Premier League decides on restart date as plans take shape

May 1, 2020

The Premier Leauge’s so-called “Project Restart” is starting to take shape with a full timetable now in place for the return of top flight football in England.

According to the Telegraph, a preliminary schedule will be discussed when clubs hold a meeting on Friday.

Should the UK government loosen restrictions next week, the Premier League hopes to return by mid-June by sticking to this timetable:

  • 9/10 May – Players to be tested for Covid-19
  • 11 May – Players to train together in small groups
  • 18 May – Full training beings
  • 8 June – Premier League football returns

Clubs are also set to discuss how games will be played during Friday’s meeting. Matches will take place behind closed doors if football returns but it is yet to be decided whether all 20 teams would play in their own stadiums or if some neutral venues will have to be used.

However, any plans rely on government approval. Without that green light, games will not be able to return.