The KNVB still has two options on the table for a resumption of amateur football competitions in the seniors.
Due to the current lockdown, which started in December and was extended by the Cabinet on Tuesday until 9 February, it is not possible to play out the entire competitions. According to the KNVB, only playing the first half of the league or dividing all senior competitions into two poules are still possible options.
“ Despite the extension of the lockdown, it is still too early to take a final decision on one of these scenarios,” said the Football Association. “Although it does not become easier, both scenarios remain realistic and feasible. With the next press conference, we hope to get more clarity from the Cabinet about possible eases for sport. On this basis, a decision on the resumption of the competitions will be taken no later than the week of 9 February.”
At this time, senior teams are only allowed to train in groups of up to two people. Playing matches, as with young people up to 18 years old, is not allowed. The KNVB takes into account that prior to a possible restart of the competition, senior teams must first be able to train normally for a few weeks in groups.
All sports competitions, except for paid football, were shut down in October when the second corona wave appeared. In amateur football, the new competition had only just begun. When the Cabinet announced a lockdown in December, it turned out that a hoped restart of the competition in mid-January was not possible. The KNVB had two options left, both of which are still valid today.