The Ukrainian Premier League plans to start a new season in August. Dynamo Kiev will have to play in the champions league qualifiers on July 10 or 20 against Fenerbahce of Turkey.

Shakhtar qualified directly for the Champions League group stage from September, in part because UEFA expelled Russian clubs, such as Zénit, from their competitions.

Sports director Darijo Srna told the media this month that Shakhtar will have a squad made up mostly of Ukrainian youth. For the past 15 years, the club had a base of Brazilian footballers.

FIFA also amended a rule related to the protection of minors.

“Those who leave Ukraine with their parents to other countries because of the armed conflict” will be exempted from the provision that prevents international transfers of players before they reach the age of 18, he said.

Seeking to help Ukrainian clubs during Russia’s invasion, FIFA on Tuesday extended emergency labor rules for foreign players and coaches.

According to the governing body of world football, foreign players and coaches will be able to suspend their employment contracts until June 30, 2023.

FIFA’s decision seeks to provide greater security and legal clarity by allowing its staff to leave through assignments in the midst of an uncertain war conflict.

Fifa’s emergency measures in March made it easier for foreign employees to suspend their contracts in Ukraine and Russia during the season that just ended.