels season over Covid-19.
League officials announced earlier this month that all of the remainder men’s and women’s football season will be canceled. The league had been in discussion with the health authorities about possible league restart after it was postponed on March 15 but concluded it could not do so without putting at risk the players. No champions will be crowned.
?? Costa Rica: Primera Division – Playing – Costa Rica has become the first league in CONCACAF to restart play on May 20.
Costa Rica’s Primera Division was the first football league in North America to restart its league after the Covid-19 pandemic, joining the Nicaraguan league, which never stopped.
“After a long wait, football is finally blocking back to our homes, starting from May 20 with games scheduled on Sunday, Wednesday and Sunday until the end of the season” – said the president of the Costa Rican Federation (UNAFUT) Julian Solano in a video press conference.
?? El Salvador: Primera Division – Canceled – Officials decided to end season earlier with Once Deportivo crowned as champions.
Once Deportivo were on the top with 20 points after 11 games, just a point more than El Vencedor before the league was suspended.
“We have decided to declare Once Deportivo champion” – The president oof Salvador Football Federation (FESFUT) Hugo Carrillo has announced. “The decision of the federation may or may not be welcomed by some“.
“The decision taken is to end all football tournaments from March 20″ with their current standing.” Carrillo has added.
?? Guatemala: Liga Nacional – Canceled – The committee of the National Football Federation of Guatemala decided to terminate the Clausura 2020 Tournament – After it was impossible to restart training and to establish a date. In a virtual meeting, the Federation also decided that three will be no Champion in Clausura.
?? Honduras: Liga Nacional – Canceled – There won’t be champion or relegation.
In a virtual and unanimous meeting, the teams and the Nationa League official decided to cancel the championship earlier. The 10 Liga Nacional teams unanimously decided to end the championship because of the Covid-19 effect on the country. The directors of the National League agreed that Motagua, Marathon, and Olimpia as best ranked three in the general table will represent Honduras in the Concacaf League.
?? Jamaica: Premier League – Canceled – Jamaica top-flight football competition – Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) – was canceled after the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) called it off as a part of the effort to help and contain the Covid-19 pandemic. JFF president Micahel Ricketts made the announcement in a virtual media conference via Zoom. “The season has been canceled and declared null and Void.” he said. Next season is set to start in September 2020.
?? Nicaragua: Liga Primera – Playing – Liga Primera was one of the few leagues in the world that didn’t stop playing, despite the Covid-19 situation.
Real Esteli football club won the League after a final against Managua on May 10 with an aggregate result from both matches 4-2, in an empty stadium due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Final not only marked the end of the Nicaraguan First Division, but also made it one of the few leagues worldwide that did not have to halt due to coronavirus outbreak.
?? Panama: LPF – Apertura Canceled – The LPF teams have kept training after it was announced that the 2020 Apertura tournament was canceled, as they continue their waiting for a meeting to be held between the league representative and Ministry of Health authorities in order to determine if Clausura will be played – a best-case scenario for Clausura start late-August with possible end on November 22, it’s expected to be 90 days tournament.
ASIA – AFC
?? Australia: A-League – Football Federation of Australia (FFA) CEO James Johnson confirmed today that the Federation, the Hyundai league clubs, and Professional Footballers of Australia (PFA) have reached an agreement on a plan for A-League restart on the current season in late-June or early-July
“We are now looking forward to reaching an agreement with our broadcast partner, Fox Sport, to our schedule proposal and timings. That would be the final pice of the jigsaw and once we have it in place we can move forward quickly” Johnson said.
Johnson added” “Best case scenario middle of June will see players return to training, that will allow them to reach the required level of fitness for competitive games to take place in mid-July, as Hyundai A-League Finals are set to be completed by mid-August”.
?? Bahrain: Premier League – Football in Bahrain is expected to start in July and to end in September, individual training is allowed since mid-May.
?? Bangladesh: Premier League – Canceled – The 13 teams from Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) along with the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has decided to cancel the league on May 17. The League was halted on March 15 after just 6th round due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Following the decision to cancel the league, BPL won’t have a new champion, runners, up or relegated teams.
