New competition start date

Arnhem, August 13, 2020 – The Supervisory Board of the BENE-League and the Manager of the BENE-League, after consultation, have decided to start the 2020/2021 BENE-League championship on the weekend of 10 / October 11, 2020.
In order to determine a new championship start date for the BENE-League of Handball, the Supervisory Board of the BENE-League had asked the national federations to formulate various possible scenarios taking into account both health and the possibility of playing. the BENE-League.
On the basis of the various proposals, the managers of the BENE-League of Handball have decided as follows:

  1. Different scenarios will apply. If the first scenario is not applicable depending on the evolution of the COVID-19 situation, the next scenario will automatically be taken into account, unless the circumstances do not allow it.
  2. The BENE-League will start on the weekend of 10/11 October. This corresponds to the Belgian request for postponement of matches and allows the Netherlands to launch a national championship if they wish.
  3. If the current situation in Belgium is not sufficiently normalized (a formal Go-No-Go meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 2, 2020), the start of the BENE-League will be postponed to a weekend in the second fortnight. of the month of November. In this case, the Netherlands can, if they wish, finish their national championship. It is also possible to play in a league in Belgium (for example, for the Belgian Cup).
  4. If it turns out that the situation on November 1 of COVID-19 is such that the BENE-League cannot start in November, a scenario with a start in January will be taken into account. An exact date will not yet be determined, as the international calendar will probably also be adapted.
  5. Currently, the Final Four is still on the program and will determine the champion. If this is not possible, the officials of the BENE-League will decide later.
  6. Considering the current situation around COVID-19 with all its uncertainties, it is nevertheless possible that other decisions should be taken in the future for the BENE-League of Handball.