European Club competitions eye June finish

UEFA want all their domestic leagues to have been completed by June 30.

All player contracts expire as of July 1, meaning that playing beyond this point would logistically be hugely difficult.

Now UEFA has stated they want them done within that time-scale.

A statement from UEFA says: “It is hoped the current situation improves enough for play to resume to see a finish to the season exactly a month after the original end date of May 30.”

The statement goes on to say there may be ‘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.’

It also states that adaptations of the 2020/21 Champions League and Europa League qualifying rounds which ordinarily begin in July, will likely be made.

England’s controlling bodies confirmed a likely June finish, after issuing joint statement.

“The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, understand we are in unprecedented times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19.

“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.”

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