AFA authorizes friendlies and times for the return of Argentine football are accelerated

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The teams will be able to start working with their entire squads from this Monday. And from Thursday games can be held.

With spring a news flourished that can mark the starting point for the return of Argentine soccer. From this Monday, the teams will be able to stop training in groups to go to work with their entire squad. And as of Thursday, the AFA will authorize friendly matches.

The idea is, finally, to accelerate for the return of the Professional Football League (LPF) championship that will start after the double round of the South American Qualifiers, scheduled for October 8 and 13.

The resumption of the Copa Libertadores ended up taking the leaders out of the drowsiness, who had stood behind the Government in a strict health policy.

While the rest of the continent is already playing in 7 countries, Argentina waited for the green light from Rosada. As the cases of infections and deaths do not stop, but the level of contagion in the First Division and the First National is very low, the Ministry of Health gave the go-ahead for soccer practices.

In Bulletin number 5791 published in the last hours, the AFA assures that it will implement “A flexibilization” of training. And reveals that “The objective, in addition to sports, is to evaluate the appropriate framework of sanitary conditions to establish the return of official competitions.”

Always remarking that it will be necessary to comply with the protocols, he informs that from today the LPF and the First National will leave Phase 1 in which they had been working in groups of no more than 6 to 10 players to move on to Phase 2 and, from in this way, to be able to gather the whole establishment. In no case, may they exceed 40 people between footballers, technical and auxiliary bodies. Likewise, Primera B and C, Federal A and women’s football will be able to start with face-to-face training.

On Thursday, First and Second Division will advance to Phase 3 and will be able to play friendlies. The recommendation is to play them in the main stadiums of the clubs, the delegations must not exceed 30 members and all will have to arrive with the competition clothing.

The idea is that they move in their own cars – no more than two people per vehicle – and the use of changing rooms is prohibited. Even the technical talk should take place in an open space.

The rest of the categories (B, C, Federal A and women’s football) will only be able to train with the full squad from October 12 and will go to Phase 3 on October 26.

On Saturday, Estudiantes-Arsenal, Gimnasia-Huracán, San Lorenzo-Argentinos Juniors and Banfield-Vélez, among others, would play.

“Everything depends on the Government”, repeat like a mantra the leaders who used to walk the corridors of the AFA and now feed the thread by Whatsapp. The date of September 25, the one that excited some fans, was left in the recycling bin. At the height of the coronavirus, Alberto Fernández did not want to reactivate the baseball industry. October, then, could be the right month.

They were shuffled on October 9 and 16 as a starting signal. However, FIFA’s confirmation that the Playoffs will take place altered plans. Fundamentally, because there will be players from the local environment in Lionel Scaloni’s list and in some other teams.

Taking into account that Argentina will play on the 13th in La Paz, will River and Boca accept to start on the 16th when Franco Armani, Gonzalo Montiel, Esteban Andrada and Eduardo Salvio will be among those called up? On the 17th, in addition, the CGT called a march for the day of loyalty.

There are few, then, those who believe that 23 would be an ideal date for the start of the LPF and 31, for the First National. And that at that point the teams from the rest of the categories can already play friendlies, which will give impetus to the Argentine Cup. The autochthonous tournament, under this circumstance, could start in November. There is a pass for the Libertadores 2021 for the champion, neither more nor less.



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