Serie A will resume on June 20 after the Italian government gave its approval on Thursday.
The Italian Serie A was the first of Europe’s top five leagues to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with games being postponed and played behind closed doors before the league was halted completely in March.
However, following a brief and decisive conference meeting featuring Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora, a decision to resume the top-flight league [Serie A] in Italy was taken.
“It was a very useful meeting and, as we had said from the start, football was always going to resume when we had the conditions to ensure safety and the committee gave the go-ahead to the protocol,” said Spadafora.
“Italy is getting back on track and it is only fair that football should too. The committee agreed with the protocol, but confirmed the absolute necessity for a quarantine period if a player tests positive.
“We also received guarantees the process of player testing will not affect or detract from the general population’s access to testing in any way.”
The Italian Football Federation will decide on the time frames for Serie A matches but it is expected that teams will play every three days across three different time slots: at 5pm, 7.15pm, and 9.30pm (Italian time).