NFF has asked the authorities to review four trial matches with 2500 spectators

Start.FootballKristiansand. Starts Eirik Schulze.Photo: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB scanpix

Norway’s Football Association(NFF) has set forward four trial matches where it is possible to open for 2500 spectators, writes Aftenposten.

This came forward in a letter that the news agency received access too. Norway’s Football Association, Women’s Top Football , and Norsk Toppfotball are the senders of the letter that is addressed to the Minister of Culture and Minister of Health and Care Services.

For the time being, only 200 spectators are being allowed per match for reasons of infection control. Norway’s Football Association is now hoping to open the way further by conducting test matches where a significantly higher amount of spectators are allowed. 

Further measures will be taken to limit the danger of the spread of infection in addition to the current regulations that are in place in the widely discussed NFF protocol. 

Four Matches

According to Aftenposten, the top league matches between Rosenborg and Vålerenga at Lerkendal on the 14th of August is the first match the NFF would like to use as a trial. The other three are elite league matches between Start and Vålerenga in Kristiansand on the 17th of August, 1st division match between Kongsvinger and Lillestrøm on the 25th of August, and Brann’s meet with Strømsgodset on the 29th of August.

Similar trials have been conducted in Danish football and the last match had a dramatic increase in spectators. Recently, 7000 spectators were allowed into the stands when AGF met Ståle Solbakken’s FC Copenhagen.

In recent times, there has been an effort to set up a similar model here in Norway. 

-” We have a strong desire to see this happen, but  we have to wait on what the health authorities eventually say. We are maybe naively optimistic, but we really want this to happen.”, Said Hege Jørgensen of Women’s Top Football to Aftenposten.

Ongoing Process

Recently, NFF’s Competition Director, Nils Fisketjønn, has confirmed that a process is underway with the authorities to increase the amount of spectators allowed on Norwegian stands.

-” We have written two letters to the authorities and asked for a meeting to discuss the possibilities for more spectators. First 500, then more afterwards.”, he said to NTB. 

Denmark is expecting full stands when the next Super League Season kicks off this autumn.

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