EPL update on league schedule

English Premier League

The Premier League, EFL and FA have released a joint statement to address the uncertainty of the 2019/20 season amidst the coronavirus outbreak.

Fixtures in both competitions have been suspended until at least the end of April due to the coronavirus outbreak, with the return date extended from the original plan of April 4.

It was confirmed earlier in the week that the Euro 2020 has been delayed by a year in order to give leagues the chance to complete their domestic season.

However, a rule by the FA states 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".

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It was also suggested that the league could be declared null and void by votes of the 20 Premier League clubs which would have prevented Liverpool from securing their first title in 30 years.

But the speculation has now been dispelled as their official statement confirmed the Premier League and EFL season dates will be extended to allow all divisions to finish the full fixture list.

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We are united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019/20 football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so. 

We have collectively supported UEFA in postponing EURO 2020 to create space in the calendar to ensure domestic and European club league and cup matches have an increased opportunity to be played and, in doing so, maintain the integrity of each competition. 

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.

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

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