- Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:39 pm
Teams have 8-10 games left. If we can start again on Saturday 2nd May, then the season could be completed by the end of June. Any significant delay beyond that would probably be insurmountable. Teams could play twice a week, which would finish the regular season by mid-June, leaving enough time for the play-offs, although the finals might not be at Wembley dependent on other bookings for the stadium. This would involve a number of assumptions.
Teams will be back in training by Easter. It is generally accepted that a player needs one day training for every day missed to be match fit again. So if we miss three weeks, it will require another three weeks before games can start. That will already be a squeeze, but as players are not injured they should be able to maintain some fitness at home (unless they fall ill themselves) and it could be trimmed a little.
Euro 2020 would be postponed to 2021, or at least the rule allowing postponement of games due to international call-ups would be suspended. Except in the most extreme circumstances (basically death), no games would be postponed for any other reason. Teams would have to be prepared to get on with it.
Loan deals would automatically, and across the EFL and EPL, be extended to the end of June (not the end of May).
The start of the 2020-21 season would be delayed to the end of August to allow players sufficient rest. As a result, some competitions might have to be abandoned for next season (EFL Cup and Trophy?).
Teams would have to accept from the (re)start that no solution will be 100% fair. They would have to agree to the arrangements, and that they will have no recourse to appeal or legal action after the event.