?? Cambodia: C-League – Although the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports has allowed the C-League to resume in June, the Cambodian Football Federation delayed it until early July. The Delay is needed to allow players from each club to be well prepared after two months of suspension due to the
?? China: Super League – CSL is expected to start in late-June or early-July.
The football league was scheduled to restart on February 22 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. All CSL matches will be held behind closed doors. No contact during goal celebrations will be allowed as well. No handshakes, group photos, or mascots. All players will be required to wear masks.
?? Chinese Taipei/Taiwan: – Playing – The Premier League is running since April 12 with the new season and was one of the few competitions in the world. All games are held behind closed doors. Most of the games are available for free on Youtube.
?? Hong Kong: Premier League – Season is set to resume in mid-August but with only 7 teams in the competition as 3 clubs decided not to participate (Pegasus, BC Ranger and Yuen Long). Despite their decision not to resume play in the competition the three teams will not be punished because of the Covid-19 pandemic and could return to the league next season. Meanwhile the reaming matches in Reserve League 1, Division 2, Division 3, and Jockey Club Women’s, Jockey Club Youth League will be canceled.
?? India: ISL, I-League – The 2019/2020 season of I-League has been ended earlier by the India Football Federation with Mohun Bagan crowned as champions.
Since the league is not fully completed, no team will be relegated. The Indian Super League was completed in time, and only the final game had to be played behind closed doors.
?? Indonesia: Liga 1 – The fate of the competition is still unclear despite the meeting between club owners and the Indonesian Football League. Football activities has been suspended in Indonesia since mid-March just after game week 3 was finished. Persic FC is leading the table with 9 points from 3 games, followed by Bali United with 7.
?? Iran: Gulf Pro League & Azadegan League – The Persian Gulf Pro League is set to restart on June 11. According to the Iranian Football Federation (F.F.I.R.I). The last round was played n February 28 before the league was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Azadegan League (Iran First Division) is set to resume on June 18.
?? Iraq: Premier League – Premier League to return to action on July 3.
The Iraqi Football Association Normalisation Committee has announced that the Iraqi premier League will restart on July 3.
“This is an important step for the good of the Iraqi football“, – The Chairperson of the Normalisation Committee Eyad Bonyan Mohammed Al-Nadawi has said.
The League was suspended on March 11 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With Al Nafit leading the standing with 11 points, one more than Quwa.
?? Japan: J League – J-League aim to restart on June 27 or July 4
The J-League in considering a plane to divide each of its three leagues into eastern and western division when league resume after the Covid-19 pandemic break.
League officials proposed the move in order to stop the spread of the Covid-19 by limiting the travel of the teams.
Following a meeting of team executive last week, J-League Chairman Mitsuru Murai said that teams would have a four to five-week period to prepare for league restart.
?? Jordan: Premier League – Best case scenario mid-July early August. Still, the Ministry of Health will have the final word on either to resume or cancel the league. The President of Al-Wehdat -Bashar Al-Hawamdeh has confirmed that clubs are committed to the decision to resume the league. – According to him clubs have proposed to resume the league in two phases, that start in July or August and end at the end of the year.
?? South Korea: K – League – Playing – The K-League 1 & 2 has returned to action on May 28. All games will be played behind closed doors. The league was scheduled to officially start on February 29 but the start was delayed because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
?? Kuwait: Premier League – Football has been suspended in Kuwait since early March due to the Covid-19 outbreak. With 4 league rounds scheduled to be played. Some top-flight clubs are willing to resume training in mid-July in order to be ready for the resumption of the league in mid-September.
?? Kyrgyzstan Republic: Premier League – Due to the extension of the state of emergency, the date that was previously set to resume the league(May 8) will be postponed until further notice. In an interview from May 27 the Executive Director of the Kyrgyz Professional Football league – Mikhail Tolkachev has said that The League is waiting for permission by the government Agencies in order to set a possible date to resume.
?? Lebanon: Premier League – Cancelled – Premier League was suspended last October due to domestic issues before the FLFA decided to suspend all football activities in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
?? Malaysia: – The Malaysian Football League (MFL) is planning to resume the Super League in September with all the remaining matches played behind closed doors.
