Premier League officials will outline plans to start next season in mid-September to clubs in a meeting between shareholder’s this week, regardless of the outcome of the current campaign.
Talks are continuing over the resumption of the suspended Premier League season with clubs set to vote on a return to close-contact training today, with hopes high over a return to action behind-closed-doors next month.
Any return for the Premier League season will see the remaining 92 fixtures played over a short time period, the league’s authorities keen to determine a fixed date for the beginning of next season in a bid to avoid further disruptions to the footballing calendar – clubs set to owe an extra £36m for every week the season goes beyond July 16.
According to the Mail, the Premier League are keen for the 2020/21 season to begin on the weekend of September 12-13, news which is likely to increase the prospect of the current season being curtailed should there be further delays in the division’s ‘Project Restart’ plans.
Many within football have called for next season to be delayed until a conclusion can be found for the current campaign, though there is reportedly ‘no appetite’ from the Premier League for a further delay, the governing bodies keen to ensure English football remains in line with the rest of Europe.
Germany’s Bundesliga has already returned to action and the league will complete its third round of behind-closed-doors fixtures on Wednesday evening, whilst Spain’s La Liga is set to resume on June 11.
Italy’s Serie A have set a deadline of August 20 for the season to be completed – ahead of the scheduled beginning of the new campaign on September 1 – whilst France’s Ligue 1 is due to start August 22 after curtailing their current season.
UEFA are also working on plans to finish both the Champions League and Europa League over the summer months, with the finals for Europe’s leading competitions scheduled for August 26 and 29.
The Premier League will now outline plans for clubs to begin the new season in September, a decision which leaves little room to manoeuvre should restart plans suffer further delays, England’s leading clubs yet to return to full-contact training ahead of an anticipated return to action on June 19 or June 26.