Netherland Set Official Return Date To June 19
Netherland is the first major European country that puts official date back to the League. The Royal Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) met on Tuesday with the clubs electronically and informed them that it has marked June 19 for the return of the Eredivisie, as long as the Government allows it.
The highest body of Netherland football expects to confirm this date in two weeks, when the Executive of Mark Rutte announces if the measures against COVID-19 can be relaxed. “We will only play football if it is safe and if the Institute of Public Health agrees,” the Federation said in a statement. The announcement by the highest Dutch football institution collides head-on with the desire of clubs like Ajax, PSV Eindhoven. and AZ Alkmaar, who had positioned themselves against continuing the competition. “At the moment we are keeping our focus on finishing the entire season,” the federation settled.
The scheduled schedule is for footballers to train individually on May 15 , in small groups a week later and the entire squad starting on May 29. However, Prime Minister Rutte warned at a press conference that the clubs “will have to check with their lawyers whether or not to allow training before June 1.”
If the Government authorizes it, the federation would allow friendly matches to be held during the first fortnight of June with the aim that the players regain the rhythm of competition. The remaining eight days of Eredivisie, nine in the case of some clubs, would be played between June 19 and July 31, so some matches would have to be played during the week.
The 2020/21 season would start the third week of August , about 20 days later than usual, so the federation has proposed to the clubs to imitate the English Premier and hold matches during Christmas festive period.Van Gaal criticized Ajax for agitating for league end due to their current position in the table.