When will European Football Leagues Return – Latest Information

Published: 27th May 2020
Author: Josh Stewart
Last Updated: 12th September 2022
European Football Leagues Return Dates

If you are looking for updates on all European Football Leagues and when they are scheduled to return we have all the latest information available below.

?? Albania: Superliga – After a meeting between the football federation and Superliga clubs representative it was decided that the league will officially resume on June 6 and will end on July 29th, 2020. The Albanian Cup final is set to take place on August 2. 

Albania 1st League is set to return on June 7, with the competition going on until August 2 – playoff matches are scheduled for August 5 and 6.

Albania 2nd League the championship will resume on June 7, as well as 1 League. The 2 League is expected to end on July 15, and then playoffs will be played.

After a meeting between the AFF (Albanian Football League) and youth Academies that took place on 25.05.2020 it was decided that U-15, U-17, and U-19 competitions will start on June 14, 2020.

?? Andorra: Representatives of the Andorra Football Federation (FAF) will meet on June 1 with Government officials to clarify the possible return of football and the approval of a protocol on how to proceed.
According to the protocol in early June small group training up to 5 people should begin. The next phase would be to allow group training on June 11. The last phase is to resume the competition on June 22.

?? Armenia: Playing –  Premier League was resumed on May 23,  First League will follow on May 30 –  According to the FFA official website. Moreover, each team will be allowed to make up to 5 substitutions to prevent possible injures of the players because of the break due to the coronavirus.
The matches of the first round on both leagues will be held without spectators, in the future taking into account the situation with the Covid-19 in the country the restriction will be discussed. The FFA reserves the right to make changes to the schedule at any time, based on the current situation in the country.

?? Austria: Bundesliga will officially resume on June 2 and 2. Liga on June 5 both leagues will hold matches every three/four days to catch up with the schedule because of the coronavirus pandemic, the League’s chief executive Christian Ebenbauer said on Wednesday May 13.
The government gave a green light for the league to resume without spectators after a meeting with clubs it was decided that the league will restart four days after the Austrian Cup Final – May 29.
All amateur leagues (From the 3rd tier downward) are canceled and will restart next season.

?? Azerbaijan: Premier League & First Division – Sports events in Azerbaijan may be resumed after June 1 – according to Ramin Bayramli. Asked when the football championship will be resumed if sports competitions are allowed from June 1, the PFL official said: “We will have to discuss the possible dates with the clubs”. Best case scenario for resuming the football leagues mid – June, early – July. 

?? Belarus: Premier League & 1. DivisionPlaying – Belarus was the only country in Europe that didn’t postpone their football leagues amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The football federation of Belarus postponed just a few games due to suspected Covid-19 cases.

?? Belgium: Jupiler League & First Division – Pro League was the first bigger league in Europe that decided to cancel the rest of its season. Club Brugge were declared champions on May 15. The officials voted to confirm the standing after 29 rounds as the final outcome of the season – Pro league statement said. 2nd team in the league Gent will compete in the preliminary rounds of Champions League while Charleroi, Antwerp, and Standart Liege will compete in Europa League.
Next Jupiler League season is set to start on August 7. The Croky Cup Final is set to take place before the start of the new season.
The final First Division game for promotion in Jupiler League between OH Leuven and Beerschot-Wilrijk is set to take place on 1 of August in Leuven, under strict health and safety regulation.

?? Bosnia and Herzegovina: Premier League – Premier League teams were allowed to resume training from 18.05.2020. All sports activities are banned until June 8. Still nothing official about whether the competition will restart or not. Best case scenario mid-June.

?? Bulgaria: First Professional Football & Second League – Official: Bulgarian A Group will restart on June 5 and is set to finish on July 17 – According to BFU (Bulgarian Football Union). Next season is scheduled to start on July 25. Cup semi-finals games: Lokomotiv Plovdiv v Levski June 9 and Botev Plovdiv v CSKA on June 10. CUP Final is set to take place on July 1.
Second League is canceled after 22 rounds with the current table standing as final. CSKA 1948 will play in First professional division next season. Septemvri Sofia (2nd) and Montana (3rd) in the final table will have to play with the 12 and 13 placed teams from First league to win a promotion.

?? Croatia: 1. HNL & 2. HNL – Football in Croatia will officially return on May 30 with Croatian Cup semifinals. While the 1. HNL league is scheduled to start on June 5.
2. HNL – will not continue and the current table is declared final.
There won’t be relegation this season. The dates for the first division qualifying matches will be announced in a few weeks.

