27 April 2020
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening, it is now possible to make a plan for restarting Danish professional football. The expectation is still to play all the games of the season in 3F Superliga and NordicBet Liga, and there are now three scenarios for.
The Division Association’s ambition has always been to decide the season on the pitch with the running of all matches. That plan, according to the latest announcement by the authorities, remains to be realized, although unfortunately it will be without spectators.
The three scenarios now being worked on are all having a start-up period with room for physical rebuilding and team training before sending players into combat. Scenario 1 starts May 17 with the completion of Round 25 – and with the postponed match AGF-Randers FC two days earlier. The two alternative start dates are May 24 and May 31. In all three scenarios, the season – including the Sydbank Cup – is scheduled to end by the end of July. The 2020/21 season kicks off in early September with fans on the limbs, as the government’s announcement is now.
“The authorities have made a plan for the slow reopening of Denmark, and of course we plan the professional club football after. Many clubs have had repatriated employees – both players and other staff. Some clubs have already started training in smaller groups. It will gradually increase, and then we can safely start fighting again in the second half of May, “says Claus Thomsen, Executive Director of the Divisional Association.
“Like many other private companies, the clubs are hard hit by the closure. There is great support and praise for the authorities’ action – both the closure and now the plan for reopening. We are all looking forward to being part of this – and we are very aware of doing so in a sound way with a strong focus on adhering to the guidelines that have been made, ”says Claus Thomsen.