English football’s governing bodies have confirmed that there will be no professional football in England until at least 30 April.
While they have reiterated their collective determination to complete current campaigns at all levels, no date for a resumption of action has been set.
Room to complete the 2020/21 season has been made possible by the decision to postpone Euro 2020 for one year.
The Guardian also reports that Fifa and continental governing body across the world are joining forces to discuss the relaxing of normal player registration rules if seasons need to run past 30 June. Player contracts usually run until that date so it’s obviously an issue that needs to be solved from a legal standpoint.
A joint statement released this afternoon by the FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, says:
We are united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019/20 football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.
We have collectively supported UEFA in postponing EURO 2020 to create space in the calendar to ensure domestic and European club league and cup matches have an increased opportunity to be played and, in doing so, maintain the integrity of each competition.
The FA’s Rules and Regulations state that “the season shall terminate not later than the 1 June” and “each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season”.
However, The FA’s Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019/20 season in relation to Professional Football.
Additionally, we have collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than 30 April.
The progress of COVID-19 remains unclear and we can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority. We will continue to follow Government advice and work collaboratively to keep the situation under review and explore all options available to find ways of resuming the season when the conditions allow.
We would all like to re-emphasise that our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19.