K League fans allowed to return

K League has announced that fans will once again be able to attend matches from Friday the 16th October with crowds of up to 25% capacity to be permitted.

K League has announced that fans will once again be able to attend matches from Friday the 16th October with crowds of up to 25% capacity to be permitted.

K League is allowing fans to attend matches after the South Korean government loosened COVID-19 restrictions. The league said fans could return with strict social distancing and virus prevention measures in place.

Tickets are only available online while allocated seating will ensure supporters can enjoy the match whilst being separated from other fans. Fans will log their entry at the ground using a QR code system.

Masks must be worn, and fans will have their temperature checked upon entry to the ground. Alcohol and food is prohibited with water and soft drink being the only items that can be sold inside stadiums.

K League has also said that fans are not permitted to shout or chant – supporters must follow the guidelines in K League’s COVID-19 prevention manual.

Sections of the stadium usually reserved for away fans will be opened up for home supporters. Travelling supporters will not be able to attend as K League does not want the virus being spread on public transport.

The K League season stated in May behind closed doors. From August small numbers of fans were allowed to attend games, starting at 10% before increasing to 25%. A rise in COVID-19 cases then meant that the government enforced stricter restrictions, once again banning fans from attending matches.

“The K League, along with each individual club, is committed to its common goal of operating a safe league and will continue to implement thorough quarantine rules in accordance with the manual,” K League said in a statement.

The first match that fans will be able to attend is the K League 1 Round 25 fixture between Gangwon FC and Incheon United.


Daniel Foley is a sports junior journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy and micro industry matters.

DAZN Canada secures exclusive rights to UEFA national team matches

Global sports streaming platform DAZN has announced a multi-year, exclusive rights deal for its Canadian arm to stream the UEFA Nations League, European Qualifiers and International friendlies for the next six years.

The deal will come into effect from June 1 this year and runs until 2028, streaming the following competitions:

  • UEFA Nations League 2022/23, 2024/25, and 2026/27 inc. UEFA Nations League Finals 2023, 2025 and 2027
  • European Qualifiers to UEFA EURO 2024 and UEFA EURO 2028
  • European Qualifiers to 2026 FIFA World Cup
  • International Friendlies
  • Finalissima Match in 2022 and 2024

DAZN Canada currently streams the English Premier League, the UEFA Champions League, Major League Soccer, and other sports including the United States’ Major Football League and various combat sports.

The deal includes a minimum of 57 national team matches between now and 2028 for top European nations including England, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and France.

“We’re excited to bring more soccer to DAZN subscribers in Canada via another package of premium UEFA competitions,” Norm Lem, SVP, DAZN Canada told dazn.com.

“Alongside both UEFA Men’s and Women’s Champions League as well as UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League, this multitude of UEFA National Team matches will give fans an even bigger library of live soccer to enjoy on DAZN in Canada.”

Football Queensland launches FQ Coaches Club Pilot Program

Football Queensland has announced the launch of the FQ Coaches Club, a brand new initiative designed to provide additional support and development opportunities for community coaches.

Upskilling more coaches to give them greater chance of success in local and community clubs is a priority of FQ and football across the country.

“Improving accessibility of coach development opportunities is crucial in order to support the growth of the game, especially at the community level,” FQ General Manager – Football and State Technical Director Gabor Ganczer told Football Queensland

“Coaches play a primary role in shaping the experiences of participants, so the FQ Coaches Club will not only benefit the coaches involved by providing them with an additional level of support but will also ultimately lead to better outcomes for community clubs and players.” 

FQ Club Development Ambassador – Head of Coaching Davide Bertamini echoed Ganczer’s statements.

“The FQ Coaches Club provides a valuable opportunity for community coaches, Club Coach Coordinators and those who have recently completed a C Licence to gain extra advice and support, with a key focus on session design and delivery,” he said to Football Queensland.

“The informal workshop format of the FQ Coaches Club will allow coaches in attendance to be grouped in order to receive tailored guidance based on the age and level of the players they’re coaching.  

“Coach developers from Football Queensland and from various clubs will deliver the FQ Coaches Club sessions in a pilot program across South East Queensland before the program is expanded into regional parts of the state. 

“We look forward to welcoming coaches from across the game to our upcoming sessions which kick off next week.”

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