The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on football.
Teams up and down the UK were competing for promotion or battling relegation when their 2019/20 seasons were put hold on hold in March.
However, football has been cleared to return in June by the Government – behind closed doors – and leagues are now deliberating on whether to resume their campaigns or curtail them and start again next season.
The Premier League was the first to announce its intention to get back under way on June 17 and the Championship followed suit on Sunday, revealing it plans to resume on June 20.
But there are a host of answered questions in the lower leagues. Here is what we know so far…
How long has the EFL been suspended for?
The Championship hasn’t seen any action since the weekend of March 8-9, with Derby’s home victory over Blackburn the last game played in the Championship.
Games in Leagues One and Two were last played on Tuesday, March 10. The National League continued over the weekend of Saturday, March 14 but caught criticism for doing so and has since postponed matches as well and have ended their season.
Premier League games, upcoming FA Cup quarter-finals, Champions League and Europa League ties and international fixtures have also been on hold since March.
When is the Championship likely to resume?
It was announced on Sunday, May 31 by the EFL that their intention is to get the Championship season resumed on the weekend of June 20.
In a statement, the EFL said: “Following Saturday’s announcement by the Government to allow elite sporting events to return behind closed doors, the EFL has this weekend agreed to a provisional restart date of the weekend of 20 June 2020 for matches in the Sky Bet Championship.
“The date is subject to the strict proviso that all safety requirements and Government guidance is met; and that clubs receive clearance from their local authorities in order to stage matches at their home grounds.
“After discussing various approaches, and, the importance of completing the season in a similar timeline to that of the Premier League to avoid any potential issues with promoted and relegated clubs, the Sky Bet Championship season is set to conclude with the Championship play-off final on or around 30 July 2020.
“Final details are still to be confirmed following further discussions with the League’s Broadcast partner, Sky Sports.”
Will League One and League Two resume?
League Two looks certain to be cancelled, after clubs unanimously indicated they wish to curtail the season.
League One remains up in the air, with clubs undecided on whether to finish the season or end their campaign early.
A meeting will be held on June 8 between the EFL and all clubs to decide on a final conclusion to the two divisions.
In the event of a season not being completed, the EFL have said unweighted points-per-game would decide final league placings.
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