Morocco’s football league to resume with 1st match on July 24

This article was originally published on Morocco World News, on June 24, 2020.

The Moroccan Royal Federation of Football (FRMF) announced on June 23 that the Moroccan football league (Botola) will resume playing, with its first match on July 24.

The decision follows a virtual meeting on Tuesday between the FRMF and the professional clubs of the first and second national division of Botola, as well as amateur clubs for both men and women football.

FRMF President Faouzi Lekjaa announced that the training sessions of clubs from the first and second division of Botola will resume on June 25.

The first phase is individual training over the course of 10 days, with only five players in each half of the stadium. The second phase will allow for 20 days of group training, according to a press release by the FRMF.

As part of the nationwide ease of the COVID-19 lockdown, the FRMF decided with health authorities to subject a sample of footballers to COVID-19 tests for three consecutive days.

As for matches postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the FRMF decided to hold them between July 24 and August 8.

In accordance with the International Football Association Board (IFAB) recommendations, the FRMF decided to allocate three minutes of rest to players after every 30 minutes playing.

This aims to avoid players’ physical stress, as they will be playing two matches a week rather than the usual one match every week.

All football matches had been postponed since March 14, only 12 days after the declaration of the first COVID-19 case in Morocco.

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