Revealed: When Portsmouth could play their remaining ten fixtures under new FA plans
Portsmouth are not set to take to the field for several weeks - but when could their remaining fixtures be played?
We take a look at the plan reportedly being considered by the FA, and what it could mean for the Portsmouth.
What are the FA’s plans?
According to the Telegraph, the FA are looking to resume the 2019/20 season during the first week of June and are targeting a completion date of July 11.
There is the possibility that some of the final games of the current season could be played behind closed doors in order to ensure fixtures are completed.
How many fixtures do Portsmouth have left in 2019/20?
Portsmouth have nine fixtures left to play this season, ten if you include the Leasing.com Trophy final.
Nine of ten have already been postponed, with the trip to Burton on May 3 also likely to be suspended.
Here’s a full list of the fixtures that will likely need to be rearranged: Accrington Stanley (H), Doncaster Rovers (H), Ipswich Town (A), Oxford United (A), Salford (N) Rotherham United (A), Blackpool (H), Southend United (A), Bristol Rovers (H) and Burton Albion (A).
When could these fixtures be played?.
Given the parameters the FA are reportedly considering, it’s likely that fixtures would be played on the following dates should this suggested plan be implemented:
- Saturday June 6
- Saturday June 13
- Saturday June 20
- Saturday June 27
- Saturday July 4
- Saturday July 11
Naturally, though, there will need to be games played in midweek in order to ensure all fixtures are completed. The following midweek windows would be available:
- June 9/10
- June 16/17
- June 23/24
- June 30/ July 1
- July 7/8
Pompey, therefore, are likely to play on at least TWO of these midweek dates in order to fulfil all of their remaining fixtures.
Of course, there is no guarantee this plan will be the one pursued by the FA.
Will the fixtures definitely be played?
EFL chair Rick Parry said: “We are committed to finish the season on the pitch. We want promotion and relegation. We don't want an artificial end to the season.”