The coronavirus crisis has severly limited our football watching experience to Tajikistan or Belarus.
But thankfully, one of Asia’s most established leagues, the K-League, is back in business this Friday (8 May).
There will be a tweak to the league format.
The K-League will have its 12 teams play 27 games each, down from the usual 38-game fixture list. Each team will play each other home and away.
After the 22-game initial stage, the league will be grouped into a top-six and a bottom-six, with each team playing five games in their assigned group.
In welcoming the K-League back, the season-opening match between Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Suwon Samsung Bluewings will be streamed live on K-League’s official YouTube channel and its official Twitter account, @kleague.
The match will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, 240 kilometers south of Seoul.
Contingency plans are in place.
A positive COVID-19 test of a player or a coach would cause the affected team and its previous opponent to be barred from playing a game for two weeks. Any game scheduled during that time would be postponed.
A coronavirus case detected on the day of a match would cause the game to be called off and postponed. However, if a player or coach experiences coronavirus symptoms, the league said, the game will be allowed to continue, with the player being removed from the lineup.
If the season cannot be completed, the K-League would only crown a champion if at least 22 matches have been played.
If that is not the case, the season will end without a winner, and the league would later decide who would get to participate in the continental AFC Champions League.