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Premier League Plan “Project Restart” and June 8th Return

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With a return of football in Germany near, the Premier League are beginning to firm up their own return plans.

Aerial Views Of Anfield As Football Remains Suspended Due To Coronavirus Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

With football in Germany nearing its planned return and clubs in England hopeful of returning to training shortly thereafter—assuming enough testing can be done and the players and staff can be kept in some measure of isolation—there is reason to believe we could soon be watching live football again.

We’re increasingly, too, getting more details about what football is likely to look like for Premier League sides, as widespread reports today are discussing plans for the league’s so-called “Project Restart.” The target for said restart June 8th, with games to be played daily on a small number of neutral grounds.

Plan for a summer festival of football isn’t new news. Neither is the fact that games will take place behind closed doors. As reported by The Times, though, closed doors for the league will mean 400 people—a rather large number but one considered to allow for essential stadium workers, television production staff, and team staff.

Anyone entering the stadium will have to be tested—a sticking point given that as of now the UK lags behind leading countries when it comes to testing—and those tests will be paid for by the clubs. Players and their families, meanwhile, will be kept isolated in hotels while the games are taking place.

Further, the Premier League expects to follow the lead of Germany to attempt to limit contact amongst even teammates by having players change at home and arrive at the stadium to coincide with the beginning of pre-match warmups rather than congregating in the changing rooms.

Other measures may be dependant on what is learned from Germany and then Spain, with both countries expected to be back playing games before England is ready to do similar.