Academy football postponed

The numbers are rising. The coronavirus pandemic still has a tight grip on life all over the world. Recent developments have forced the German government to introduce new restrictions on Wednesday, 28 October. One of these restrictions is the nationwide prohibition of amateur and recreational sport as of Monday, 2 November. Clubs are no longer allowed to train in groups and the fixture calendar has been brought to halt, just as it was earlier in the year when the first wave of infections broke out and forced the associations to cancel the ongoing season. 

"People’s health is of top priority!" 

Due to these strict measures, the respective state football associations have responded by postponing the current season until further notice and at least until 30 November 2020. This is the case for the North German Football Association (NOFV; U23, U16 and U15), the German Football Association (DFB; U19 and U17) and the Berlin Football Association (BFV; all teams below U15). This means that all eleven Hertha BSC academy teams are affected by the cancellation. "Obviously this is hugely disappointing for every single footballer – it’s no different for us and our lads. Nevertheless we are one hundred percent behind these regulations – people’s health is of top priority, especially in times like these," said academy director Benjamin Weber. How and when exactly junior and academy football will restart is not clear at the moment and will be communicated in the coming weeks following talks between the associations and the authorities.