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

Leagues/events curtailed

Leagues/events which were suspended and then continued

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

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

Football-related people with coronavirus disease

Active footballers

Others

Deaths

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