CSL could start on the 25th July


As leagues around the world have restarted from Germany to Guam the Chinese Super League still do not have a concrete start date for the new season. Although it is expected that after the Dragon Boat Festival holiday in China they will announce a restart date. 

League to start 

The original date of the 18th July for the league beginning was put back after an outbreak of the coronavirus in Beijing further complicated matters as the outbreak saw more than 180 infections recorded in just over a week.

As they need to give players enough time to prepare it is expected the date put forward will be for the 25th July. If this does happen it will be exciting news for fans of the game in China as the league originally was scheduled to begin in February. 

Whatever does happen the league will not begin in the same way, this is seen as the plan suggested will be for the sixteen sides to split off into two leagues. A plan was put in place for Guangzhou and Shanghai to host the matches as the cities sit at either side of the country. 

This followed the CFA sending a team to Shanghai and Guangzhou, to inspect the venues. Although since this time it now looks like games will be played in Dalian and Suzhou. They have since inspected the grounds in these cities and seem to be happy. 

Sides will be placed in Dalian too, rather than travelling for each match, the stadiums being talked about being used are Dalian Sports Center Stadium, Jinzhou Stadium and Puwan New District Stadium.

Meanwhile, for sides in Suzhou, they will use the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre, Kunshan Stadium and Suzhou Sports Center. 

How it could work 

The way this will work is we will see Dalian host League 'A' as we shall call it, and this has eight sides consisting of Guangzhou Evergrande, Jiangsu Suning, Shandong Luneng, Henan Jianye, Dalian Pro, Guangzhou R&F, Shanghai Shenhua and Shenzhen.

We will then see the other eight sides in League 'B' in Suzhou consisting of Shanghai SIPG, Beijing Guoan, Wuhan Zall, Tianjin TEDA, Chongqing Dangdai, Hebei China Fortune, Qingdao Huanghai and Shijiazhuang Ever Bright. 

The plan is this will take two months to play out the two 'leagues' at which point we will end for the international break in September. It will then allow the China side to prepare for important fixtures as they look to kick-start their world cup qualifying campaign. 

The plan after the international matches is unclear as of course with this set up we can not see a fair relegation system. 

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