South America countries waive quarantine periods for football teams

South America countries waive quarantine periods for football teams

The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) on Friday announced that that teams travelling around the continent to compete in club competitions do not need to quarantine for 14 days before playing matches.

The announcement follows a virtual meeting between Conmebol and national governments. 

The Copa Libertadores, South America’s equivalent of the Champions League, and the Copa Sudamericana, akin to the Europa League, are to restart on September 15 and October 27, respectively, with 64 teams from 10 nations taking part.

The governing body added that competing teams will be allowed to spend a maximum of 72 hours in another country and must restrict their movements to only go between airport, hotel, training ground and stadium.

Questions had been asked about the logistics of restarting the continental tournaments as some countries are still enforcing quarantine measures to foreigners and limiting movement from outside their borders. 

Conmebol also ratified FIFA's new rule that allows five substitutions per game was ratified for both the Libertadores and Sudamericana.

South America has been hit hard by the new coronavirus pandemic, with more than 4 million cases and almost 150,000 deaths.