All you need to know about the Premier League’s proposed resumption date, summer transfer window and the new season

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Football has been suspended since early March across most parts of the world and up till now there has been no clue as to when our beloved game will resume, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The German Bundesliga is set to become the first major league in Europe to resume action after the coronavirus has put football on hiatus.

The Bundesliga is set to resume on May 9 and the German football federation has issued a set of guidelines for the players to follow ahead of restarting the season, according to the Daily Mail.

The Premier League has followed suit and the league could also resume soon, although there will be measures put in place in accordance with the government lockdown rules.

The Premier League is expected to restart by June 13.

The 92 outstanding Premier League games are expected to be played behind closed doors in an eight-week period. The FA Cup will also make its return.

According to reports, not all 20 Premier League grounds will be used when Premier League football returns.

The opening of the Premier League transfer window is set to be moved until the end of August.

More substitutions have been proposed during games as a solution to combat player fatigue as the campaign will be completed in a short period of time. The ball will be sterilised at regular intervals, players will be forced to train separately and observe social distancing guidelines.

A minimum of 300 people will be needed for a Premier League fixture to take place behind closed doors which includes 40 players, 32 coaching and medical staff from the two teams, 12 match officials, between six and eight doctors and medical personnel, three Premier League officials and 130 or more media personnel.

Players will be checked before they leave their hotels for the stadium and tested again when they arrive. Players will also have to arrive and leave in their training kit, with no access to the changing room or shower facilities.

Contact sessions won’t be allowed in training, and once the UK’s lockdown begins to be eased, teams will be allowed to have full-contact training sessions with a three-week ‘pre-season’ on the agenda to get players back up to full fitness.

Will the game remain the same with these rules?

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