Premier League Project Restart timeline: Return dates and fixture schedule for EPL, FA Cup, Champions League

Premier League Project Restart timeline: Return dates and fixture schedule for EPL, FA Cup, Champions League
Premier League clubs are working towards a restart because the whole sport battles with the coronavirus pandemic.

Elite football in England has been on pause since mid-March, with both the Champions League and Europa League following suit soon after.

Liverpool are waiting to be crowned Premier League champions for the primary time, 

next season’s European competitors must be decided and therefore the relegation picture is way from clear.

Uefa are allowing all domestic seasons to make a decision their own fate, but remain hopeful of concluding both continental competitions over the summer.

Here’s how both the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League hope to end the season…

Training return
A number of Premier League clubs are already back at their training grounds; including Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will give an update on the country’s lockdown status on Sunday, May 10 and, 

subsequently, the Premier League will discuss ‘Project Restart’ the subsequent day.

Clubs have pre-empted a return by recalling their players based overseas, like Chelsea quartet Willian, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Pedro and Marcos Alonso.

The current Premier League plans, reliant on Government guidelines, will see all clubs intensify to full contact training on May 25.

Premier League return
Clubs hope to return to action on Friday, June 12, as they start playing 92 games across a seven-week period ending by July 27.

With all games set to be played behind closed doors, football bosses want fans to possess access to each game.

As such, no two matches are going to be played simultaneous in what has been dubbed a ‘World Cup-style’ event.

The Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said the return of the Premier League “would lift the spirits of the nation” 

and confirmed that a behind-closed-doors return is under “active consideration” by the govt 

TV coverage
Sky Sports and BT Sport are understood to carry broadcasting rights to 47 of the ultimate 92 games under their existing deal.

According to reports, both broadcasters could use their YouTube channels to air games for free of charge , 

while Amazon Prime has been touted as a possible third broadcaster.

FA Cup
There remains eight teams left within the FA Cup because the competition was paused before the quarter-finals.

According to reports, the ultimate seven games of the FA Cup – the four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and one final – will all be played at Wembley.

No dates are confirmed for the matches yet, but the FA final has reportedly been tentatively earmarked for August 8, though a midweek August 5 showpiece has also been mooted.

Champions League
There are 17 fixtures left during this season’s Champions League campaign, with Uefa reportedly considering playing matches every three days during August.

European football’s administration hopes to resume the Champions League and Europa League knockout stages on August 7.

Games would then be played twice every week , with the semi-finals held between August 18 and 22 before the ultimate is hosted on August 29 in Istanbul.

The next Champions League season would then start in September after a brief break.

Souyrce: REUTERS

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