The FIH discussed coronavirus countermeasures during its latest Executive Board meeting ©FIH

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) discussed safeguarding measures and precautions due to be implemented when the Pro League season resumes next month during the latest virtual meeting of its Executive Board.

The FIH Pro League is set to resume after an enforced break because of the coronavirus pandemic with men's and women's matches between Germany and Belgium in Düsseldorf on September 22.

A series of measures, being developed by the National Associations and the FIH, will be applied to ensure games can be held safely amid the COVID-19 crisis.

They will include creating "zones" to separate those involved in matches, social distancing of substitutes and coaching staff and regular disinfecting of equipment.

The FIH Pro League is due to resume next month ©Getty Images
The FIH Pro League is due to resume next month ©Getty Images

"The precautions that will be implemented are based on the Government guidelines of both nations, designed to ensure that players, umpires, team staff, broadcasters and everyone involved in the planning and delivery of the matches can do so as safely as possible," the FIH said.

A total of 18 Pro League matches have been scheduled by the FIH in September and October, with the remaining 76 due to be held between January and June next year.

It means some teams competing in the second edition of the Pro League will not resume their campaigns until 2021.

The Executive Board also formally confirmed the dates of its Congress, postponed to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Congress, which includes the Presidential election, has been scheduled for May 18 to 23.