After all of the terrible news that has happened due to the coronavirus pandemic, there’s finally some good news for the sports world returning to “normalcy”.

The German Football League is looking to return to play on May 9th, with no spectators in the stadium. Teams would only have the players, coaching staff, medical staff, and media personnel present at the stadium during games.

The German government has banned large gatherings until October 24, meaning that the remainder of the season will be played behind closed doors. Teams have already started training to prepare for a return next month, with reports of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund taking the training ground this week.

As part of the plan to resume play, there are also measures involved that may require testing players in between training sessions, and before games to ensure the player’s safety. 

Borussia Monchengladbach fans pay for cardboard cutouts of ...
Borussia Monchengladbach cardboard fan cutouts as part of their “Stay at home. Be in the Stands” campaign

It will be nice to see major soccer leagues such as the Bundesliga come back into competition, but it will definitely take some getting used to seeing all games being played in empty stadiums. German club Borussia Monchengladbach is also filling its empty stadium with cardboard cutouts of fans while matches are being played behind closed doors though their “Stay at home. Be in the Stands” campaign.

Fans are able to buy cardboard cutouts of themselves for £16.50 to fill Borussia-Park, the club’s home stadium if the remaining 2019/20 matches are played behind closed doors. The club currently sits in 4th place in the league table and only 6 points behind Bayern Munich.