The Premier League want to find a way to finish out the season. UEFA want to find a way to finish out the season. It’s hardly news to say either at this point.
And with Germany targeting a mid-May restart behind closed doors while English clubs are hopeful of returning to training around the same time, it’s possible that real, live football might just be on the horizon.
To that end today and with Germany leading the way with an example of how it might be possible, UEFA reaffirmed their determination to see the current season played out once the coronavirus is brought under control.
“There was a strong recommendation given to finish domestic top division and cup competitions,” read a statement from the European football governing body today following an all-member meeting.
However, with Belgium having already determined that they will seek to abandon the 2019-20 season, UEFA added that guidelines for doing so in “special cases” will soon be released.
Those guidelines will be expected to outline that European qualification will need to be determined based on the abandoned season rather than seeing the current campaign declared null and void.
The only real question is in the particulars, and how they seek to resolve things like games in hand, with the likely answer either awarded points for games in hand or final standings based on point per game projections.
Still, given UEFA’s continuing desire to see seasons played out even if they run into the summer and the movement towards such in Germany, there seems reason for optimism that games in England and elsewhere may begin again soon behind closed doors.