No one could guess what the future holds for world football going forward. The FA seems firm on the idea that the Premier League will finish out their season. They have a handful of games to play. With an accelerated schedule, it will still potentially take into the summer to finish them all. According to the ECHO, FIFA is considering extending the summer transfer window all the way through January to help offset the financial catastrophe some clubs will face.
Both the 2020 Euros and the 2020 Olympics have been postponed until next summer, which will give the leagues some more room to re-schedule their fixtures, should the world stop burning.
The next problem they’ll need to tackle is the financial hit that the clubs will face due to the coronavirus outbreak, as well as how to deal with the transfer window. Most contracts go through June, the usual end of the season, but if the season is extended, it’s unclear what that means for those contracts.
Since clubs can’t get transfer work done right now, some chief executives are calling for the window to stay open through January. It’s unclear what they will mean for the season or the players who are stuck in transfer limbo.
That seems to be one of the ideas they are considering to account for these extraordinary circumstances.
We are in uncharted territory here, and it will be fascinating to see how FIFA and the Premier League adapt to meet the challenges ahead.