Premier League clubs engaged with August’s small scale tournaments for the Champions League and Europa League are relied upon to ask for a start later than the remainder of next season’s division to allow their players a more extended break away.
Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Wolves are all participating in the UEFA club rivalry, while Chelsea should beat the primary leg home loss of Bayern Munich to reach the last eight in the Champions League. It is understood that in 2020-21 the Premier League would consider delaying an application for opening fixtures for clubs.
The presidential campaign is relied upon to start in mid-September and there is worry about the lack of rest that will require because of this current season’s clogged end and the chance of Euro 2020 being played in summer 2021. A few players would not have the option to have an all-inclusive holiday of 13 months.
City, United, and Chelsea are also still in the FA Cup and a team has reached that final and a European rivalry would have added seven games to their league match tally. On 21 August, the Europa League finals are in Germany, and two days later, the Champions League finals are in Portugal.
Fifpro, the global players’ association, knows about the concentrated workload on its individuals and called for the total rest of at least three weeks between the 2019-20 and 2020-21 campaigns on Friday before the players start pre-season training.
It also asked leagues to guarantee a mid-season break of 10-14 days, expand the principles allowing more replacements and force a limitation on footballers playing consecutive matches without adequate recuperation time. “Research has indicated higher rates of injury at the same time, with less than six days of rest between matches,” Fifpro said.
It added in a statement: “The match calendar had already extended a large percentage of first-class level footballers even before the Covid-19 pandemic, with lacking recuperation time among games and deficient mental and physical rest between seasons. Presently we’re seeing the first spike in quite a while since the restart because of lacking preparation time and packed match plans.”
Conversations on match calendar changes have hitherto ignored the duty of balancing the requirements of rivalry organizers with the necessities of players.