With the suspensions of Mexico, Brazil and Ecuador, there are fewer active soccer leagues in America, despite the coronavirus pandemic that killed more than 6,000 people worldwide.
This weekend, Liga MX, the Brazilian Soccer Confederation – the governing body of tournaments in Brazil – and Liga Pro in Ecuador decided to stop as a form of virus containment.
In all three cases, the pressure from soccer players took effect, especially in South American countries, annoyed at having to put their health at risk.
Although there are still six countries with active soccer on the continent, it is expected that more leagues will continue to close this week, given the advance of the deadly virus.
Here are the six countries that still have active tournaments on the continent.
Costa Rica: Deportivo Saprissa is leader with 33 points, after tying one with Pérez Zeledón on date 15.
Schedule 16 is scheduled for next week. The Costa Rican is a twelve club tournament.
Guatemala: Communications continues to command the National League by defeating Municipal 3-0 on Sunday on the 13th.
Matchday 14 would take place next weekend. The Guatemalan championship is twelve teams.
Nicaragua: Diriangén assumed the top of the Nicaraguan first division, after defeating Real Estelí 2-0: he reached 17 points, after Managua’s draw to one against Municipal Jalapa.
The tournament is ten teams and the date nine would be played this Wednesday.
Argentina: In the Argentine Soccer Association there is a debate on whether to play behind closed doors or to suspend the Super League Cup, the current competition in dispute.
The powerful River Plate did not want to play this weekend to prevent its footballers from suffering the effects of the coronavirus: the rest of the clubs did not support him.
The President of the Republic, Alberto Fernández, suggested that the teams take action behind closed doors and that the channels open their broadcasts to the public.
Bolivia: The Strongest is the leader of the Bolivian championship, after beating Aurora 2-1 on matchday 12.
The Tigers have 21 points, with the same amount as Always Ready but with a better goal difference.
Date 13 is scheduled for next weekend. The league has 14 teams.
Chile: Everything continues in the Chilean first division, with Universidad Católica at the head.
The Crusaders defeated Cobresal 1-0 on Saturday, reaching 19 points. This Monday follows date eight, and the ninth begins on Thursday.
The austral tournament has 18 clubs.
Recall that the parties that were suspended over the weekend –Palestino vs. Universidad de Chile and Colo Colo vs. Santiago Wanderers- were motivated by the social protests that still shake the nation.
Tournaments suspended by the coronavirus in America
Until now, in the Concacaf: Panama, El Salvador, United States, Canada, Mexico.
In the Conmebol: Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador.