Fixtures across the Premier League and the EFL have been suspended until the start of April 3rd but the expectation is that an extension is on the cards, with experts warning the worst of the coronavirus outbreak is yet to come.
Nobody in the game is quite sure what is going to happen next, but below we have taken a look at some of the key dates that could impact when football returns.
Tuesday, March 17 – UEFA board meeting
After postponing the Champions League and Europa League, UEFA will hold an emergency board on Tuesday to discuss what they do next.
Wednesday, March 18 – Football League meeting
Football League clubs will meet on Wednesday to consider what move to make next.
Thursday, March 19 – Premier League meeting
Premier League clubs will hold their emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss plans for the remainder of the campaign.
Friday, April 3 – Football set to resume
This is the date when football is expected to return.
However, with experts warning the worst of the outbreak is yet to come, there is a possibility football may not return on this date.
Saturday, May 2 – When the EFL season should finish
The date when the Championship campaign was set to come to an end, but it now seems inevitable that league games will be played beyond this date.
Sunday, May 17 – When Premier League season should finish
Again, and like the EFL, there is now a feeling that Premier League games will be played beyond this date with the season expected to be extended.
Monday, May 18 – Transfer window opens
The date when clubs can officially start making their move on potential new recruits.
However, players cannot be registered officially by clubs until the start of July – which is when the FIFA international window opens.
But if the season isn’t concluded, which it looks like it won’t, it remains to be seen whether FIFA will introduce new rules regarding the opening of the window.
Saturday, May 23 – FA Cup final
Currently at the quarter-final stage, like the EFL and Premier League, games in the competition have been suspended by the FA.
If the season is to be extended then the final could be pushed back as a result.
Monday, May 25 – Championship play-off final
The Championship play-off final was set to be played at the end of May, but again there is doubts it will take place as originally planned.
While West Brom and Leeds United are on course to return to the top-flight via the automatic route.
Wednesday, May 27 – Europa League final
Fans should know more on when the Europa League will return when UEFA meet on Tuesday.
But according to a report from Spain, the governing body is considering plans to create a ‘final four’ tournament which would take place in Turkey over a four-day period.
The report states that the idea is set to be put forward at Tuesday’s meeting.
Saturday, May 30 – Champions League final
The same stands for clubs competing in the Champions League as it does for sides in the Europa League, and that ‘final four’ tournament may be used to finish the competition.
But UEFA’s immediate priorities lie with completing the current round of fixtures, which have seen several last 16 games postponed in the competition.
Friday, June 12 – Euro 2020 start date
This summer’s tournament is also in serious doubt with some reports claiming that organisers have already been told to stop preparing.
The tournament will be discussed at UEFA’s board meeting on Tuesday, but the logic seems to be that the competition will be moved to next summer in order to allow the domestic season to be extended and completed.