FIFA Set To Extend 2019/2020 Season Indefinitely

FIFA will reportedly extend the 2019/20 season indefinitely, with an announcement to that effect expected in the next 48 hours according to The Athletic.

World football governing body is expected to reveal plans to modify the summer transfer window and alter dates regarding contract extensions for players amidst the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The move will allow domestic leagues plenty of latitude to decide the fate of their competitions.

That is because the pressure of a particular date or guideline forcing the hand of major leagues to finish the season will not be present.

Among several options being considered by major leagues to conclude the season include taking the final matches abroad, playing behind closed doors or waiting longer to ensure fans can attend matches.

Given that the English Premier League will have to pay back over £750million in fees to broadcasters if the season is not completed, the chances of a null-and-void style cancellation is decreasing in likelihood.

There are doubts about the likelihood of Serie A concluding with some Italian football leaders voicing their concerns at completing a fixture list containing as many as 13 games for some teams.

Belgian football became the first European nation to end league football with Jupiler Pro League leaders Club Brugge declared champions despite one round of games left in the regular season and the six-team playoffs yet to be played.

However, Germany’s Bundesliga is determined to finish their calendar, according to Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge but UEFA have indicated that both the Champions League and Europa League which have several matches left could be abandoned if coronavirus restrictions remain till September.