FIFA are set to confirm they will extend the 2019/20 season “indefinitely” due to the coronavirus crisis.
The Athletic report the football governing body will allow each country’s football authority to determine when campaigns can finish.
They will also alter the dates of the summer transfer window and allow contract extensions for players whose deals expire on June 30.
The plans will be revealed in the next 48 hours with FIFA allowing maximum flexibility as they are aware the coronavirus situation in each country is very different.
The Premier League has reiterated their desire to ensure the 2019/20 season is finished and this news will be music to their ears.
It will certainly be a massive boost to Liverpool - who are on the brink of winning their first ever Premier League title.
While the decision from the highest authority in football does not take null and void off the table, it “considerably reduces the chances of seasons being cancelled altogether.”
Of course, extending the current campaign will have a knock-on effect for the football calendar for the foreseeable future.
When will next season start again? Will next season be finished in time for Euro 2021?
And then there's the situation with players' contracts. The report states that FIFA will "allow contract extensions for players whose contracts expire on June 30."
But what if players don't want to sign those? What if they already have agreements with other clubs?
There are many issues to be sorted out over the coming months but one thing is for sure, the football authorities are desperate to finish the 2019/20 season.
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