All league teams are authorized to start group training in Spain

MADRID: All the clubs in the Spanish league. You can start group training sessions this week despite the tighter blocking restrictions that are maintained in some parts of Spain due to the coronavirus pandemic .

Cities like Madrid and Barcelona have not been allowed to loosen their containment measures like most of the country, but teams like Real Madrid and Barcelona have been given the go-ahead to move on to the second phase of training.

The league has told clubs that all players can start small group sessions on Monday regardless of the closing phase in their regions. Players have only been able to train individually in Spain until now.

The Spanish government has gradually relaxed the blockade restrictions that had been in place since mid-March due to the pandemic, with different levels of authorization from one region to another. Theoretically, teams in Madrid and Barcelona would not be allowed to start training in groups if the government had not created exceptions.

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Teams in regions with stricter restrictions will be able to practice with 10 players in the same session, while clubs in areas with less restrictions can use up to 14 players. Teams in the latter regions can also make greater use of their facilities, reaching up to 50% of their capacity. The rest of the clubs can only use up to 30% of the facilities.

Group meetings between players and the coaching staff are also allowed in some regions if the distancing guidelines still apply, and referees can now train at sports facilities.

The next phase of training will allow clubs to start the full team sessions.

Clubs and players have been asked to follow strict health safety guidelines during training. Players, club employees, and everyone else involved in training sessions should be evaluated daily to COVID-19 . Five players from teams in the first and second divisions tested positive before the individual practice sessions resumed.

The league wants to resume on June 12 with games on empty stadiums, though the media is expected to fill the games on the site. The media have been unable to attend the practice sessions.

The Bundesliga this weekend became the first main soccer league to resume. More than 27,000 people have died with COVID-19 in hard-hit Spain. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Saturday said he will ask Parliament for what he hopes will be the last extension of the state of emergency.