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FIFA Expected to Announce Rule Changes to Allow Completion of 2019-20 Season

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An altered or temporarily suspended transfer window and short-term contract extensions are set to be announced.

Saudi Arabia v Mali: Group E - 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup Photo by Kevin C. Cox - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

We know that UEFA are determined to see the 2019-20 seasons played out across Europe and are taking steps to ensure that can happen. We also know the Premier League are in the planning stages to hold a summer festival of football behind closed doors.

Today, it appears the final big player in football is set to make their stance, with word that FIFA plan to officially grant their blessing to extending the 2019-20 season by announcing they have either suspended or altered the upcoming summer transfer window.

That according to The Athletic’s Simon Hughes, who says that FIFA is also drafting special dispensation to allow short-term extensions for players whose contracts would otherwise expire before the season can be played out—whenever it can be played out.

FIFA is said to be seeking to avoid being overly specific in setting new dates in order to allow for as much flexibility as possible given leagues around the world may return to action at different dates depending on the status of coronavirus in each country.

While it’s possible that, eventually, a place where suspending the season makes sense, it’s clear that all the major governing bodies are on the same page when it comes to a desire to see 2019-20 seasons played out in some fashion.