Premier League Project Restart: Return date, TV fixture schedule latest for EPL, FA Cup and Champions League

Premier League Project Restart: Return date, TV fixture schedule latest for EPL, FA Cup and Champions League
Premier League clubs are working towards a restart because the whole sport battles with the corona-virus 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
Premier League clubs voted unanimously for contact training to return, with clubs beginning ‘Phase Two’ from May 28 onwards.

Government guidelines on contact training stress the necessity for “meticulous, time and date sensitive, 

written records of player groups and interactions” to be kept to enable effective tracing should a private test positive.

Further progress was made with the third round of coronavirus testing, results of which were confirme don May 30, which saw zero positive test results.

It is expected that twice-weekly testing will continue instead of be ramped up further, 

and therefore the proposals will include what to try to to within the event of a positive test once contact training has restarted.

Premier League return

Clubs have agreed to return to action on June 17, beginning with the 2 outstanding match day 29 games.

Manchester City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield United will kick-off in midweek to bring all 20 top-flight teams to nine games remaining.

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 simultaneously 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 .

A YouGov poll released on May 12 revealed that nearly three-quarters of individuals wouldn’t be buoyed by the return of elite football, with just 19% “pleased” at the prospect.

Standard Sport can confirm that over half Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham, opposed neutral venues. 

TV coverage

The remaining 92 games of the season will all be broadcast survive TV, with Amazon Prime and BBC winning rights along side regular broadcasters Sky Sports and BT Sport.

BBC will broadcast four games, for the primary time in history, adding to an extra 25 from Sky Sports to be shown free-to-air.

Domestic and international broadcasters are demanding a rebate of roughly £340million if the season is completed behind closed doors 

and clubs were expected to contest the figure and clash over individual shares, with the ‘Big Six’, who are on TV more often, potentially facing bigger bills.

The figure is roughly half the £762m which will flow from if the 92 remaining fixtures can’t be completed, 

but there’s optimism that the balance might be offset by variety of creative measures for screening matches, like cameras in dressing rooms.

Plans are for up to a moment of footage to be aired from changing rooms pre-match, at half-time and post-match, although the latter would only be for the winning team.

Among other plans were for managers to wear microphones on match days, 

but fears over unsuitable language and therefore the threat of sanctions towards managers mean that concept has been scrapped, so, too, constant filming of the dugout and technical areas.

FA Cup

Following hot on the heels of the Premier League’s confirmed resumption date, the FA announced a provisional date of June 27-28 for the quarter-finals.

FA Cup holders Manchester City face Newcastle as they appear to stay their bid for yet one more domestic cup trophy on target , 

while Chelsea battle Leicester, Norwich City combat Manchester United and Arsenal meet Sheffield United.

The semi-finals will happen across the weekend of July 18-19, with the ultimate on Lammas 

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 reportedly 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.

Championship, League One and Two

The Championship season will resume on June 20.

Relegation are going to be retained altogether three divisions of the EFL should the season not be completed, under proposals to be voted through this month. 

Having consulted clubs on proposals first laid out earlier this month, the EFL are pressing ahead with plans to vote through a regulation change on June 8.

Decisions on curtailment are going to be taken by each individual division, meaning the vote should allow League Two to press ahead 

with finalising the standings for his or her season, after a majority of clubs pushed to chop short the present season.

League Two clubs had moved to abolish relegation, but goodbye because the National League give notice that they’re going to start subsequent season 

and, thus, those relegated will have somewhere to play, it’ll be maintained so as to preserve the integrity of the game .

No decision has yet been made on curtailment united One.


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