Informative Note

Coronavirus: Impact on football


On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization declared the existence of a public health emergency of international importance (PHEIC) and classified the virus SARS-CoV2 as a pandemic on 11 March 2020. Around the world, governments and organisations are seeking to introduce contingency rules to deal with the epidemic and the disease (COVID-19) caused by it.

This situation has had an enormous effect on football, with the suspension of virtually all football competitions across the globe. At the moment, for example, the competitions represented in the World Leagues Forum (, founded in 2016, which represents the main professional leagues of national football associations, have all been suspended or postponed,

This is an unprecedented situation in football and, since World War II, we have not witnessed a general suspension of competitions like the one we are seeing now. 
This note discusses the main impacts of Covid-19 on the world of football.


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