Premier League plan to restart season behind closed doors in July and finish within six weeks

The Premier League could make a return in July

The FA, Premier League and English Football League are planning to finish the 2019/20 season behind closed doors in July. 

This campaign has been derailed by the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen almost all sporting events across the world either cancelled or postponed. 

According to Football.London, the latest idea is to complete all the remaining English football fixtures in a four to six week period over the summer. 

The emphasis is currently on finishing the campaign to avoid potential complications that come with an unfinished competition.

Those include clubs losing hundreds of millions of pounds in revenue and knock-on effects in terms of European qualification, promotion and relegation. 

Per Football.London's report, the current lockdown period in Britain is set to end on April 13 and clubs are hopeful conditions will be relaxed after that date, to allow players back to training. 

All fixtures are currently suspended until April 30, but it's likely there will be further postponements at this stage. 

Unless the coronavirus situation worsens in the UK, the Premier League views a July restart as viable.  

The Premier League could restart in July

However, that would then take players almost straight into the new season. 

According to the report, there are plans to make some allowances to try and help clubs and their stars cope with what would essentially be an extended 2020/21 season. 

Those could include cancelling cup replays or even scrapping the League Cup and EFL Trophy. 

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The next Premier League meeting is scheduled to take place on Friday, April 3 and clubs could be told about any potential start date then. 

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