UEFA scrap June 30th season completion date; it's now August 3rd

By John McGinley

April 1, 2020

UEFA have urged competitions around Europe to complete their domestic seasons by August 3rd, according to the Dutch football association, KNVB.

A video conference meeting took place today between the authority and its member associations, with major decisions reached like scrapping player registration deadlines and club licensing ahead of next season, as well as national team matches in June (UEFA).

Now, the KNVB suggest that UEFA are looking for the schedule of all leagues across the continent to be aligned, giving competitions until August 3rd to be completed.

It’s an extension of their previous proposed timeline, which suggested that leagues wrap up by June 30th (Sky Sports).

It means that in a Scottish context, related to Celtic, matches would have to start in late June or early July, with most teams in the top-flight having eight games remaining.

How feasible that is, when taking into account the advice of the government and health experts, is unknown.

The KNVB say that from their perspective “the interest of national health remains the starting point, including that of our footballers, trainers, supporters and referees. In any case, we will only play football if it is safe according to the RIVM. Health is paramount, always and especially now.”

The return of Celtic will be a glorious thing / (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

With the country currently advised to stay indoors, apart from key workers and those shopping for necessary supplies or exercising, the return of football feels further away than ever.

Hopefully, we have more clarity on the Scottish FA and SPFL’s stance later today, once they’ve considered the outcomes from the video conference.

The return of football will be fantastic but it must only happen when it’s safe enough.