The EFL announced, that they will allow elite sporting events to return and restart date of the weekend of 20 June 2020 for matches in the Sky Bet Championship, under all safety requirements and government guidelines. TheEFL is then scheduling to complete the season around July 30.
It is also considering to change the protocols- teams will use five substitutes in the remaining matches and field matchday squads of 20 players rather than 18.
There are 108 matches remaining, plus the play-off semi-finals and final.
The English Football League will send the proposals for phase 2 training protocols to second-tier clubs. It is understood the majority of the 24 clubs are pushing for the conclusion of the season and will vote towards resuming contact training.
ELF further 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.”
He also mentioned that “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 the play-off final on or around 30 July 2020.”
As per the news, “three rounds of coronavirus testing will be held in 24 clubs in the second tier, with more than 1,000 tests carried out each time. Last time, two people at Hull City were tested positive in the first round and unnamed Fulham players and Blackburn captain Elliott Bennett was tested positive in the second round of results.