The English Football League are planning for matches to resume from June 6 if it safe to do so.
All football in England is currently suspended given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but there are concerns about the financial impact that the suspension will have on clubs.
According to The Mirror, the EFL are determined for the season to be completed to ensure that lower league clubs will be able to cope financially.
If matches do resume in June it is anticipated that they will be played behind closed doors, and there is a possibility that Premier League games could resume on the same weekend.
The last Premier League game to be played was on March 9, when Leicester beat Aston Villa.
Clubs will only push to play in early June if the government announce that it is safe to do so.
An emergency fund of £50million has been established to help struggling clubs in the Championship, League One and League Two.
Meanwhile, Premier League players have been instructed to scale back their schedules ahead of a return to full training by the end of May.
Clubs have outlined the next steps towards football’s return in emails to their squads seen by Sportsmail.
They are advising their players to:
In what appears to be another strong indication that clubs are preparing for the resumption of the season, players have been sent messages detailing what is required of them over the next four weeks.
They have been instructed to switch their current training schedules to an ‘off-season’ regime until May 4.
In recent weeks, clubs have provided players with home-based training plans due to the nationwide lockdown regulations.
But clubs have now sent their squads new workouts which are less intense, with a view to maintaining a ‘base level of fitness’.
Players will be provided with new training plans aimed at increasing their fitness levels from May 5 onwards, effectively the start of a traditional pre-season.
One club are advising their players that they expect to resume group training by the end of May.
Sportsmail revealed last week that players were being told to prepare for a mid-May return to full training ahead of a mid-June resumption of the season.
Players are also being told not to leave the country during the current ‘off season’ period. Even foreign players, who may want to return to their home countries during this period, have been strongly advised not to leave the UK.
Those who do want to go abroad need special permission from their clubs but have been told to ensure they can return within 48 hours should plans change.