According to De Telegraaf, The KNVB, the Eredivisie CV and Coöperatie Eerste Divisie hope that fans will be welcome back fully into stadiums by January.

De Telegraaf has seen the KNVB’s “Delta plan” which has been sent to the Dutch government and contains the seven phases which must be carried out before football returns to normal in the Netherlands.

Phase 1 started on Sunday the 8th of March, when professional football came to a halt due to the corona virus. Phase 2 has been in progress since training was resumed on the 28th of April, with a distance of one and a half meters. The KNVB hopes that the clubs can continue to Phase 3 on June 24th, which means that the training can be resumed completely, without restrictive conditions and therefore including contact.

Phase 4 must be reached in July when training matches between two different professional teams can be held. Phase 5 is the restart of the Eredivisie and Keuken Kampioen Division without an audience in September. After that, ‘partial public admission’ can be started in phase 6. On January 1st phase 7 would see fans full welcomed back into stadiums.

The phases will only be fully completed if there is no danger to public health.

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