EFL delay decision for next season start date

The EFL has postponed the decision over a start date for next season until July 24.

As previously reported, the EFL and clubs pencilled in for two start dates for the 2020/21 season, and those dates are still being worked towards despite the delay.

The first possible restart date considered by the EFL is August 29, only a couple of weeks later than the original start date.

If that date is not feasible, the EFL have a back-up date of September 12, a date which has been in the pipeline for some time now and is our understanding of the preferred date amongst many clubs.

The EFL are understood to still keen to retain both the EFL Cup and the EFL Trophy next season, with the first round of the Carabao Cup set to begin before the start of the league campaign next season.

That is according to Peterborough United director of football Barry Fry, although the start date is still likely to be September 12.

“It’s incredibly frustrating, but we’ve now been told we won’t hear anything about a start date until July 24. The Premier League and the FA are still talking with the EFL about cups and all sorts.” Fry told the Peterborough Telegraph.

“It can’t start any later than September 12 or we’ll never get the fixtures in. If we start on September 12 it will be six months between competitive matches for us.”

The Town players are set to return to Playford Road later this month to begin preparations for the 2020/21 season.

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