BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Professional football will resume in Argentina on October 30, after a seven-month hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Claudio Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA), said on Wednesday.
“All football is coming back,” said Tapia. “We respect the health rules and now we have the opportunity to say that football can be played again.”
The first division will begin on October 30th and the second division will begin a week later, on November 7th. The third and fourth divisions and the women’s professional league will begin on 23 November and the fifth division will resume on 6 December.
Tapia said that all games will take place without the presence of fans.
All leagues stopped in mid-March, when the virus forced lockdowns around the world.
Argentina, which imposed a strict lockdown, registered 931,967 confirmed infections, the sixth largest in the world, while the number of deaths caused by the virus is almost 25,000.
(By Ramiro Scandolo in Buenos Aires)