?? Cyprus: First Divison – Cyprus Football Federation (CFA) has called off the season. The confirmation came after a vote 18 clubs voted in favor of canceling the season and two voted against it (Anorthodsi and AEK Larnaca). First Division will be increased from 12 to 14 clubs next season. While there won’t be a champion or a Cup winner this season – the standing will decide who will play in Europe. This means that Omonia will play in Champions League while Anorthosis Famagusta, APOEL Nicosia and Apollon Limassol will compete in Europa League.

?? Czech Republic: 1.Liga & Diviso 2 – Playing –  Football in the Czech Republic was officially restarted on May 23.05 with round 23 game between Teplice and Liberec. Division 2 was resumed on May 25. All players were tested before the official start. All professional athletes were able to return to outdoor training in small groups since April 20. All games were called off on March 12 after the stage of emergency was declared.

?? Denmark: SuperLiga &  – 1st Division – The Danish League Association (DLA) announced that SuperLiga will return on May 28. The 1st Division is set to resume the next day May 29.  Both leagues will play their matches in empty stadiums. League Europa playoffs are scheduled for late July.

??????? England: Premier League & Championship – Premier League clubs agree to resume contact training. After unanimously vote between Premier League clubs it was decided that clubs are allowed to “train as a group and engage in tackling while trying to minimizing unnecessary close contacts”.
The next phase will be to resume the season, best case scenario June 19. The Premier League was put on hold in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Championship: Clubs are aiming a return on June 20 and to finish the season on July 18,  as they have agreed to rush through the rest of the season before player’s contract expire on July 31.
League One: Clubs have failed to come to an agreement on how should the season end.
League Two: Clubs voted to end the season but hold play-offs.
Non-League: Nationa Leagues clubs have voted to end the season at its current point and to cancel the remaining fixtures.

?? Estonia: Meistriliiga & Esiliiga A – Playing. Meistriliiga restarted on May 19 without spectators According to the officials up to 1000 fans might be allowed to attend matches from July 1. Esiliiga A restarted on May 24. 

?? Faroe Islands: Premier LeaguePlaying. Resumed on May 9 with games played in empty stadiums. The first European country to restart football, after the COVID-19 pandemic.

?? Finland: Veikkausliiga is set to restart on July 1 and it’s expected to finish by November 21. Finish Cup will continue on June 16.

?? France: Ligue 1 & Ligue 2 – France banned all sports events, including behind closed doors, until September. As a result, Ligue 1 & Ligue 2 were canceled. Paris St Germain crowned Champions. Marseille and Rennes along PSG are set to play in Champions League next season. While bottom clubs from Ligue 1 SC Amiens and Toulouse are relegated and will be replaced by Lens and Lorient. Olympique Lyonnais said that they would claim damages after they were denied a European spot.

?? Georgia: Erovnuli Liga – No official restart date just yet. Best case scenario mid-June/July.  Lokomotiv, Dinamo Tbilisi, and Dinamo Batumi have recently returned to training in small groups.

?? Germany: Bundesliga 1 & 2 – Playing – Bundesliga returned earlier this month in front of empty stands. The German Cup semi-finals will be played on June 9 (Saarbrucken v Bayer Leverkusen) and (Bayern Munich v Eintracht Frankfurt) on June 10, with the Final scheduled for July 4. Both Leagues are allowed to use up to 5 substitutes.

?? Gibraltar: Premier Division – The Gibraltar FA confined that season the 2019/2020 domestic season has been terminated. European club competitions place go to 1. Uefa Champions League – Europe (Ranked 1st in the League). 2. Uefa Europa League – St Joseph (Ranked 2nd in the League) and 3. Uefa Europa League – Lincoln Red Imps (Ranked 3rd in the League). 

?? Greece:  Super League – Official – Super League to return on June 6-7 with playoffs and playouts. All Super League clubs are currently allowed to train in full groups at their bases. Olympiacos, PAOK, AEK, Panathinaikos, OFI, and Aris qualified for the championship playoffs, while Atromitos, Larissa, Asteras Tripolis, Lamia, Volos, Xanthi, Panetolikos and Panionios will have to secure their spot in the Super League.  Reports have stated that the Super League season is set to be completed till July 19.

?? Hungary: NB 1 – Playing – Football in Hungary was officially restarted on May 23 with NB 1 League game –  Ferencvarosi v Debreceni, later that day FA CUP followed with two games. Hungarian Cup Final is set for June 3. Liga NB2 will not be resumed, the remaining matches of the tournament will not be held. The current table status of the league is final. There will be no champions, relegations, or promotions. Liga NB 3 won’t be resumed as well – same as Liga NB 2 no champions, relegations or promotions will take place.

?? Iceland: Úrvalsdeild, First Division & CUP Games – The football in Iceland is set to start with CUP games on June 5.  The top-flight season is scheduled to begin on June 13 with Valur v KR game. First Division is set to start on June 19 with a total of 3 games. Both Leagues are set to finish in October.

