This is when UEFA want the Premier League and EFL to complete the season by following their meeting on Tuesday afternoon.
UEFA have told their 55 member nations that they are hoping to complete all club fixtures left to play in the 2019-20 season before June 30, after confirming the postponement of Euro 2020 by a year.
The decision will come as good news for the likes of Coventry, Leeds, West Brom, Crewe, Swindon and Plymouth in their hopes to win promotion this term.
For majority of clubs, there are nine games left to play until the league season is concluded and, without Euro 2020, squads can remain at full strength throughout the summer with plenty of time to complete their fixtures.
On club competitions, UEFA have said the following:
– A commitment to complete all domestic and European club competitions by the end of the current sporting season, i.e. 30 June 2020 at the latest, should the situation improve and resuming playing be appropriate and prudent enough.
– Possible limitations or drops of current exclusive calendar slots, potentially resulting in the scheduling of domestic league matches in mid-week and scheduling of UEFA club competitions matches on weekends.
– Possible adaptations of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds in case of late completion of the 2019/20 sporting season, i.e. after 30 June 2020.
It is understood that members from the top six EFL clubs met on Monday and were unanimous in their desire to see the season played out before the 2020-21 campaign can begin – and reports have now suggested that the rest of the division has joined them in their stand.
Meanwhile on the Premier League, the UEFA president has set the record straight on claims Liverpool could be handed the title amid the coronavirus pandemic.
He said: “I’ve saw and heard some again fake news that Uefa will advise leagues to finish the championships now and decide that the winners are the ones who are number one now.
“I can say that it’s not true. Our goal is to finish the leagues and we didn’t recommend anything like that to any association or any league.”
This is the reaction fans gave after hearing when UEFA want the Premier League and EFL to complete the season by…
Literally zero chance.
— Jon Chalk (@Jon_Chalk1) March 18, 2020
UEFA – Euro 2020 postponed until 2021 to allow leagues to complete the season pic.twitter.com/mp1ubexS0v
— Anything Liverpool (@AnythingLFC_) March 17, 2020
but… it won't, not by then
— NathanAClark (@NathanAClark) March 17, 2020
Null and void. And start again in August simple
— Adrian O’ Callaghan (@adriancall26) March 18, 2020
Liverpool and Leeds double. The Mancs are going to be absolutely fuming.
— Kai (@TheKopSings) March 17, 2020
To be fair, the West Ham fans came out and said she doesn't speak for us and we want to finish the season
— Sabella68 (@sabella68) March 17, 2020
I think the only way that will happen is with teams playing behind closed doors, but I’d take that, whatever it takes to complete this season
— jeanette watkin (@nettyswill) March 17, 2020
— ???Anthony??? (@Anthonyje29) March 17, 2020
“All reasonable efforts.” There’s not a chance this season can be totally finished by the summer. This virus will be with us for the foreseeable and hasn’t even peaked and it’s the middle of March. Reasonable efforts must be made but it’s just impossible.
— Smiffy (@SmithyAVPaul) March 17, 2020
Didn’t they used to sell 100,000 tickets for FA cup final replays in about 4 days in the 80’s?
— Gary Manser (@Gazm1971) March 17, 2020
Sounds class to me miss that weather at the football
— Chrissy Martin (@ChrisMartindcfc) March 17, 2020
sssshhhhhh say it in ur head. i need my promotion party ??
— Tommy Leeds (@DonMarceloLUFC) March 17, 2020
As long as we’re up and running by the end of may it should be fine
— Liam Rumsey (@LiamRumsey64) March 17, 2020