However, MFL said in a statement that the league restart in September will depend on the COVID-19 situation and if the league is unable to resume then, the season will be called off. Because of the lack of time the home/away format for both Super League and the Premier League has been scrapped.
Teams will now play each other only once, meaning the champions of the Super League and Premier League will be decided after 11 rounds of Matches.
?? Maldives: Dhivehi Premier League – Cancelled – “As a preventive measure against the prevailing pandemic Covid-19 and for the safety of employees, player, and their families, all football activities were suspended and subsequently concluded the football season 2019/2020” – The president of Football Association of Maldives – Bassam Adeel Jaleel has said
?? Oman: Professional League – Best case scenario for League restart – mid-August.
After a remote meeting via Zoom between Football Association proposed three scenarios on how to resume the league, as the club preferred the first scenario starts in August and ends in December, the other two were refused.
?? Palestine: Pro League – Pro League to restart on June 12.
The Palestinian Football Association (PFA) has announced that the 2019/2020 season will restart on Juen 12.
Clubs will begin training on May 27, the season was postponed in mid-March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The remaining rounds of the Pro League will be played behind closed doors in three stadiums – The Houari Boumediene Stadium in Dora, the American University Stadium in Jenin and the Faisal Al-Husseini Stadium in Al Ram.
?? Philippines: PFL – Best case scenario – July. Training is set to resume in June and then the PFL can restart in July. Matches will be played without spectators and likely confined to one venue: The PFF national training center field in Carmona town, Cavite.
?? Qatar: Stars League – Top-flight league to resume on July 24. In an announcement on social media, the QFA said the 2019-20 Start League will be completed between 24 July and 26 August 2020.
Football in Qatar was suspended on March 14, following the Covid-19 pandemic. Five rounds are remaining. Al Duhail were leading the standing with 42 points, 4 more than Al Rayyan.
?? Saudi Arabia: Saudi Professional League – Saudi Football league looking at August 20 as a possible return date.
At first, the return date was set for 12 May but was, later on, moved on August 20. All games were suspended in mid-March due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Al-Hilal are on top of the table with 51 points 6 more than Al-Nassr.
?? Singapore: Premier League – The league is set to resume in mid-July.
The league was suspended on March 24 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The players will need up to six weeks of training in order to get back into competitive shape.
?? Syria: Premier League – Football league will resume today May 29
The Syrian Football Association announced the country’s top tier will resume on May 29. A Syrian FA statement said that the decision was made following “a latter from its country’s president, who agreed to the resumption of the top division behind closed doors“.
Football in the country was halted on March 14 due to the pandemic. At the time Tishreen SC were leading the table with 39 points from 16 matches.
?? Tajikistan: Vysshaya Liga – The top division had been scheduled to resume on May 10, but new coronavirus cases have led to an extension to the pause on football activities.
In a statement in the social media, the Tajikistan Football Federation said: “Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Football Federation of Tajikistan has decided to extend the pause in the national championship among major league teams and other competition for an indefinite period until further notice“.
?? Thailand: Thai League 1 – Thai League 1 To resume on September 12.
The Football Association of Thailand has announced that the country’s top-flight league, will restart on September 12, 2020, and the season will run until mid-May, 2021.
Only four rounds of matches were completed in the 2020 Thai League 1 season before it was postponed in March due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
?? Turkmenistan: Yokary Liga – Playing – Turkmenistan was one of the few countries to restart its league.
The country paused its top league in March after just three rounds as a precaution against the pandemic. The league however restarted at the weekend with stadium open to fans.
?? United Arab Emirates: UAE League – The United Arab Emirates Football Association announced that the UAE Pro League will resume in August after a talk with health authorities.
The league was suspended on March 15, with Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai leading the table with 43 points.
?? Uzbekistan: Super League – Best case scenario to resume the League – July. At the moment clubs are waiting for permission to resume training for the Special Health Commission. The League was suspended on March 10, with Pakhakor and Nasaf on top of the table with 9 points but with better goal difference than the second-placed Nasaf Qarashi.
