How are the football leagues affected by Covid-19?

Champions League final has been postponed

European Football Federation indefinitely postpone Champions League and Europa League finals this season. This is the second time UEFA has rescheduled the match in the past week, after deciding to leave Euro to 2021.

The new schedule arrangement depends mainly on the control of Covid-19 in Europe, where a pandemic is intensifying with an increasing number of infected and dying people.

According to the original plan, the Champions League final took place on May 30 in Istanbul, Turkey, and the Europa League final on May 27 in Gdansk, Poland.

The Champions League has just completed four pairs of rounds of the eighth round, with the victories going to Atletico, PSG, Leipzig and Atalanta. Four other pairs are waiting for the return leg: Barca – Napoli, Bayern – Chelsea, Juventus – Lyon and Man City – Real.

Many European national championships are also postponed indefinitely, like La Liga. Ligue 1 may only return in mid-June, the Premier League aims at the beginning of May, while the Bundesliga and Serie A are unlikely to rematch in early April as expected.

FA Cup and League Cup are proposed to be cancelled next season

Foreign English clubs can sacrifice two domestic Cup tournaments, if the schedule is too thick due to Covid-19.

Premier League leaders will meet on March 26 to discuss when the tournament will return. Other issues are also discussed. One of the proposals is for clubs to abandon the FA Cup and League Cup if the schedule for the 2020-2021 season is too thick, according to Sun.

Due to the influence of Covid-19, it is not possible to determine the date of the Premier League and the competitions returning to compete. But one thing is certain, that the clubs will face a much thicker schedule to ensure the season can end. It may even encroach on to the following season.

Therefore, the Premier League teams are considering leaving two domestic Cup arenas – FA Cup and League Cup. They want to focus on the Premier League. To do this, clubs must send the Football Association of England (FA) and the Association of Professional Football League (EFL) a compensation.

But compensation may not solve the problem. The FA Cup and League Cup are key events organized by the FA, so they are thought to be difficult to cancel, even for a year.