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Netherlands won’t have soccer until at least September

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 1: (L-R) Sergino Dest of Ajax, Oussama Idrissi of AZ Alkmaar during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax v AZ Alkmaar at the Johan Cruijff Arena on March 1, 2020 in Amsterdam Netherlands (Photo by Soccrates/Getty Images)

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Professional sports and all major events have been banned in the Netherlands through Sept. 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

That sound you hear is the bell tolling for the Eredivisie season, though UEFA still has to formalize the move. Dutch clubs are not alive in the Champions League or Europa League, and the nation’s federation says the ruling goes against closed door games, too.

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Ajax and AZ Alkmaar will finish the season with 56 points and Champions League places, while Feyenoord goes to the Europa League. Utrecht and Feyenoord will decide the KNVB Cup at a later date.

The UCL and UEL are going to be messy next year for leagues like the Eredivisie, which have qualifying playoffs.

There are a number of American prospects on top Dutch teams, headlined by USMNT right back Sergino Dest at Ajax (though he’s a man in demand). This list also includes Chris Gloster (PSV Eindhoven), Haji Wright (VVV Venlo), and Desevio Payne (Emmen).