The Premier League hopes to complete the 2019/20 season this summer which would mean the 2020/21 campaign can start, as scheduled, on August 8.
Plans have been drawn up to resume top-flight matches from June 1 and complete all fixtures in a six-week period, ahead of the August 8 start of the new Premier League season.
Earlier this week football chiefs in England agreed to extend the 2019/20 season ‘indefinitely’ given all football has been suspended until at least the end of April due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Over 5,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the United Kingdom, with the latest statistics showing 233 deaths.
There are fears the ongoing pandemic may mean football returning at the end of April is extremely optimistic, and the Premier League has started formulating plans over how the season can be ended to avoid a possible financial disaster.
According to The Telegraph, the aim is to resume games from June 1 with all matches played in a six-week period up to July 11 – exactly four weeks before the start of the 2020/21 campaign.
This plan also includes completing all FA Cup matches, with the competition postponed ahead of the quarter-final round.
According to the report all matches will be played behind closed doors, and the government would need to ‘sanction the presence of emergency crews’ within stadiums.
The June 1 plan is understood to comply with broadcasting requirements for both this and next season, as that campaign would be allowed to begin on time. This would avoid any possible financial disaster which has been rumoured were the season be declared null and void and go unfinished.
Premier League’s plan to finish 2019/20 season
- Matches resume from June 1 and are played in six-week timeframe
- All games, including remaining FA Cup fixtures, completed four weeks before start of 2020/21 campaign
- Every match played behind closed doors with government needing to sanction presence of emergency crews
- 2020/21 season starts, as scheduled, on Saturday, August 8
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