?? Israel: Liga ha’Al & Liga Leumit – Official date to restart league is set for May 30. Training without restriction is allowed from May 10. Since May 10 all top league players will be in isolation until the end of the league season. During this time, players will be allowed to leave their homes only for training and matches. Liga Leumit is set to resume on June 1.

?? Italy: Serie A & Serie B – Best case scenario mid-June.
May 28 is the day when we will know if the league will resume” – Vincenzo Spadafora has told on Rai this Tuesday.
Team training has been allowed since May 18. Italian football federation (FIGC) has set August 20 as the deadline for finishing the season, next season is scheduled to start on September 1. The 2019/2020 season has been postponed since mid-March because of the Covid-19 pandemic. There are still 12 rounds of matches remaining in Serie A since the pause in Game Week 27, while Serie B – 10.

?? Kazakhstan: Premier League – Most optimistic date – June. In order to finish on time, the PFLK Administration proposed to reduce the number of matches in the 2020 Championship in order to be able to finish till November. CUP games will be affected as well with one match in each stage. CUP final is scheduled for November 21. Three possible scenarios for League restart: 1. From June 10 until October 25. 2. From June 25 until November 8 3. From July 1 until November 22.

?? Kosovo: Super League – The Football Federation of Kosovo has decided to early end all football leagues, except for the Kosovo Super League. Besa and Arberia are expected to join the Super League next season, while there will be no relegation from the First League. The 12-team Super League was suspended in mid-March, and it’s expected to resume on June 7, while Cup semi-finals are scheduled for June 2 and June 3.

?? Latvia: Virsliga Latvian Football Federation (LFF) has presented a proposal to health authorities outlining plans for the start of the season no later than June 15. Outdoor training is allowed but under strict restrictions.

?? Lithuania: A Lyga – Is officially set to start on May 30. Games are set to be held without fans, but the league intends to see government permission to fill 10 % of stadium capacity by June 1.

?? Luxembourg: National Division – All football competitions in the country are abandoned. National Division will have no champion or relegated teams. This means that Fola Esch will represent Luxembourg in Champions League Qualifiers. While Niedercorn and Differdange 03 will compete in Europa League.

?? Malta: Premier League – Canceled. Malta Football Association executive committee has ended the 2019/020 BOV Premier League and the FA Trophy after the health authorities could not guarantee that the restriction of football would be lifted next month. Floriana were declared the new Malta football champions following a vote by the MFA council this Monday. Floriana had been leading the league table, three points ahead of Valletta.
The vote result was 48 votes in favor and  18 against.
There will be no relations this season, Tarxien Rainbows will also retain their spot in Premier League despite their relegation earlier this season after they managed to win only 4 points from 20 matches.

?? Moldova: National Division – No Clear date for possible league restart just yet. The Public Health Commission extended the ban on team training while removing restrictions on other activities.

?? Montenegro: First League & Second League – On May 25th the FAM (Football Association of Montenegro) announced the restart of First League & Second League on May 30. Clubs will be allowed to make up to 5 substitutions per game.

?? Netherlands: Eredivisie – The Netherlands was the first top-tier European league to cancel its season on April 24 after the government banned public events until September. No Champion will be awarded and there will be no promotion or relegation. but it was decided that the top five teams at the time of the suspension of the league to compete in next year’s European tournaments. Ajax & AZ will compete in UEFA Champions League while Feyenoord, PSV, and Willem II will play in Europa League. 
Next season is set to start on October 1.

?? North Macedonia: First Football League –  League is expected to restart in mid-June. Football Federation of Macedonia (FFM) made a decision to continue the season with playoff and playouts without relegation from the league. All of the remaining matches will be played behind closed doors, the number of people allowed on the stadiums will be limited as well. The second MFL division will not continue the rest of the season.

?? North Ireland: NIFL Premiership – NIFL recommendation on how to complete season is expected by June 30. All football leagues in Northern Ireland has been suspended since early March.  It’s still doubtful if the season can be completed due to the Covid-19 situation. As for now, matches are suspended until the end of May at least.

?? Norway: Elitserien – Abid Raja the Minister of Culture and Sports, announced that clubs could resume training from May 7, as the season is scheduled to start on June 16. 

?? Poland: Ekstraklasa & 1 Liga – Ekstraklasa has announced that it will restart on May 29. 1 Liga will follow on June 2.  Quarter-final game between Stal Mielec and Lech Poznan on May 27 will be the first football event after the COVID-19 pandemic. 

