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The COVID-19 pandemic is an ongoing pandemic, which was reported to begin from Wuhan, China. Soon, the disease began to spread quickly into other countries, creating a new worldwide pandemic. This coronavirus pandemic has impacted greatly on sports events, especially football. As of April, football leagues in almost every countries are suspended. Only a few countries – Belarus, Nicaragua, Taiwan and Turkmenistan – have allowed professional football matches to continue. International competitions which was scheduled to be held in 2020, including UEFA Euro 2020 and 2020 Copa América, are postponed. Some footballers have also been reported to have Coronavirus disease.

Impact on competitions

In China, the 2020 Chinese Super League was postponed as a result of the virus. The AFC Champions League and AFC Cup was also impacted, a number of group stage matches being postponed.

On March 9, 2020, FIFA and AFC announced that 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches due to take place in March and June 2020 were postponed to later dates due to the pandemic. Play-off matches between South Korea and China in the 2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament were also postponed.

In Europe, various knockout matches in the Champions League and Europa League were played behind closed doors in February and March 2020. Two Europa League matches involving Spanish and Italian teams were also postponed indefinitely. On March 12, 2020, UEFA announced that the elite qualification round of the men and women's under-17 and under-19 youth international tournaments had been postponed.

Concerns were raised regarding UEFA Euro 2020, being held in twelve host cities across Europe, and the potential impact of the coronavirus on players, staff and tournament visitors. UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin said the organisation was confident that the situation could be dealt with, while general secretary Theodore Theodoridis stated that UEFA was maintaining contact with the World Health Organization and national governments regarding the coronavirus. UEFA announced that a videoconference would be held on March 17 with representatives of its 55 member associations, along with a FIFPro representative and the boards of the European Club Association and European Leagues, to discuss the response to the outbreak for domestic and European competitions, including Euro 2020. The tournament was moved by 12 months.

On 13 March 2020, FIFA announced that clubs did not have to release players to their national teams during the international windows of March and April 2020, while players also had the option to decline a call-up without any consequences. FIFA also recommended that all international matches during these windows be postponed, though the final decision was left to the competition organisers or member associations for friendly matches.

On 3 April 2020, FIFA announced that the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, scheduled to be held in Panama and Costa Rica in August, and the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, scheduled to be held in India in November, would be postponed and rescheduled.

By the end of May, many top flight national football leagues have been allowed to continue – including the Bundesliga.

Leagues/events canceled

  • 2020 International Champions Cup
  • Four-team tournament in Qatar from 26-30 March involving Belgium, Portugal, Croatia and Switzerland
  • All international friendly matches
  • 2020 Campeones Cup
  • 2020 Leagues Cup
  • 2020 MLS All-Stars

Leagues/events curtailed

  • Flag of El Salvador 2019–20 Primera División de El Salvador (suspended on 13 March, curtailed on 20 March)
  • Flag of Scotland 2019–20 Scottish Championship and other Scottish lower domestic leagues (suspended on 13 March, curtailed on 15 April)
  • Flag of Belize 2019–20 Premier League of Belize (suspended in March, curtailed on 15 April)
  • Flag of Netherlands 2019–20 Eredivisie and other Dutch domestic leagues (suspended on 12 March, curtailed on 24 April)
  • Flag of France 2019–20 Ligue 1 and other French domestic leagues (suspended on 13 March, curtailed on 28 April)
  • Flag of Luxembourg 2019–20 Luxembourg National Division and other Luxembourgish domestic leagues (suspended on 13 March, curtailed on 28 April)
  • Flag of Argentina 2020 Copa de la Superliga (suspended on 17 March, curtailed on 28 April)
  • Flag of Honduras 2019–20 Honduran Liga Nacional (suspended on 15 March, curtailed on 29 April)
  • Flag of Kenya 2019–20 Kenyan Premier League (suspended in March, curtailed on 1 May)
  • Flag of Ethiopia 2019–20 Ethiopian Premier League (suspended in March, curtailed on 5 May)
  • Flag of Spain 2019–20 Segunda División B and 2019–20 Tercera División (suspended on 11 March, curtailed on 6 May)
  • Flag of Gibraltar 2019–20 Gibraltar National League (suspended in March, curtailed on 7 May)
  • Flag of Belgium 2019–20 Belgian First Division A and other Belgian domestic leagues (suspended on 12 March, curtailed on 15 May)
  • Flag of Cyprus 2019–20 Cypriot First Division and other Cypriot domestic leagues (suspended on 13 March, curtailed on 15 May)
  • Flag of Bangladesh 2019–20 Bangladesh Premier League (suspended on 15 March, curtailed on 17 May)
  • Flag of Scotland 2019–20 Scottish Premiership (suspended on 13 March, curtailed on 18 May)
  • Flag of Malta 2019–20 Maltese Premier League and other Maltese domestic leagues (suspended on 12 March, curtailed on 18 May)
  • Flag of Guatemala 2019–20 Liga Nacional de Guatemala (suspended in March, curtailed on 19 May)
  • Flag of Wales 2019–20 Cymru Premier and other Welsh domestic leagues (suspended on 13 March, curtailed on 19 May)
  • Flag of South Sudan 2020 South Sudan Football Championship (suspended in March, curtailed on 20 May)
  • Flag of Uganda 2019–20 Uganda Premier League (suspended in March, curtailed on 20 May)
  • Flag of Mexico 2019–20 Liga MX and other Mexican domestic leagues (suspended on 15 March, curtailed on 22 May)
  • Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina 2019–20 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina and other Bosnian domestic leagues (suspended on 12 March, curtailed on 2 June)

