J.LEAGUE announced the start of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing on all registered players in the league, officials, etc., prior to the resume/start of the MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE, MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE and MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE, using saliva.
The PCR testing will be done as one measure to reduce the risk of infection as much as possible on the pitch, given the competitive nature of football which involves physical contact. The J.LEAGUE will establish a testing center managed by the league and a specialized organization will do the testing about every two weeks until the end of the season in December. Only those who are tested negative in the most recent PCR test designated by the league will be eligible for entry to the matches.
■Overview of PCR testing
- To whom:
Registered players/team staff in all 56 J.clubs, registered referees, etc.
Friday 19 June 2020 to end of December (*exceptional testing done on 18 July)
- Number of samples:
Up to 3850 per once (up to 60 per team/up to 100 per referees and other officials)
- Disclose of results:
1. number of tests conducted
2. number of tested positive
*The testing will be conducted on the premise that it does not cause any inconvenience to the public and medical care.