Liga 1 Trio Voice Objection to Season Continuation
Krishna SadhanaFootball Tribe SEA EditorThree Liga 1 Indonesia clubs have voiced their objection towards the Football Federation of Indonesia (PSSI)'s plan to restart the Indonesian football season this October. Persebaya Surabaya, Persik Kediri, and Barito Putera were against the restart of all three leagues within the Indonesian football pyramid, citing their concerns behind the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as the reason behind their objection.Last season's Liga 1 runners-up Persebaya felt that the PSSI have yet to release a proper guideline in regards of restarting the Indonesian football seas...
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Chinese football season to begin July 25 after five-month virus delay
Beijing (AFP) - The Chinese Super League season will begin on July 25 after the coronavirus pandemic delayed it by five months, the country's football association said on Wednesday.It is a major boost for sport in China and another sign of life returning to normality in the country where COVID-19 emerged late last year before spreading globally.The 16-team league, which had been originally due to kick off in February, will be played under a different format instead of the usual home-and-away competition.Clubs will be split into two groups, one in the northeastern city of Dalian and the other i...
Cedric Golden: Football is the best dangling carrot
If we have to use football season as an incentive to rid ourselves of this virus, so be it.Pathetic, right?The threat of taking away football should not wield such power, but in the state of Texas, it does.All of a sudden, people are freaking out because the proliferation of positive tests in Texas has put the most popular part of the year for sports in a slippery holding pattern. Football fans nationwide have engaged in the same semirealistic conversations in the months since COVID-19 barged into our lives in March like an interloper arriving at your favorite tailgate wearing the other team’s...
UAE football season kicks off on September 4
Dubai: Sharjah Club will take on Shabab Al Ahli Dubai in the one-off Arabian Gulf Super Cup to kick off the UAE’s football season, on September 4.Played between the previous season’s professional league champions and UAE President’s Cup winners, this year’s traditional season-opener will see a re-match between league champions Sharjah and Shabab Al Ahli Dubai following last week’s premature cancellation of all future football activity in the UAE due to the coronavirus pandemic.Last year, Sharjah had secured their first silverware of the season with a 4-3 win on penalties after being tied goall...
Big 12's Bowlsby 'bullish' on football season starting on time
FORT WORTH, Texas — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby provided a sense of optimism for college football to start on time during a videoconference with reporters on Friday afternoon.The league is allowing football players to return to campuses starting June 15 for voluntary workouts. That would give programs more than 11 weeks to prepare for Week 1 of the season Sept. 3-5.“You talk about optimism, I am optimistic that we’ll start the season somewhere around Labor Day and I think we’ll get a crack at it,” Bowlsby said. “I’m bullish about our opportunity and more so than I was 30 days ago. I hope I...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
CFA officially announces the permanent termination of this year’s football season
The Cyprus Football Association (CFA) Board of Directors at its meeting on Friday decided the permanent interruption of this year`s football season.In a lengthy announcement, the CFA confirmed the information about the final cessation of football competitions based on a provision of a proclamation according to which, “any issue not provided for in this proclamation will be finally decided by the CFA Board of Directors”.It also announces that Cyprus will be represented in the European Championships by the four teams that at the time of the interruption of the current football season were in the...
Cyprus News Agency
AFCA official: We will play college football this year
ORLANDO, Fla. — With spring football camps abruptly canceled and college campuses closed in response to the coronavirus outbreak, coaches are slowly settling into a new normal filled with virtual team meetings and guiding players from afar.Nobody knows the ultimate impact of the shutdown, but the possible financial ramifications have sent shivers down the backs of many athletics directors.While some are unsure the 2020-21 football season will be played without a vaccine available, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association Todd Berry is confident it will happen.“I don’t ha...
China postpones 2020 football season over virus fears
Beijing (AFP) - China announced Thursday the suspension of all domestic football and postponed indefinitely the top-flight Chinese Super League (CSL) season in response to the deadly viral outbreak sweeping the country. The CSL 2020 campaign had been due to kick off on February 22, but was shelved along with "all types of football matches" in order to "carry out prevention and control of the pneumonia epidemic," said a Chinese Football Association statement.The announcement comes just a few hours after the World Indoor Athletics Championships, scheduled to take place in the Chinese city of Nan...
Crisis to triumph: Five talking points from China's football season
Shanghai (AFP) - Fabio Cannavaro guided Guangzhou Evergrande to their eighth Chinese Super League championship at the weekend, a triumphant end to a turbulent campaign for the 2006 Italian World Cup-winning captain.AFP Sport picks out five talking points from the 2019 Chinese football season.Cannavaro enjoys last laugh - The 46-year-old former Real Madrid and Juventus defender had an eventful year. The Evergrande coach was also put in charge of the national side in March, but quit after two defeats. He was temporarily moved aside at Evergrande in late October following a poor run of form, eve...