UK football bodies confirm 2019/20 season will finish

19 Mar 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

The FA, Premier League, EFL, the PFA and the LMA have together released a joint statement confirming that the window for finishing a season will be extended 'indefinitely' confirming that the 2019/20 season will be finished in full before the 2020/21 - or any future season - can begin.

The move comes after all elite football in the UK was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, despite two more months remaining of all professional leagues. There had been reports that mathmatical modelling could be used to determine final places, or that all seasons would be declared null and void, but the statement confirms that a winner will be crowned at some point in the future.

The official statement read: "The FA’s Rules and Regulations state that "the season shall terminate not later than the 1 June" and "each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season.

"However, The FA’s Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019/20 season in relation to Professional Football."

Similarly, the bodies have also confirmed that no football will be played in the UK until 30th April at the earliest, having previously set this at 3rd April.

"Additionally, we have collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than 30th April. 

"The progress of COVID-19 remains unclear and we can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority. We will continue to follow Government advice and work collaboratively to keep the situation under review and explore all options available to find ways of resuming the season when the conditions allow. 

"We would all like to re-emphasise that our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19."