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English Clubs Reportedly Targeting Early June Return to Action

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The Premier League and Championship could return on June 6th if things go according to plan.

Liverpool FC v Southampton FC - Premier League Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Following rumours of the Premier League looking at either the West Midlands or to Wembley for a summer festival of football that seeks to play out the remainder of the 2019-20 season behind closed doors, we now have word of a potential target date.

According to ESPN, June 6th is the day the league—as well as the Championship and League One and Two—are targeting for a re-start, with an all teams meeting set for this Friday to discuss a potential timeline that would allow them to hit that target date.

Further, the English Football League at least are said to be targeting a mid-May return to training for the players, though to do so would require both governmental sign-off and the ability for wide-spread testing well beyond what is currently taking place.

Meanwhile, in Germany—where widespread testing is taking place—teams have returned to training with a target of re-starting the season behind closed doors early next month, which would allow them to wrap up the season as early as the first weeks of June.

With both Premier League and Championship sides having nine match-weeks remaining, when English football does return the season could be completed in as little as five weeks, likely with games being held every day.