PL Clubs agree on friendly games ahead of PL restart
Premier League clubs are agreeing to organize friendly matches ahead of the league resumption, according to the Press Association.
A few Premier league managers are keen to allow their players test their fitness against other sides in friendly matches. The PL are giving the go-ahead to club managers to organize PL friendly matches against other sides as they prepare for restart.
Top-flight action across the PL and EFL competitions are suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, ‘Project Restart’ is on the way and EPL matches are to resume on June 17.
Players stepped up from socially-distanced to small group training. However, last week saw some clubs going on to take part in in-house 11-a-side matches.
It’s understood that Premier League clubs are allowed to organize friendlies at training grounds of stadiums. This decision is to fine-tune players fitness and readiness ahead of the resumption of Premier League action.
Safety Measures for the PL Friendly Matches
The league sent guidelines to the 20 teams on Tuesday outlining restrictions, including the need for a full risk assessment to take place before matches that members of staff would have to officiate instead of referees.
Clubs will not be allowed to travel more than 90 minutes for these friendly games. This implies that players must go to in their own cars. Therefore, social distancing and hygiene measures must be implemented.
The development comes as a surprise to most expecting intra-squad matches to be the only way to prepare in an 11-a-side match.
Liverpool, Southampton and Sheffield United are among the sides partaking in internal matches. With Sheffield United adopting to increasing the workload as fitness improves.
Blades midfielder Ben Osborn said: “I think they might be trying to (get friendlies), if it gets passed by the Premier League or Government.
“But at the moment we’re just gearing up the minutes.
“It was 50 minutes the other day, 70 minutes today and next week we’ll have a couple more games to try and get that intensity back, trying to get the fitness back.”
Fixtures and time schedules for the premier league friendly matches remain under speculation. Keep checking this space to stay updated on the events surrounding Project Restart and the friendly matches.