The Chinese Super League is basically determined to be held in Suzhou and Guangzhou in the new season. Whether it can start in March is still unknown
Modern Express News (Reporter Wang Wei) After the successful conclusion of the Chinese Super League last season, the teams will enter the winter training period one after another, 2021 When does the season start? Will it be played in a home and away game or in a tournament system? Where to play? These have become topics of concern to fans. On January 20th, a reporter from Modern Express learned that it has been determined that the Super League will continue to play in the form of a tournament system in the new season. Two major competition areas. The Chinese Football Association had planned to start the game in March, but judging from the current epidemic prevention and control situation, it is doubtful whether the game can start smoothly.
Suzhou and Guangzhou are basically determined to be the venues for the first stage
Recently, an inspection team composed of the Chinese Football Association and the Professional League has investigated China in the 2021 season nationwide The venue for professional football leagues at all levels. Up to now, the inspection team has completed 7 projects in Suzhou (including Changshu Division), Guangzhou, Meizhou, Zhanjiang, Qingyuan, Zhaoqing, Hangzhou, etc. During the inspection of cities in the candidate competition areas, the Modern Express reporter learned that these cities are involved in the three-level Chinese professional football league.
Last season, the Chinese Super League was held in Suzhou and Dalian, with very good results. In the new season, the Chinese Football Association has initially decided that the Super Cup will still be held in the Suzhou Division. In addition, the Suzhou Division also has a very strong desire to continue to host the 2021 Super League. As for Dalian, because of its relatively northerly location, the cold weather, and the epidemic, there was no application to continue the competition. With the addition of the Guangzhou Division, the Chinese Super League is basically determined to hold the first stage of the competition in Suzhou and Guangzhou in the new season. The selection and selection of the competition areas of the Chinese League One and Chinese League Two are also continuing. Taking the Chinese League One as an example, among many candidate cities, Chengdu , Meizhou Division has a certain competitive advantage by successfully hosting the Chinese League last season.
△The atmosphere in the Suzhou Division last season was warm. Photo by Gu Wei
According to our understanding, the inspection team has an understanding of the epidemic prevention of each competition area, the hardware conditions of the competition and training venues, the comprehensive reception conditions of the hotel, the coordination capacity of the local football management organization in the competition area, the support of local governments, and the competition. Various aspects such as broadcasting have been investigated in detail, and the final city will be announced in the near future.
The new season of the Chinese Super League starts in mid-to-late March
In the past, the Chinese Super League started in March. Last season, affected by the epidemic, it was delayed until July. When the Chinese Super League will start in the 2021 season is also a topic of great concern to fans.
In early January, the Chinese Football Association and the Professional League released the first draft of the 2021 season calendar to the club. The original plan was to hold the opening ceremony and opening game as early as early March. However, according to the latest news, the current plan has been postponed and is temporarily scheduled for mid-to-late March. However, according to last year’s experience, it is still unknown whether the race can start normally in March.
However, it is foreseeable that the Super League schedule for the 2021 season is destined to be fragmented, no matter how many months it starts. Because in addition to the Chinese Super League, this year there will be many important events such as the AFC Champions League and World Cup qualifiers to”impact” the Chinese Super League schedule. The AFC East Asian region group stage is scheduled to start on April 21 and end on May 7. This schedule conflicts with the Chinese Super League schedule drawn up by the Chinese Football Association. The new season of the Super League plans to start in March, the first stage will last until May 18, a total of 12 rounds. According to the current competition plan, the semi-final of the Chinese Super League will affect at least 5 rounds of the Chinese Super League. In addition, the 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifiers in the Asian region of the top 40 have also reached the most critical final rounds. Once the national football starts the journey of the world preliminaries, the Chinese Super League is bound to give way.