Yesterday, after meeting with the various leagues and federations, UEFA resolved to seeing the 2019-20 season completed—but they set a soft deadline of June 30th for doing so. Today, England’s leagues went a step further.
After a meeting of the FA, Premier League, EFL, Women’s Super League, and players’ and managers’ associations, the consensus was that the 2019-20 season must be completed no matter when games can resume.
“We are united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019-20 season,” read a statement from The FA, “and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe to do so.”
They further acknowledged that, roughly in line with UEFA’s June 30th goal, The FA’s regulations outline that the season must be completed by July 1st when television contracts roll over and player contracts expire.
However, in agreement with all parties involved in today’s meeting, The FA has agreed to waive the July 1st deadline and extend it indefinitely. We may not know when the season will resume, but we now know for certain that it will.
Meanwhile, The FA stated that all parties have agreed to push back the potential restart date of the season by a month, stating that games will now not be played until the end of April at the very earliest:
“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. Additionally, we have collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than 30 April.”