?? Portugal: Primeira Liga & Second Division – Primeira Liga will offer its followers a feast of summer football when it resumes after the COVID-19 stoppage, with matches scheduled to be played almost every day according to a new fixture list the league released on Saturday 23 May. After a rest day on June 8, the following round of games will be spread over five days from June 9 to June 13.
Professional football is scheduled to return on June 3 with Portimonense against Gil Vicente and Famalicao hosting the league leader  Porto. Second Division ended earlier with 11 rounds of games to play – Nacional and Farense will be promoted to Primeira next season.

?? Republic of Ireland: Premier Division – League champions Dundalk, FAI cup holders Shamrock Rovers, along with Derry City and Bohemians who have also qualified for Europe, could return to group training on June 8. As they will compete in a four-team tournament as a part of a program for soccer return. Other clubs will be allowed to resume training from June 29. No clear date for possible restart of the season just yet.

?? Romania: Liga 1 & Liga 2 – On Tuesday evening, the resumption of the League 1 championship was confirmed after the interruption caused by the Covid-19. Liga 1 is scheduled to restart on June 6 after it was interrupted on March 9 after playing two rounds in the playoffs and playouts. All matches will be played without spectators. Football Federation decided to cancel the remaining matches in League 2.

?? Russia: Premier League – The Russian Premier League is set to restart on June 21, the country’s football association announced on Friday. The remaining eight games will be played between June 21 and July 22 with four of the scheduled round of matches taking place in midweek. All matches will be played behind closed doors. Clubs will be allowed to make up to 5 substations every match according to a new rule.

??????? Scotland: Scottish PremiershipCeltic declared Scottish Premiership champions as the season ends earlier. Hearts relegated after SPFL ends season.  Dundee United, Raith Rover, and Cove Ranger have also declared champions of their respective divisions. In April, the 42 SPFL clubs voted to end the season in the Scottish Championship, League One and League Two as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.  However, the Scottish season has not been completely canceled as the Scottish FA will try to complete the Scottish Cup, with the tournament at the semi-final stage. 

?? Serbia: Superliga & Second Division – Both leagues will resume on May 29 behind closed doors and in changed format.
The Serbian Football Association added that the four remaining round in the Superliga would be held within the 2019/2020 season as there will be no playoffs and playout games.

?? Slovakia: Super Liga – Most realistic date to restart top-tier league  – June 13. The competition was postponed in early March after 22 games of the regular season. Teams are allowed to train in groups.

?? Slovenia: Prva Liga – After being suspended since mid-March due to Covid-19, the Slovenian national football championship will resume on June 5th with Round 26 matches. The Slovenian FA (NZS) Announced on Tuesday. All players in the Prva Liga Telekom are already training in groups. According to NZS full schedule would be available next week. CUP semifinals are scheduled for June 9 and June 10, and the final match is set for June 24 – All games will be on neutral pitch and without spectators.  Slovenian football federation decided to cancel both Second and Third  SNL leagues.

?? Spain: La Liga & LaLiga 2 – The president of the Spanish soccer league said on Sunday that competition could restart as early as June 11 with the Seville derby – Sevilla v Real Betis behind closed doors. 
La Liga 2 is expected to start in mid-June as well as both leagues need to be completed by July 31.
La Liga players started training in groups since mid-May. Football in Spain was suspended on March 12 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Barcelona leads La Liga by two points ahead of Real Madrid and with 11 matches remaining.

?? Sweden: Allsvenskan and Superettan –  Both Leagues are expected to begin in mid-June. 
The football in Sweden normally begins in April and ends in November. However, the Covid-19 pandemic forced Sweden to postpone the start to June. The next season is set to start in September.

?? Switzerland: Super League & Challenge League – Expected date to restart – June 8 as the government has given permission for matches to be held and team. Teams were allowed to return to training since May 11.  Further information will be available after May 29.

?? Turkey: Super League, League 1 & TFF – The TFF Board of Directors has decided to start the leagues that were suspended due to Covid19 outbreak in the following order:

  1. Super League – June 12
  2. League 1- June 19
  3. TFF 2 leagues & TFF 3 League – July 18
  4. Regional Amateur League – July 18

?? Ukraine: Premier League – Will resume football Matches from May 30.
The executive committee of the Ukrainian Association of Football (UAF) has received a letter from the Ukrainian Health Ministry with the permission to resume Premier League matches from May 30 – UAF President Andriy Pavelko has reported on Facebook.
Ukrainian Premier League matches were suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic after the 23rd round.

??????? Wales: Cymru PremierConnah’s Quay Nomads crowned Welsh champions after season canceled. The Wales top soccer league has been ended earlier due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Connah’s Quay Nomads have been crowned champions for the first time the Football Association of Wales (FAW) announced.  AS a result, Connah’s Quay will play in qualifying rounds of Champions League, while New Saints and Bala Town will both receive places in the preliminary rounds of the Europa League.








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