The English soccer league has announced its tentative plan to get players back on the field
One of the best soccer leagues in the world has officially announced the dates it will start its action again. The Premier League confirmed that soccer will begin on June 17 after the remaining clubs gave the green light to “Project Restart” that was sent by the league. There are still four teams with ten fixtures remaining, which need to be brought in line with the rest of the league. Therefore, the first fixtures played will be Manchester City versus Arsenal and Aston Villa against Sheffield United.
The league still has 90 more games to play, which are scheduled to begin on June 19. Every single match will be broadcast live on television; and there won’t be two games played at the same time during weekends. With this calendar, the league hopes to be done by August 1 when the FA Cup final is supposed to take place. The semi-finals, however, are scheduled for July 18-19 and the quarterfinals are scheduled for the weekend of June 27.
These dates were given in a provisional way; there are safety measures that need to be finalized, as well as other issues that need attention. However, this is great news for soccer since it sets the return of competitive soccer in England. The path to get to this point hasn’t been easy and there are several issues that still need to be addressed between the league and representatives of the 20 clubs. Primarily, they have to work out where the games will be played and how to deal with crowds gathering outside stadiums.