German Cup final rescheduled for 4 July, to be played without spectators
The final of the German Cup will be played behind closed doors on July 4 while the two semifinals will be played on June 9 and 10; the German Football Federation (DFB) reported on Monday. The women’s Bundesliga pending a green light from local authorities, the German Football Association (DFB) said on Monday.
Men’s top two divisions set to start without spectators on 16 May after a two-month suspension due to COVID-19; the DFB said the ball can also start rolling in the other competitions. But it will also be without fans with Germany having banned all major events until at least 31 August.
The dates are subject to the approval of the health authorities and the parties like those of the Bundesliga, must be held behind closed doors and under a strict protocol of health security. In addition, DFB President expects that the political authorities will soon give the go-ahead to resume the third Bundesliga.
The hygiene plan that has made it possible for the Bundesliga to resume over the weekend was conceived jointly by the German Football League (DFL) and the DFB and for all professional football. “That is why I am confident that we will soon receive the go-ahead from the political authorities to resume the third Bundesliga, finish the Cup and the women’s Bundesliga,” said Keller.
The semifinals of the German Cup will face Bayern Munich with Eintracht Frankfurt and FC Saarbrucken with Bayer Leverkusen. A problem to be solved is the return to training of the fourth category Saarbrucken; which would imply that the players undergo coronavirus tests with some regularity; following the protocol of the first and second Bundesliga. The cost of the Saarbrucken tests could be borne by the DFB..