The Premier League has plans in the pipeline that would see the season resume on June 12, targeting a finish to the campaign by the end of July.
The 2019-20 season was suspended on March 13 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, but the Premier League’s restart date has remained in some doubt without a clear end to the lockdown in place.
A report by The Times published Monday revealed Premier League powers will meet on May 11—one day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to uncover the United Kingdom’s lockdown exit measures—with a view to resuming full-contact training on May 25.
The Premier League would hope to resume on June 12 and wrap up the current campaign by July 27. Players would then have one week’s vacation before reporting for the 2020-21 pre-season on August 3 (via Anfield Watch):
A total of 92 Premier League games are left to be played this season, with Liverpool sitting 25 points ahead of Manchester City and requiring just six points to wrap up their first top-flight title since 1990.
Health secretary Matt Hancock said at a press briefing on Monday that the UK’s coronavirus death tally had risen by 288 in the previous 24 hours. That figure is the lowest daily increase in more than a month, although numbers of deaths have generally been lower on the weekends.
The Premier League’s restart programme is planned to take place behind closed doors at neutral venues, but BBC Sport’s Simon Stone wrote “a growing number” of clubs—mostly those near the bottom of the table—were against the idea of giving up home advantage unless relegation was ruled out.
Dan Kilpatrick of the Evening Standard reported top-flight players would be consulted on the season continuing before any plans are confirmed:
The FA Cup is in the quarter-final stage and hopes to be completed by August 8, according to the planned schedule, with all seven remaining games to be played at Wembley Stadium.
European competition appears to be a second priority behind the domestic seasons, and it could be that two-legged ties are reduced to a single decider match to streamline the run-in.
The UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League campaigns for 2019-20 may not reach a conclusion until after the 2020-21 Premier League season is already underway.