Reviews DFB appeal for the return of amateur sport
In the northeast, regional league football will not take place again until 2021.
After the federal government extended the partial lockdown to the end of the year, the uncertainty in amateur sport remains - also in the regional leagues. There are clear decisions here, including the northeast relay. © imago images To be continued in 2021: For the time being, the balls in the Regionalliga Nordost like here at 1.FC Lokomotive Leipzig.
The presidents of the regional and state associations of the German Football Association have campaigned for the return of amateur sport.
In an appeal, they emphasized the high social importance and impact of amateur sport, announced the DFB. "The focus for the committee is the perspective of giving children and young people in particular the opportunity to pursue an organized training activity in the open air in the club and to live out their natural urge to move there," it said.
With their appeal, the top officials of the regional associations support the open letter from DFB President Fritz Keller and DFB Vice President Rainer Koch, which they sent to all 24,500 clubs in German football last Friday. In it they emphasized that the sport and its unique club landscape had to be taken into account in all decisions and should not be left behind.
The Coupe de France doomed?
© Supplied by Sports.fr The Coupe de France The Coupe de France could bear the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic and the cessation of amateur sport decided by the authorities and which should last until January. After the Coupe de la Ligue, which was suspended last year due to the lack of interest it arouses, it is the Coupe de France that is in danger this season. This time because of the coronavirus pandemic.
As part of a conference, Tim Meyer, Chairman of the Medical Commission of the DFB, presented the president of the regional and state associations with findings from the latest studies. Meyer and colleagues from the Institute for Sports and Preventive Medicine at the University of Saarland and the Department of Sports, Exercise and Health at the University of Basel had more than 750 games from professional leagues and the amateur area with at least one player who was suspected of being infected with the coronavirus, analyzed.
The aim was to record infectious players in games or training and to assess the risk of infection for other players and referees. It was found that, according to the current state of knowledge, when playing football in the open air "there is only an extremely low risk of infection," said Meyer.
According to the association, an ongoing nationwide DFB survey shows how great the longing is for the return of amateur football. Around 50,000 people took part in the first three days, 97 percent of whom were members of a football club. 98 percent of those surveyed so far said they missed amateur football and their club, 95 percent definitely or very likely want to return to amateur football after the lockdown.
DFB Vice President Koch calls for: Sport on Merkel's agenda .
DFB Vice President Rainer Koch is pushing for the training ban for amateur and youth footballers to be lifted as soon as possible and is also making politicians responsible. “We demand that sport is also discussed on March 3, when the Prime Minister's Conference meets with the Chancellor. It's about making it clear that football is much more than the Bundesliga and the national team, ”said the 62-year-old of the“ Berliner Zeitung ”.