Liverpool’s quest for Premier League glory has been halted due to the coronavirus crisis but there are discussions around resuming the season behind closed doors.
Germany’s Bundesliga is set to return imminently and Spain’s La Liga hopes to follow suit, but Holland’s Eredivisie has been declared null and void, while France’s Ligue 1 has been cancelled.
There are a number of unanswered questions before football is played again and, due to this, there are also a wide number of reports.
Here, we will delve into the reports in a rolling piece that will be updated daily with all the latest suggestions and confirmed changes.
Friday May 8th
If and when Premier League football returns, the end of the season will be extremely different to the environment a few months ago and even the rules have been changed.
The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has made a temporary amendment to football’s laws to cope with returning from the coronavirus-enforced break, with each team allowed to make up to five substitutions a match.
Players will be asked to play matches in a condensed period of time when the season resumes and this change will help cope with that – but teams will be limited to three opportunities during matches to make their changes, as well as half-time, to prevent unnecessary stoppages.
The rule change has been made imminent but individual leagues will decide whether to adopt it, while leagues will also be allowed to scrap VAR after the restart – but the Premier League is not expected to do so.
Meanwhile, the Premier League is aiming for clubs to be able to return to training in 10 days time, on May 18th, but this will be impacted by what Prime Minister Boris Johnson says in Sunday’s briefing.