New Eredivisie season to start in september
The Eredivisie season will start on 12 September, following the government's decision to ease coronavirus restrictions.
"The anticipated start of the league will take place 12-13 September," the KNVB said in a statement, adding players would need six to eight weeks to get fully fit.
Dutch authorities announced on Wednesday that football stadiums can re-open their doors to fans from July, but only under conditions including a mandatory 1.5 metre distance between occupied seats.
On Friday morning, the KNVB has announced the matchweek calendar for the 2020/21 season, in which flexibility has been built in with a view to a possible second corona wave. Briefly, this means:
- The first matchweek of the Eredivisie will start on September 12 and 13.
- Matches will be played mainly on Saturday and Sunday. At the request of the clubs and FOX Sports, Saturdays matches are played at 6:45 pm (CEST), 8 pm (CEST) and 9 pm (CEST), with 4:30 pm (CEST) possibly becoming an option (under investigation).
- At this time, there are no games scheduled for Sundays at 8pm (CEST).
- There are four matchweeks during the week: 22/23 December, 12/13/14 January, 26/27/28 January and 13 May (Feast of the Ascension).
- The winter break remains: December 23 to January 8.
- The number of matches of the playoffs is halved and will take place from May 17 to 23.
- There will be no Johan Cruyff Schaal match (Dutch Super Cup), since the 2019/20 season has ended without champions and cup winner.