Soccer leagues across the world are continuing to announce when their seasons will resume amid the coronavirus pandemic, following in Bundesliga's footsteps.
La Liga will officially return to action on June 11, Spain's National Sports Council announced Friday, according to ESPN's Alex Kirkland.
Spain's government authorized the return of competitve sports in the country beginning on June 8, so it's no surprise La Liga will make a much-anticipated return to the field. Matches will be played behind closed doors as outlined by the league's health and safety protocols, but it is hoping to have supporters in the stands early next season.
The league was initially suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but players were allowed to train in groups of up to 10 people beginning May 18. Full training sessions will begin on Monday, according to the report, as players continue to gear up for the season restart.
Germany's Bundesliga set the steppingstones for soccer leagues across the globe to return in the coming months, and La Liga isn't the only league prepared to resume play. The English Premier League and Italy's Serie A are also planning on June start dates, and Major League Soccer could be playing games in Orlando, Fla., as early as July. The National Women's Soccer League also announced it will be resuming its season in June with a 25-team tournament in Utah over the course of one month.
If these leagues continue to have successful returns, it could bode well for more leagues in the United States to return to action.
The NBA and Walt Disney World seem to be getting closer to a deal for the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to host the league during the summer months, and the NHL already has announced its plans for a 24-team playoff format with two hub cities expected to be announced at a later date.
As for Major League Baseball, team owners and players can't come to an agreement due to health, safety and pay cut concerns among the athletes, so the only baseball we may be watching this summer is the Korean Baseball Organization.