When Will The Premier League Resume Play? The Latest EPL Developments And News
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On Monday, March 9, Leicester City defeated Aston Villa 4-0 in what’s become the final match of the 2019-20 Premier League season. Since then fixtures have been postponed as a precautionary measure due to the coronavirus outbreak. But when will the Premier League resume?
At the earliest, the Premier League is scheduled to resume after Thursday, April 30, following a conference call between the EPL, English Football League and Professional Footballers' Association last Friday to further discuss fixtures and finances. However, chances of the EPL starting again in May appear extremely remote at this point, and the rumored target date is now actually June 1.
The FA said it had "extended indefinitely" the date for the season to conclude, so no hardline has been given by the leagues as to when the season must be concluded, but the plan calls for the season to be completed in six weeks followed by the start of the 2020-21 campaign on August 8.
The league’s having an ongoing dialogue with broadcast partners and remains bullish about completing the campaign, but players aren’t due to reconvene with their clubs anytime soon with the possibility of coronavirus precautions again being ramped up.
The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA are committed to finding ways of resuming the 2019/20 football season as soon as it is safe and possible to do so
— Premier League (@premierleague) March 19, 2020
However, the financial might of the Premier League allows it to seriously consider finishing the season behind closed doors without fearing an unsustainable loss in match-day revenue.
The broadcast partners are key, and they certainly want to see a full and complete season in line with their current contracts. (This is the second season of three-year broadcast deals worth $10.73 billion.)
With this summer’s international plate of football postponed until 2021, there’s an extended period of time to complete the European season. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has almost made it clear that the current season must be finished.
“I’ve seen and heard some again fake news that UEFA will advise leagues to finish the championships now and decide that the winners are the ones who are No. 1 now,” Ceferin said. “I can say that it’s not true. Our goal is to finish the leagues and we didn’t recommend anything like that to any association or league.”
There are 92 remaining matches in the 2019-20 Premier League season (all clubs have completed either 28 or 29 of their 38 fixtures) with Liverpool holding a 25-point lead at the top over Manchester City. The more interesting storylines are the race for the Champions League (fourth-place Chelsea is three points above fifth-place Manchester United) and the relegation battle (Bournemouth is in 18th by virtue of goal difference but level on points with both 17th-place Watford and 16th-place West Ham).