News 17 April 2020

All English Football League Games “Likely” To Resume Behind Closed Doors

17 April 2020

All Championship, League One and League Two football games are “likely” to take place behind closed doors and broadcast online once football in the UK resumes, the EFL has announced.

The news was shared by the EFL’s chairman, Rick Parry, in an open letter to football supporters.

Parry announced there is no confirmed date for the return of football due to the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, but said games are “likely to be played without crowds” when football resumes.

Parry said: “To give you an honest assessment of the current situation; the point at which you will be able to attend games again remains unclear. Please be assured, however, that we are going to welcome you back to stadiums as soon as it is safe to do so.

“Your contribution to the matchday experience and atmospheres created in stadia up and down the country is something we should never take for granted. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you today when football will resume, though whenever we do return, matches are likely to be played without crowds.”

However, Rick Parry did assure fans games would be broadcast into homes, adding:  “Plans are continuing to be worked up for all games to be broadcast either via our broadcast partners, iFollow or equivalent Club streaming services. We will update you on this once we know when matches will recommence.”

The latest update from the EFL follows on from reports that players will return to training on the 16th May, given that lockdown measures in the UK have eased by then.