Three options laid out for finishing the La Liga season

The La Liga match ball (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
The La Liga match ball (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images) /

The La Liga board and the Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) have laid out three contingency plans for finishing the league campaign. Which is the best?

There has been little progress made in the way of figuring out how clubs in Spain will finish the domestic campaign and cups. Even La Liga, the top flight, is yet to make significant progress.

However, the governing boards took a huge step on Friday in trying to appease the fanbases and give them a better idea of when football could be back. They laid out three options that could see play resume in a few months, this summer, or even next fall.

The best news from the options being proposed is that the season will not be voided outright, rather, every league will be played as it should be.

Option 1: Resume in May

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This, of course, is the most optimistic and for us stuck at home, the best option of the three. The hope with resuming play in mid-May is that the season can be wrapped up in late June before the summer transfer window opens and contract day rolls around.

Most professional contracts expire on June 30 and if the league and cups can be wrapped up before that date, it would be a good substitute for moving the season into the late summer and possibly the fall.

Plus, with this option, players can actually have an offseason where they can vacation and relax before going again in August.

The negatives of this option are that games would have to be played every three days and could wear down players quickly. Also, there would likely be no preseason if this were to be the plan.

Option 2: Resume play in late July

Since Euro 2020 is now going to be in 2021 (but keep the same name?) this could be the best option considering how bad things are in right now in Spain.

Spain has now passed China in confirmed cases and is one of the epicentres for the coronavirus. It’s hard to see a scenario where things are back to normal in just six weeks – though we can dream – so this might be the safest option of the three.

This would then see the league conclude in either August or Septemeber depending on how the governing body wants to schedule matches.

Option 3: Resume play in September

The worst-case scenario is that we don’t have football for six months and the next matches are not played until the summer.

This would seriously disrupt the 2020/2021 La Liga season as well and matches would need to be rescheduled and some cup competitions could be shortened as well.

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We should learn more about what La Liga wants to do in the coming week.