The Premier League and EFL 2020-21 seasons will begin September 12th with measures to contain the coronavirus
The 2020-21 seasons of the Premier League and English Football League will begin on September 12.
The top-level season will end on May 23, while the Championship, League One and League Two seasons will culminate on May 8 and 9.
The play-off final will take place on the last weekend of May.
The current Premier League season will end on Sunday after it was suspended for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The regular season of the Championship ended on Wednesday, and the play-offs ended on August 4.
Most League One and League Two teams have not played since March.
The Premier League said it will “continue to consult” with the Football Association and EFL “regarding the scheduling of all national competitions.
However, the start date for teams still playing in European competitions is still under discussion.
It is still possible that they will have a delayed start, as they could be playing well into August.
The last 16 draws in the Europa League, with Manchester United and Wolves, will resume on August 5, and the final is scheduled for August 21.
The remaining Champions League draws in the final 16 will resume from August 7, with Manchester City and Chelsea still in the competition.
The final will take place on August 23. Real money slot machine fans can now place their bets for this game of the season.
The three measures adopted to contain the coronavirus crisis
The clubs will ask their players for a 30% discount on their salaries in order to keep the rest of the jobs in their entities. Apart from that:
– £125 million in aid to the lower divisions (EFL and National League)
– £20 million aid to the British public health service
The Premier League will consult clubs on reducing footballers’ salaries by up to 30% due to the economic impact the coronavirus crisis is having on English football. The Players’ Association (PFA) and the EFL, which comprises the lower divisions, have “unanimously” agreed to consult players “for a combination of reductions and deferrals of 30% of their total annual remuneration”. “This measure will be constantly under review in case circumstances change”. This decision comes after UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock called for players to be given salary reductions for the common good.
In addition, the Premier has voted unanimously to help the lower divisions of English football, i.e. from the second division, as well as the National League, from the fifth division, to ensure the future of these competitions. They will advance a fund of £125 million in response to concerns about the severe difficulties that “clubs across the football pyramid” may face.
The Premier’s solidarity will also extend to the British public health system as the Premier, along with the players and clubs, have pledged £20 million to support the NHS, the British health system, families and vulnerable groups during the coronavirus pandemic. “This includes a direct financial contribution to the NHS and funds that will allow clubs to focus their efforts on developing programmes to help communities in greatest need,” said the League.