Report: FIFA Will Extend 2019-20 Season Indefinitely

Now, each country’s soccer authority can determine when seasons can finish safely

FIFA's logo at the world football's governing body headquarters. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty)
FIFA's logo at the world football's governing body headquarters. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty)
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By Evan Bleier / April 6, 2020 1:19 pm

According to The Athletic, soccer’s governing body does not intend to throw in the towel on the 2019-20 season due to coronavirus. Though a formal announcement has not been made, FIFA is set to confirm the 2019-20 season will be extended indefinitely across the globe.

That move will allow each country’s soccer authority to determine when its season can finish safely without fear of fans or players getting sick.

In a corresponding move, FIFA will also change the dates of the summer transfer window and allow for players who have contracts that run out on June 30 to sign extensions. The decision indicates that FIFA does want leagues to finish their respective seasons but does not want there to be added pressure to finish in the midst of a pandemic.

“While the decision from the highest authority in football does not take null and void off the table, it considerably reduces the chances of seasons being canceled altogether,” according to The Athletic. “The planned announcement was greeted by one Premier League club as ‘really sensible.’”

In related news, the leading organizations in professional golf have collaborated on a new schedule that will allow many of the sport’s previously postponed events to take place.

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