Leagues/events which were suspended and then continued

  • Flag of Turkmenistan 2020 Ýokary Liga (suspended from 23 March to 19 April)
  • Flag of South Korea 2020 K League 1 (postponed from 29 February to 8 May)
  • Flag of Faroe Islands 2020 Faroe Islands Premier League (postponed from 8 March to 9 May)
  • Flag of Germany 2019–20 Bundesliga (suspended from 13 March to 16 May)
  • Flag of Costa Rica 2019–20 Liga FPD (suspended from 17 March to 19 May)
  • Flag of Estonia 2020 Meistriliiga (suspended from 13 March to 19 May)
  • Flag of Burundi 2019–20 Burundi Premier League (suspended from 5 April to 21 May)
  • Flag of Armenia 2019–20 Armenian Premier League (suspended from 12 March to 23 May)
  • Flag of Czech Republic 2019–20 Czech First League (suspended from 12 March to 23 May)
  • Flag of Hungary 2019–20 Nemzeti Bajnokság I (suspended from 16 March to 23 May)
  • Flag of Denmark 2019–20 Danish Superliga (suspended from 12 March to 28 May)
  • Flag of Poland 2019–20 Ekstraklasa (suspended from 13 March to 29 May)
  • Flag of Serbia 2019–20 Serbian SuperLiga (suspended from 15 March to 29 May)
  • Flag of Poland I liga (suspended from 13 March to 2 June)
  • Flag of Poland II Liga (suspended from 13 March to 3 June)

Leagues/events currently suspended

As of 29 May, almost every countries have suspended their domestic football leagues, except

Future events postponed

Some of the matches postponed

Matches played behind closed-doors

  • 2019–20 UEFA Champions League
    • Round of 16 second leg: Valencia v Atalanta, PSG v Borussia Dortmund (10–18 March)
  • 2019–20 UEFA Europa League
    • Round of 16 first leg: LASK v Manchester United, Olympiakos v Wolves, Wolfsburg v Shakhtar Donetsk, Eintracht Frankfurt v Basel (12 March)
  • 2019–20 Serie A
    • Juventus v Inter Milan, Udinese v Fiorentina, AC Milan v Genoa, Parma v SPAL, Sassuolo v Brescia and Sampdoria v Hellas Verona (8–9 March)
  • 2019–20 Bundesliga: Borussia Mönchengladbach v 1. FC Köln (12 March)
  • All matches of 2019–20 Botola and other Moroccan domestic leagues (since 5 March)
  • All matches of 2019–20 V.League 1 (since 5 March)
  • All matches of 2019–20 Saudi Professional League and other Saudi domestic leagues (since 7 March)
  • All matches of 2019–20 Superleague Greece and other Greek domestic leagues (since 8 March)
  • All matches of 2019–20 First Professional Football League and other Bulgarian domestic leagues (8 March)
  • All matches of 2019–20 Liga I and other Romanian domestic leagues (since 9 March)
  • All matches of 2019–20 Ekstraklasa and other Polish domestic leagues (since 10 March

Since mid-March 2020, only two leagues played with spectators:

Football-related people with coronavirus disease

Active footballers

Others

Deaths

  • March 18 – Flag of Italy Luciano Federici (aged 81), former footballer
  • March 19 – Flag of Italy Innocenzo Donina (aged 69), former footballer
  • March 21 – Flag of Spain Lorenzo Sanz (aged 76), former president of Real Madrid
  • March 22 – Flag of Spain Benito Joanet (aged 84), former footballer and coach
  • March 24 – Flag of Somalia Mohamed Farah (aged 59), former footballer
  • March 29 – Flag of Spain José Luis Capón (aged 72), former footballer
  • May 5 – Flag of Spain Amador Suárez Villa (aged 76), former vice-president of Real Madrid
  • May 29 – Flag of Bolivia Deibert Frans Roman Guzman (aged 25), footballer

Football clubs out of business

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