Allsvenskan eyes June start date with full stadia

Fredrik Ulvestad of Djurgardens IF runs with the ball during an Allsvenskan match between IFK Norrkoping and Djurgardens IF (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

The Allsvenskan, the top tier of club football in Sweden, has confirmed that it is looking to start its season on June 14 with fans to be allowed in the stadium as normal despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The 32 member clubs from the Allsvenskan and the second-tier Superettan met yesterday (Tuesday) to discuss the plans for the start of the season and it was agreed that June 14 is the targeted return date. The 2020 Allsvenskan season had been due to start on April 4.

Work is now in progress to finalise the plan for the two competitions and the proposal would need to fit in with European governing body Uefa’s international calendar.

The Allsvenskan said that while it is still its aim to play all matches with fans, it is constantly following the developments of Covid-19 in Sweden and will abide by any new directives from the relevant authorities and the government.

Despite the threats posed by Covid-19, Swedish schools, restaurants and shops have remained open and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has urged people to behave “as adults”.

Sweden’s Scandinavian neighbour Denmark is hopeful of resuming its Superliga season as early as May 17, although matches would be played behind closed doors.

The Allsvenskan’s plans come as the Dutch Eredivisie appears set to end its 2019-20 season due to Covid-19, with the government having extended a ban on major public events until September 1.