Football League: season could be completed behind closed doors in 56 days

The Football League have sent a letter to Port Vale FC and other League clubs saying that the season could be completed behind closed doors in just 56 days during the summer.

The worldwide pandemic has caused the indefinite suspension of League Two and all other UK football competitions.

Whenever the decision is taken that it is safe to resume, we currently estimate that the League will require approximately 56 days to complete the outstanding matches in the season…

The League have now sent a letter outlining their aim of restarting the season in June and completing the outstanding 113 fixtures, including play-offs, across 56 days.

The plan was outlined by the the league’s chairman, Rick Parry, in a letter to clubs following an board meeting on Wednesday. The caveat is that the Football League will continue to listen to government advice, which could scupper the proposals.

The letter was designed to provide clubs with some clarity amid the pandemic. Parry said: “Whenever the decision is taken that it is safe to resume, we currently estimate that the League will require approximately 56 days to complete the outstanding matches in the season and we are committed to ensuring that clubs are provided an appropriate notice period to ensure you are able to prepare operationally given the scale and impact of the postponements in place.”

Port Vale signThe maths for the Valiants…

  • If they don’t reach the play-offs or secure a promotion spot – nine games in 56 days or one game every 6.2 days
  • If they reach the play-offs but lose in the semi-finals – eleven games in 56 days or one game every 5.1 days
  • If they reach the play-off final – twelve games or one game every 4.6 days
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