South Korea

2020 K-League Set to Begin on May 8th After COVID-19 Delays

The 2020 K-League season is set to begin early next month, as the league’s authorities have announced that the competition will kick off on May 8th.

Defending champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors will face FA Cup winners Suwon Samsung Bluewings in the opening encounter, with the rest of the opening matchweek’s fixtures set to be played out on the 9th and 10th.

One of the first countries to be hit with the COVID-19 pandemic, Korea’s league season did not have the opportunity to start before emergency measures were taken to slow the spread of the virus.

Having taken exemplary measures to contain the virus, Korea has recovered well and is now able to resume aspects of normal life.

However, games will be played behind closed doors for the foreseeable future, and various measures have been put in place to protect against the threat of the virus.

Due to being one of the only ongoing leagues in the world at the moment, the K-League is expected to attract interest from abroad. A number of European broadcasters have already expressed interest in showing the competition to their viewers at home, and the league is likely to be viewed with interest across Asia as well.