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Premier League and FA Consider Wembley for Summer Festival of Football

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England’s national stadium could host up to four matches a day in an effort to complete the 2019-20 season.

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We don’t exactly when football will return and what form it will take when it does, though we can say with some certainty that the Premier League, UEFA, and other stakeholders are determined to see the current season played out in some form and if it does it is almost certain to be behind closed doors.

We have also heard previously that the Premier League want like to stage a summer festival of football to complete the season, modelled after the World Cup with multiple games taking place daily and travel limited by staging them in one region with teams staying at isolated training camps in the area.

The West Midlands, with a number of viable stadiums in close proximity, was previously mooted as the most likely host region, though today there is word from The Times that London’s Wembley could be a strong contender—and in fact, that as many as four matches a day could be played there.

In such a scenario, all teams would use The FA’s national football centre at St. George’s Park as a training base while games would be played out at Wembley over a period of as little as five weeks. For most teams, that would mean two games a week and a schedule resembling the congested holiday fixture list.

However, while they continue to explore options, the league, FA, and others will avoid setting any firm plans for completing the season until widespread testing is available and “exit mechanisms” for ending the current societal lockdown start to become clear.