- FIFA’s plans means each country will decide when and how their seasons finish
- The world governing body is also set to change the dates of the transfer window
- Players who are out-of-contract on June 30 will be allowed to extend their deals
- Premier League clubs want to finish season so they don’t miss out on TV money
FIFA is to confirm an indefinite extension to the 2019-20 season across the globe, allowing each country’s football authority to determine when campaigns can finish.
The game’s world governing body will also alter the dates of the summer transfer window and permit contract extensions for players whose deals run out on June 30.
As reported by The Athletic, the governing body of world football is also set to change the dates of this summer’s transfer window and allow players to extend their contracts beyond June 30.
This season’s Premier League needs to finish otherwise clubs will be forced to repay £762million to broadcasters.
The plans, which are likely to be revealed in the next 48 hours, will afford maximum flexibility with FIFA appreciating the spread of coronavirus is different in each country. This comes after UEFA last week committed to finishing the current season and was moved to deny a report that its own president, Aleksander Ceferin, had set a deadline of August 3 to complete all outstanding games.
While the decision from the highest authority in football does not take null and void off the table, it considerably reduces the chances of seasons being cancelled altogether. The planned announcement was greeted by one Premier League club as…
But other clubs believe football in the UK should only return when fans are permitted to attend.
FIFA acknowledge that the coronavirus spread is different in each country and thus seasons need to be catered and altered differently in each country.
Last week, UEFA committed to finishing the current season including domestic leagues and European competitions.
In terms of the transfer window, the current dates for the summer window in England are June 10-September 1, though this is now set to change with the season likely to run into July.
The report details that specific timeframes for completing the season were not discussed in Friday’s meeting between Premier League clubs – the UK is currently in lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis.
But FIFA’s plans has somewhat relaxed the situation, allowing countries and leagues flexibility in order to finish seasons whenever realistically possible and depending on the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some Premier League clubs believe the season will have to be finished behind closed doors anyway, due to the restrictions on mass gatherings.