Premier League planning to resume on 1 June and start next season on time

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The Premier League could return in 10 weeks (Picture: Copa/Getty Images )

The Premier League have drawn up plans to resume on 1 June, allowing six weeks to complete the current season and meaning the next campaign can get underway on time in August.

These are tentative plans and absolutely nothing is confirmed, but the Telegraph reports that this date has been pencilled in as a target which would allow the least disruption under the current circumstances.

If games could start to be played again on 1 June, then this would allow six weeks to fit in the remaining Premier League fixtures and FA Cup matches, with all completed by around 11 July.

Most teams have nine league matches still to play, with four teams still to play 10 games, while the FA Cup is into the quarter-final stage, so there are seven fixtures remaining.

Completing all those games by 11 July would be challenging, but it is achievable. There would then be just a four week break before the new Premier League season begins on 8 August.

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The remaining games of the current season would all be played behind closed doors and the Premier League would need to get the government to sign off on emergency crews being present at the matches.

The situation continues to develop daily and this is seen as a best case scenario by the Premier League, which is possibly more hopeful than likely.

One possible problem with the season running into July is that players out of contract at the end of this season see their deals end on 30 July, although it is expected that FIFA will allow a workaround this issue.

It may also be that a four week gap between seasons is too short, but in that case, completing this season is given priority and next campaign may be pushed back into late August.

Southampton chief executive Martin Semmens is optimistic that games can be played before this date, although this does not seem realistic at the moment.

‘We hope to get the league done by the end of June. As soon as you go past that date, there are legal challenges,’ he said.

‘If we ended up playing until 15 July and you had to extend a player’s contract by two weeks, convincing a player to play two more weeks of football and get paid nicely to do it – I don’t believe that will be a substantial challenge.

‘The challenge is making sure we don’t have a knock-on effect to other seasons and make football compromised for years to come.’

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