The second stage of the Super League will not start earlier than December 12, Kunming outside Nanning Changsha joins the”competition”
It is only 10 days before the start of the new season’s Chinese Super League. Each Chinese Super League team is making final preparations before entering the zone. However, for the Chinese Football Association and the Chinese Super League, they have already started preparing for the second stage of the Chinese Super League. Judging from the current situation, the second stage of the competition will be held in the southern city. Kunming, which has four seasons in spring, is expected to become the host city of the second stage of the Super League.
The intensive”devil schedule” is dragged to the end of the five-month continuous”wheel battle”
The Chinese Super League starts on July 25, and then there will be no Chinese football for the end of the year. Rest for five consecutive months of combat. The Chinese Super League, the AFC Champions League, and the national football team’s three-line battle are a big test for Chinese football.
The first stage of the Chinese Super League will continue from July 25 to September 28. During this period, a total of 112 games will be played in 14 rounds. Each team plays an average of 4 to 5 days with almost no rest time. By the end of the last round of the first phase on September 28, they were very compact. On September 28, when the Chinese Super League ended, the national team will be training soon to prepare for the two world preliminaries in October. On October 8, the national football team played against the Maldives at home and on October 13 against Guam. Judging from the current epidemic prevention situation, these two games have no small difficulties.
After playing these two top 40 games, it is immediately the restart of the AFC Champions League. According to the AFC restart schedule announced recently by the AFC, the group stage in East Asia is from October 19 to November 1, and the 1/8 finals are November 3 and 4. Previously, only Beijing Guoan played a group match among the four Super League teams. The other three teams, Shanghai Shanggang, Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai Shenhua, were all unsuccessful. That is to say, in the group stage, the semi-finals of the Chinese Super League is going to play almost all the games, and the Japanese and South Korean teams have already played two group games. In comparison, the Super League team’s game tasks are heavier than the Japanese and Korean teams, and the game frequency is higher.
After the 1/8 finals, the last 40 matches of the national football team will start in November. On November 12th and 17th, the national football team will continue to face the Philippines and Syria at home, which will be the key game to determine the life and death of the national football team. After the top 40, the AFC Champions League will resume on November 25, from the quarter-finals to the finals, and the time will last from November 25 to December 5. If a Chinese Super League team enters the semifinals or even the finals, it will be difficult for the Chinese Super League to start the game before December 5.
The start date of the second stage is difficult to determine the AFC Champions League is the”X factor”
Although in terms of time, the Chinese Super League in the second stage will be scheduled until December, But in fact the second stage of the Chinese Super League was affected by many factors. Whether the AFC Champions League and the national team’s World Cup Asian Top 40 can be held as scheduled is a very important factor.
For example, in the AFC Champions League, although the AFC has determined the restart schedule of the East Asian region, the current situation of the epidemic prevention and control in the East Asian region cannot be relaxed overall. After the AFC Champions League restarts, it will be a tournament-based game, but the East Asian region has so far no countries or regions that intend to host the competition. The State Sports General Administration has issued a document a few days ago, making it clear that apart from the Beijing Olympic Winter Games, in principle no international competitions will be held, which means that China will not bid for the AFC Champions League.
Japan has even delayed the Tokyo Olympics for one year, and will not bid for the AFC Champions League. Among the three countries of China, Japan and South Korea, South Korea was originally the most interested in hosting the AFC Champions League. The Korean League is also the first restarted league in East Asia. However, the recent epidemic situation in South Korea has rebounded significantly, especially in the Seoul area, so South Korea has no intention to bid for the AFC Champions League. Malaysia and Thailand, which were originally expected to have high hopes, do not have the willingness to bid. Therefore, it is a big question where the AFC Champions League in East Asia is kicked or not.
The same problem with the AFC Champions League is also in the World Top 40 Asian Championships. Due to different epidemic prevention measures in various countries and regions, it is very difficult to hold home and away matches. The AFC also intends to turn the rest of the World Top 40 Asian Games into a tournament system, but there is also the problem of difficulty in finding the organizer.
If both the AFC Champions League and the World Preliminaries face difficulties in completing the match, then the arrangements for the second stage of the Chinese Super League will have many more unknown factors. Therefore, it is difficult to determine the start time of the Chinese Super League in the second stage. No time can be determined, so the undertaking city can only stay at the stage of consideration.
Winter in the Southwest is very suitable for the game. Nanning Changsha joins the”competition”
It is precisely because the AFC Champions League and the national team are scheduled to be interspersed between October and December, making the Chinese Super League The schedule for the second stage of the league is difficult. The Football Association is ready for the Super League team to enter the AFC Champions League final. Therefore, the current schedule of the second stage of the Super League schedule will not be earlier than December 12.
Because it is winter in December, northern cities such as Dalian are no longer suitable for hosting football matches. Therefore, the Football Association’s first choice for the second stage of the Chinese Super League is the southern city. Although southern cities such as Guangzhou and Shenzhen are also very suitable for hosting competitions in winter, the Football Association does not host the first-tier cities for reasons such as the Chinese Football Association. The Football Association can only focus on non-first-tier cities like Kunming.
It is reported that Kunming, which has four seasons in spring, has entered the Football Association’s alternative plan. Not only is the climate of Kunming very suitable for hosting games in winter, but there are also many venues in Kunming. Although there are limited venues that meet the standards of the Chinese Super League, only two rounds are played in the second stage. The task of the game is much lighter than the first stage. Outside Kunming, the Chinese Football Association wants to find another city. After all, the Super League in the second stage is still 16 teams, and is divided into the championship group and the relegation group.
At present, Nanning, Changsha and other places are also interested in hosting the second stage of the competition. But the Chinese Football Association has no time to investigate these cities. After the end of the first phase of the Chinese Super League, the relevant working group of the Chinese Football Association will immediately start the investigation of the cities under the second phase of the Chinese Super League.