The new calendar shows that starting from the Asian Cup in January next year, the National Football Association will concentrate on seven times a year. Considering that the National Football Association will compete in the Asian qualifying tournament of the World Cup from September next year, in order to take into account the interests of the league and the national team, the Football Association will extend the schedule of the Super League to ensure that the average time of the three training sessions of the National Football Association in September, October and November reaches three weeks.
When the motion of National Team Playing League was rejected, the clubs were very concerned about how to arrange the schedule of the domestic professional league in the new season. Beijing Youth Daily reporters have learned that the Chinese Football Association has communicated with clubs on the new season calendar many times in view of the situation such as temporary changes in the schedule of the previous season. To be sure, the new season league schedule fully takes into account the interests of all parties, and it is no surprise that the 2019 season of the Chinese Super League will start in the first weekend of March next year. Since the Asian Championship qualifying tournament was first opened before that, the first part of the new season is likely to be scheduled for Friday, March 1, while the opening ceremony is scheduled for March 2. Sources show that the upgraded Ma Shenzhen Jiazhaoye intends to undertake the opening ceremony.
It is noteworthy that the closing time of the new season is set for November 30. According to the data, since the mid-2008 season super team size increased to 16 teams, in addition to the current season Super League is also the end of November 30 that year, the next season super closing time is mostly in late October or early November. Since the 2008 season of the Chinese Super League was unveiled on March 29 of that year, the 270-day time span of the Chinese Super League next year will set a record of the longest time span of the top professional leagues in China.
Unlike the past few seasons, the training of the last official international match day cycle of the National Football Team in November next year is not scheduled after the end of the Chinese Super League, but before the last two rounds. It is also noteworthy that the planned five-stage League breaks are as short as 17 days and as long as 25 days. Such a series of arrangements are largely due to the start of Qatar World Cup Asian qualifying tournament in 2022 from next year. As Qatar World Cup finals are scheduled to be held in winter, the key stages of the Asian World Cup qualifying tournament are postponed until September next year. The Chinese Football Association has therefore extended the training cycle of the National Football Association in September, October and November to match the teams preparations for the match, and the league tournament schedule is also beneficial to alleviate the fatigue of the national football team and further safeguard the interests of the club.
Next years league tournament tightening up front and back international football most hard
As the mens football Asian qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games starts in late March next year, besides the World Cup, the national team will also participate in China Cup and East Asia Top Four competitions, so next years China Super League will arrange three mid-week competitions, in July, August and September respectively. In view of the uncertainties surrounding the prospects of the top four in the Chinese Super League for next years Asian Championship, the Chinese Football Association also intentionally arranged five alternate League days during the League season.
According to the latest calendar, the Super Cup will be held in Suzhou on February 23 next year. The new season Football Association Cup will start at the second weekend of March next year. The Chinese Super League team will not participate in the fourth round of the Football Association Cup until early May next year. Therefore, the schedule of the first half of next years Chinese Super League team is relatively relaxed. However, with the competition of league, cup and Asian Championship warming up, the teams, especially the strong teams that are expected to compete for a good place, will face a severe test in the second half of the season, when the schedule of their competitions will be very compact.
Of course, the hardest part is the international football team. This year, the National Football Team has five training sessions and nine warm-up matches. Next year, counting the Asian Cup at the beginning of last year and the East Asian Quartet at the end of the year, the National Football Association will concentrate seven times, and the time of training and competition will exceed 150 days. For most of the remaining 200 days, they will also be running for club events. For example, teams entering the FIFA Cup final will have their international football team play hard after the tournament and before the start of preparations for the East Asian Quartet. If the Chinese Super League team enters the Asian Championship Final, it will have two rounds on November 9 and 24, respectively. So its not too bad to say that the international players spend more than 90% of the year playing and training.