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Championship Restart Date Officially Announced!

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  1. Colonel Cardiffi

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    The following statement has been released by the EFL:

    Following Saturday’s announcement by the Government to allow elite sporting events to return behind closed doors, the EFL has this weekend agreed to a provisional restart date of the weekend of 20 June 2020 for matches in the Sky Bet Championship.


    The date is subject to the strict proviso that all safety requirements and Government guidance is met; and that Clubs receive clearance from their local authorities in order to stage matches at their home grounds.

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    After discussing various approaches, and, the importance of completing the season in a similar timeline to that of the Premier League to avoid any potential issues with promoted and relegated Clubs, the Sky Bet Championship season is set to conclude with the Championship Play-Off Final on or around 30 July 2020. Final details are still to be confirmed following further discussions with the League’s Broadcast partner, Sky Sports.

    During the weekend’s discussions it was further agreed to consider changing Regulations to permit the use of five substitutes in the remaining fixtures and, also increasing the matchday squad from 18 to 20 players. Discussions will continue with Championship Clubs in this respect.

    The fixture schedule, broadcast selections and details on iFollow/streaming services will follow in due course.

    EFL Chair Rick Parry said: “With Sky Bet Championship Clubs set to return to full contact training later this week and following Saturday’s Government announcement, we are edging closer towards resuming the 2019/20 EFL season. We have therefore today consulted with the Board’s Championship Directors and agreed to fixtures restarting behind closed doors on 20 June.

    “Whilst matches will unfortunately have to take place without supporters, we are working with our broadcast partners, EFL Championship Clubs and all relevant stakeholders to broadcast the remaining 108 games plus Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs either live on Sky Sports, iFollow or a Club’s equivalent streaming service.

    “We must stress that at this stage the date is only provisional and will only be confirmed once we have met all the requirements, as the health, safety and well-being of all participants, staff and supporters remains our top priority.

    “Clearly completing the season in a safe manner is going to require a significant effort by all concerned and, whilst not unprecedented, it will need Clubs to play a significant number of matches over a relatively short period of time."

    EFL Statement | Coronavirus Update | Cardiff - https://www.cardiffcityfc.co.uk/news/efl-statement-coronavirus-update-0
     
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    • Championship Restart weekend of June 20th
    • Championship Play-Off Final on or around 30 July 2020
    • Regulations to permit the use of five substitutes in the remaining fixtures
    • Increasing the matchday squad from 18 to 20 players
    • Matches to take place without supporters
    • Fixture schedule, broadcast selections and details on iFollow/streaming services will follow in due course
     
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    It’ll be interesting to see how the play offs will work. Same as usual or a one leg semi at a neutral venue. Presumably neutral club ground for final?
     
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    What if the players refuse to play?
     
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    Not sure about the 5 sub thing, what is the reasoning behind that?

    Hopefully some games will be free-to-air too.
     
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    I'd expect them to be 1 leg, 1 stadium for the 2 semis and the final.
     
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    You might get a couple like you did in the Premier League but that’s their choice. It’s not going to stop the fixtures being played.

    I suppose the advantage we have is that by the time the games start in this country, the Bundesliga will have been going for over a month, so presumably we can learn from how they’ve run things and it’ll be easier to overcome any potential problems.
     
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    I’m guessing the 5 subs will be because of how much football they’ve missed and the amount of fixtures in such a short time.
     
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    Got it!
     
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    There are 27 points left to play for and the table is tight right down to 12th.

    After having a 3 month break there is no guarantee that any team is simply going to pick up in the same form they finished off in, good or poor. Chuck in the weirdness of no fans in the ground too.

    There is plenty to play for.
     
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    I don't like the optimism our fans are displaying on twitter mind, think they need to realise we're coming back as one of the worst performing teams in the league in my opinion
     
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    Looking forward to all the right wingers making their return
     
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    Nothing wrong with a bit of optimism like. How many times have we seen a team finish off the season strongly, everyone fancies them for next season and they end up in a relegation scrap and vice versa.
    I know there’s been no transfer activity, but the teams will still have had as long a break as they normally would in the summer and no pre season games.
     
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    One of the worst performing teams in the league is 9th? How does that happen?
     
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    I'm terms of style of play
     
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    Yes agree. How the players have looked after their fitness is key. Optimism from me is thinking Bamba, Tomlin and NML will be fit again. Though what of the players that have not kept in peak fitness. Will be interesting to see what sort of shape Tomlin is in: the streamlined or pot-bellied.
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