The Premier League is hopeful of a potential 8 June restart and finishing at the end of July to fit in with Uefa’s European competition plans.
This,apparently, would require full training to begin by 18 May.
The Government seems broadly supportive but any restart would have to meet their approval in line with conditions at the time. A restart would involve a significant amount of testing of players and entourages of various sorts. If there is a perception that this would prejudice testing elsewhere needed, especially from essential workers.
The games would obviously be behind closed doors and there are thoughts that they would be free to air in the UK at least to stop people going to other peoples houses to watch games. Uefa have said to the European leagues that they have until 25 May to tell Uefa whether they want to complete or cancel their seasons.
There is a perceived issue around whether the preseason time is sufficient for player fitness and to help out with that Fifa announced on Monday that it would advocate the temporary introduction of up to five substitutions per team. These could be made in a maximum of three in-game slots and at half-time.
What is happening around Europe
The French government has announced that professional football cannot return in the country until September and the 2019-20 season in League 1 and 2 will therefore end immediately.
The Bundesliga is planning on restarting on the 9 May although it still needs Government ratification
In Spain football is on hold indefinitely but Spain’s national sports council has said training can resume if clubs comply with strict health protocols. Early June has been touted as a potential restart date for La Liga matches but nothing has been confirmed.
Serie A sides will be allowed to return to individual training on 4 May and team training on 18 May after the Italian prime minister announced the first steps in lifting the country’s coronavirus lockdown. There are hopes Serie A fixtures could resume between 27 May and 2 June – with an end date for the season of early August. However, there has not yet been a formal announcement on the possibility of when Serie A might resume, even behind closed doors.