Although this proposed framework has yet to be approved by the clubs themselves, the EFL board has made it clear that its draft plan is “essential” to preserving the “integrity” of the competition.
Last week, the League Two clubs decided to end the season with immediate effect and their League One counterparts should decide next week whether to continue. Meanwhile, all the clubs in the championship, with the exception of Hull City, are keen to restart the list of second-level games, with the majority resuming training on Monday for a tentative resumption around June 20.
In a series of recommendations released Thursday, the EFL said that 51% of Ligue 1 or Championship clubs should accept any interruption in their campaigns. The final table would then be decided by a point system per unweighted match and play-off matches, involving a maximum of four teams, should always take place.
The EFL plan calls into question the stated preference of League Two clubs for Stevenage to be spared relegation to the National League, but confirms that Swindon, Crewe and Plymouth appear ready for automatic promotion to League One.
“There is a strong desire to remain as faithful to the regulations as possible and to ensure consistency in the approach taken across all divisions,” said EFL President Rick Parry.
One hurdle to continuing the League One season was the cost of twice-weekly coronavirus testing, which is mandatory under EFL’s return to play protocols, and Sunderland asked the Professional Footballers’ Association for the ” help bear the cost of £ 150 per test.
Championship clubs undergo initial compulsory testing on their training grounds, but can save around £ 1,300 per week by asking players to do swab tests at home or to recruit staff ‘back room to perform before training sessions. In both cases, samples would be collected by couriers. Middlesbrough is one of eight clubs to adopt the self-test system, but two-thirds of the division has chosen to pay a premium for independent testers.