Luis Rubiales announced this noon at the RFEF Assembly the news released by SPORT on October 25th. He will call elections in the first half of the year.
As we explained then, the Olympic year is when elections are to take place in the Olympic federations. This is established by the Royal Decree regulating the electoral processes of the Sports Federations, and in its article 2 it adds that these "electoral processes must begin within the first four months of the year"; although it includes an exception for federations participating in the summer Olympic event that may conduct this electoral process "within two months of its completion". Situation in which initially the RFEF would be, as we explained at the time at SPORT, when participating in the Tokyo Games with the U21 team after its recent European Championship in Italy last summer. So according to the regulations, there would be no reason to call elections by October 2020.
However, as we move forward in this newspaper, Luis Rubiales will call elections as early as 2020 and the first half of the year, still an Olympic federation.
We already explained that there was a precedent in the city of football of this situation with Angel María Villar as president of RFEF. It was in 2012 and also the Federation had a similar situation to the current one. In the first six months of the year, I had two major events: the Eurocup of Nations with the absolute selection and the Summer Olympics.
Moreover, it is not the only precedent for this change of election dates. CSD authorized this change of criteria for up to ten transgaming.orgs federations in 2008 and 2012, such as motortransgaming.org, baseball, softball, bowling, colombophilia, tennis, all in 2008, as well as basketball and swimming in 2012.