Luckily for soccer fans, Premier League will return in a week. The first two matches will take place on June 17 featuring Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United and Manchester City vs. Arsenal. This will be 100 days after the last played game due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As the league resumes, Liverpool looks to continue its quest to win the domestic title in 30 years as it is on top of the table with 82 points. Manchester city is behind second place with 57 points and Leicester City with 53 points. There are still 92 matches to be played in the season.
Some of the players and coaches are still skeptical whether it’s safe to play and returning to play is the right move. Phil Neville, the head coach of the England women’s team, believes that the players’ safety is paramount for him and they must be respected for putting themselves out to play during a pandemic.
The French soccer league’s, Ligue 1, season has come to an end after canceling the rest of the matches. Meanwhile, La Liga, Spanish soccer league, will return on June 11; Series A, Italian soccer league, returns on June 20, and MLS will return in nearly a month, on July 8.
Bundesliga has already resumed its season back in May 16, and for a month, teams have been playing without fans. Premier League is looking to do the same and not permit any fans to attend the games.
In addition, the International Federation of Association Football, better known by its French acronym, will allow five substitutes per team per match instead of three for the remainder of the season. FIFA enforced the rule to reduce injuries, tiredness, and muscle fatigue following the 100 days period without competitive soccer.
Stop Racism. Stop Violence.
“Stop racism. Stop violence.” These are powerful words voiced by FIFA. The Association has repeatedly conveyed the message against racism and discrimination for years. Many players in Bundesliga are expressing their thoughts and actions towards the tragic case of George Floyd. Premier League will also allow players to promote anti-racism messages during matches.
Several clubs and players have echoed sentiments of the death of George Floyd through social media by taking a picture of the team kneeling on one knee and wearing t-shirts or gears in support of the terrible incident.