?? Vietnam: V. League 1 – Football in Vietnam is set to resume on June 5 with a single round format.
The 2020 v.League was just into the second game of the season in mid-March before it was postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. At the end of the 13 round, the top eight teams will then play in the second phase in order to decide the league champions, while the remaining six clubs will battle to decide which one of them will be relegated. V. League 2 winner will gain automatic promotion to V.League 1 – according to the plan.
AFRICA – CAF
?? Algeria: Ligue Professionnelle 1 – No decision has been made yet on when Ligue 1 might return. According to Abdelkrim Medouar, the president of the Professional Football League (LFP) – “NO decision has been made yet of possible league resumption” – The League is suspended since mid-March due to Covid-19 outbreak. According to FAF, the rest of the 2019/2020 season of both League 1 and League 2 will be scheduled over a period of 8 weeks, as soon as the containment is lifted and after a preparation of 5 to 6 weeks – regardless of when that may be.
?? Angola: Girabola – Cancelled – The league was brought to an early end on April 30 after all 15 clubs owners voted unanimously in favor to end the season – with no promotion or relegation. Both Petro Atletico & Primeiro de Agosto – will represent Angola in CAF competitions.
?? Benin: Ligue 1 – Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the national football championship of Benin has been suspended since March 19. But in recent weeks, the government has started to ease the restrictive measures on activities. However, the date of the resumption of Ligue 1 is yet unknown. The official restart date should be known by June 15.
?? Burkina Faso: Premier League – Cancelled – Burkina Faso’s Football Federation (FBF) canceled the 2019/2020 football season because of the Covid-19 pandemic situation in the country. There will be no relegated teams or a league champion. Rahimo FC along with Salitas will represent the country in CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup.
?? Burundi: Primus League – Playing – Burundi are the only African country that is currently playing football despite the Covid-19 pandemic. League winners along with the cup winner will qualify for the 2020/21 CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup competitions – which are set to start on August 7. – Spectators are allowed.
?? Cameroon: Elite One & Elite Two – Cancelled – On May 12, 2020 the Cameroonian Football Federation (FECAFOOT) decided to cancel the Elite One, with Elite Two professional championships, along with the First Women’s Division and the National youth football league. Football in Cameroon was put on hold on Mar 17, following health measures taken by Government in order to stop Covid-19 spread. PWD Bamenda has been declared champions.
?? Republic of the Congo: Ligue 1 – Cancelled – The Congolese Football Federation (FECOFOOT) has decided to top all competition since March 17, in order to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. Uncertainty about the date of resumption of football leads to a meeting in which the Football Federation and the National League decided to cancel the remaining of the 2019/2020 season. AS Otoho were declared champions.
?? Democratic Republic of the Congo: Ligue 1 – Cancelled -TP Mazembe crowned champions by the Football Federation after the league season was called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to FECOFA – TP Mazembe along with the second best-placed team AS Vita Club will represent the country in the next CAF Champions League, while third-placed Maniema will play in the Confederation Cup.
?? Egypt: Premier League – Egypt is starting to lift the restriction following the Covid-19 pandemic, but still, no date has been fixed for league restart just yet – best case scenario late June or July.
Premier League clubs have voted yesterday 28.05 to resume contact training. “Teams are now able to train in groups, while minimizing any unnecessary close contact, as the Premier League’s priority is the health and wellbeing of all players” – Premier League officials has stated.
?? Ghana: Premier League – The Ghana FA recently met with the government officials to discuss the possible football activities return as the government plans to ease down restrictions. According to reports – The Ghana FA has proposed to continue with the rest of the season behind closed doors, a decision opposed by the majority of Premier League clubs. Ghana will announce the future of the 2019/2020 football season on June 30. After that date, it would be clear whether the season will continue or it would be canceled.
?? Ivory Coast: Ligue 1 – No clear date on possible league resume.
“As for the resumption of the championship, for the moment it won’t be discussed as long as the sanitary measures are not lifted. The Minister of Sprot has set a letter stating that all sports events will remain postponed until further notice. Having that in mind we can’t speak of possible league resumption” said the official representative of the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF)
Ligue 1 was postponed just 6 days before the end, the Racing d’Abidjan is at the top of the league with 3 points ahead of FC San Pedro and 4 more than ASEC Mimosas.
