Premier League clubs plan to give players just a two-week break before what could be a massive 335-day campaign.
Sportsmail understands that several high-level clubs have penciled in the week starting August 10 for players to start preseason before the truncated 2020/21.
With the current campaign scheduled to end on the weekend of July 25, players will have a much shorter summer break.
Premier League clubs plan to give players just two weeks off before a stubby season
However, the clubs have informed the players that they prefer to stay in the UK during the closing season.
The new season is slated to begin on September 12, although the clubs have not confirmed Thursday’s shareholders’ meeting date.
Manchester City, Manchester United and Wolves could still finish the 2019/20 season when the clubs start pre-season training due to their respective commitments in the Champions League and the Europa League.
To make matters worse, international football returns in early September, which means players will spend at least a week away from their clubs a few days before the start of the new season.
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Sportsmail understands that associations across Europe fear that players – especially those still involved in European competition – will withdraw from the teams due to the chaotic national and European calendar.
Footballers are facing a grueling 2020/21 campaign because the games will be crammed into a shorter period due to this season’s spillover, which leads to burnout issues.
However, clubs want their teams to have as normal a preseason as possible before the new campaign.
Manchester United could also face a short recovery time due to their Europa League matches
The Football Association is studying the possibility of removing reruns from the FA Cup next season to try to ease the workload for players next season.
The winter break, which came into effect for the first time this season, could also be eliminated to make room for matches, while the Carabao Cup is also threatened.
The season must be completed no later than May 16 to allow a fixed rest period before the delayed Euro 2020, which begins on June 11.
The final of the European Championships is scheduled for July 11.