All league teams are authorized to start group training in Spain

MADRID: All clubs in the Spanish league can start group training sessions this week despite stricter blocking restrictions that remain in place in parts of Spain for him coronavirus pandemic.

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

the league has told clubs that on Monday all players can start small group sessions regardless of the lockdown phase in their regions. Players had only been allowed to train individually across Spain until now.

the Spanish government has been gradually easing lockdown restrictions that had been in place since mid-March for him pandemic, with different levels of clearances from region to region. Teams in Madrid and Barcelona theoretically would not be allowed to start training in groups if the government hadn't 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.

Barcelona showed on Sunday that the team's training center was disinfected, with workers in protective suits spraying the locker room and even what appeared to be the players' football boots.

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 tested daily for 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 in empty stadiums. The government said that the media will be allowed on the site, but it was unclear if it was only referring to broadcasting organizations. The media have been unable to attend training sessions.

the Bundesliga This weekend it became the first major soccer league to resume.

More than 27,000 people have died with COVID-19 in hard-hit Spain . Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez On Saturday he said he will ask Parliament for what he hopes will be the latest extension of the state of emergency.