?? Kenya: Premier Division – Cancelled – Nick Mwenda the president of Kenyan FA canceled the league on April 30.
Gor Mahia crowned as champions and will be able to represent Kenya in CAF Champions League qualification rounds.
?? Madagascar: THB Champions League – In a meeting, earlier this mount clubs have come to an agreement to resume the league as soon as authorities allow. The final decision on when the league will resume will be made after a meeting scheduled for June 2.
Mali: Premiere Division – Malian Football Federation (FMF) – has announced on May 4 their intention to resume the current campaign behind closed doors .”As soon as the health situation allows”.
?? Morocco: Botola Pro – According to the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) – the Botola Pro league will resume in mid-June. Clubs will be allowed to resume group training at the end of May in order to prepare for the league start next month. Botola Pro was put on hold in Mid-March after 20 rounds following the Covid-19 outbreak, with Wydad Casablanca on top of the league with 36 points, just a point more than the second-best places Fus Rabat.
?? Nigeria: NPFL – Despite League being canceled earlier this month there are owning indications that a “Super 6” mini-tournament in Benin City as soon as the authorities allow football to return – will be held in order to resolve the 2019/2020 season. The Six teams to participate in the tournament are: Plateau United, Rivers United, Lobi Stars, Enyimba, Enugu Ranger, and Kano Pillars.
?? Senegal: Ligue 1 – The championship will continue in Senegal but in the end of the year. The executive committee of the Senegalese Football Federation has decided after a meeting that took place this Wednesday. The resumption of League 1, League 2, National 1 & 2 along with the women’s football (Division 1 and 2) will be postponed until November 2020 – according to the officials. Both Ligue 1 & Ligue will have to be concluded before December 31 of the same year, via play-offs.
?? South Africa: Premier League – The league has been suspended since mid-March. SAFA and PSL will discuss the task team report on possible football return this Monday. The football could return behind closed doors but that will depend on the report. PSL will hope to be able to restart its league on mid-June.
?? Togo: Championnat National – Cancelled – After a meeting on Monday, May 25 the executive committee of the Togolese Football Federation (FTF) decided to cancel the national championship season 2019/2020 – Asko crowned champions of Championnat National. Asko will represent the country in the African Champions League Qualification rounds, while Unisport will play in CAF Cup.
?? Tunisia: Ligue Professionnelle 1 – Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) has announced on Wednesday that football championship will resume its season, in August behind closed doors. Ligue Professionnelle 1 was suspended in March due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Group training will be allowed to start in June – According to FTF. No relegation will take place this season with Korki and Marantha will save their places in the first division. The next season will, therefore, be increased from 14 to 16 teams.
?? Uganda: Premier League – Cancelled – Vipers SC are the 2019/2020 Uganda Premier League champions after Fufa applied the 75 percent rule to end the season.
The decision announced by FUFA president Moses Magogo on Wednesday was forced by the continued uncertainly due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Vipers were leading the standing with a total of 54 points, 4 more than the second Kampala City with five more rounds left to go.
With 83 percent of the games completed – Vipers are now champions for the fourth time, and bottom sides Proline, Tooro United, and Maroons are related.
Vipers will represent Uganda in next year’s season of CAF Champions League but according to Magogo, Fufa will continue monitoring the situation to see if the Uganda Cup can be completed in order to decide who will represent the country in the CAF Cup.
?? Zambia: Super League -Zambia League set to restart in late-June.
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) -has announced earlier this month, still, the decision needs to be approved by the health authorities in the country.
” We want the champion to come out of the pitch, rather than a boardroom decision” – FAZ President Andrew Kamanga has told BBC Africa.
Oceania – OFC
?? New Zealand: Football Championship – Cancelled – The 2019/2020 Football Championship has been concluded after 18 rounds were played, out of concerns for team and community safety due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Auckland City, who lead the table with 37 points, have been declared champions and will represent New Zealand in the OFC Champions League next season, along with second-places Wellington.