J League suspension extended

Photo taking from the Japan Times

This week the J League in Japan declared that they would be extending the suspension of matches for the whole of April. Before the announcement, it was hoped games would continue in the next couple of weeks but all hope of this as now been dashed.  

Delayed till May

The suspension of matches in the top flight till May means that the Cornonvirus has paid victim to at least six rounds of matches in the J League 1. As just when we see hope there are further delays although as things look to be on the up in Japan this might be the final setback.

As things stand currently the J League 1 will finally resume on Saturday 9th May, assuming that the match to be played will be as scheduled we'll see games get back underway with Consadole Sapporo hosting Shimizu S-Pulse.

After this point, it will be interesting to see how they fit in the six extra matches to finish the season on time at the start of December. A fair bit of leeway has now been given though for these matches to all fit in.

The JFA have at present announced no plans to extend the season and currently the Levain Cup is still due to take place which is a knockout tournament many thought may have been binned for the season.

The reason why there is space is down to the fact the Olympics have now been postponed till 2021 meaning that the league's planned break during the games will now not be necessary.

Along with this just last week the authorities announced that for the 2020 season we will have no relegation. Dan Orllowitzt explains this in detail in his write up for the Japan Times which is well worth a read.

In all what this means is that J1 will resume on 9th May and J2 will be returning on 2nd May with J3 starting up on 25th April.

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