The KNVB is going to see if the Eredivisie and the Kitchen Champion Division can be completed in the summer. The European Football Association UEFA has strongly urged all countries to complete the national competitions.
UEFA made its position on the football calendar on Wednesday afternoon in a conference call with all 55 national associations.
"It is indicated that all competitions in Europe must be completed before August 3. This means that resumption of the competition will have to start in the second half of June," the KNVB said in a statement.
"For us, the importance of national health remains the starting point, including that of our footballers, trainers, supporters and referees. In any case, we will only play football if it is safe according to RIVM. Health is paramount, always and especially now. "
Ajax will lead the Eredivisie with nine more games to go, with as many points as AZ. (Photo: Pro Shots)
In any case, the Eredivisie will stand still until 1 June
Almost all European competitions have been halted for some time due to the corona crisis. In the Eredivisie and the Kitchen Champion Division there will in any case not be played football until June 1.
In recent weeks, the KNVB worked on three scenarios: playing the competitions (possibly without an audience) before June 30, after June 30, or scrapping. The first option has been dropped, but the second option has become a bit more realistic due to the UEFA proposal. The third option is also still on the table.
Initially, UEFA had cited July 1 as the deadline for the completion of the competitions, as many players' contracts expire on that date. The new deadline is August 3. UEFA will discuss the issues surrounding the contracts at a meeting in mid-April.
All international matches from June moved
To make room on the calendar, UEFA has moved all international matches from May and June until further notice.
That means that the friendly duels of the Orange women with Belgium (June 5) and Norway (June 9) will not continue, as will the Dutch men's exhibition games against Greece (May 28) and Wales (June 6) and the play-offs of the European Championship qualification. The European Championship was moved by a year two weeks ago to the summer of 2021.
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