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When will Europe's top leagues start and finish: all you need to know

Most of Europe's major leagues are now on course to be completed after being paused for the coronavirus pandemic.

Only Ligue 1, which curtailed its season on April 30 after the French government banned games behind closed doors, does not plan to finish the campaign of the top five leagues. 

UEFA requested that all European leagues attempt to finish their campaigns no later than Aug. 2, enabling the Champions League and Europa League to play out through the rest of the month. Barring any...

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Coronavirus can affect calendar for years, could impact 2022 World Cup - UEFA official

Gab Marcotti explains why Premier League clubs are hesitant to resume the season.
Mark Ogden and Gab Marcotti react to reports of Premier League players not wanting to play during a pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic could affect football's international calendar for "two to three years" and potentially affect the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, a member of UEFA's executive committee has said.

The virus, which has infected over 3.13 million people globally causing more than 218,000 deaths, has wreaked havoc on the football schedule with Euro 2020 postponed to 2021 and national leagues and continental club competitions on hold.

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How Champions League playoffs could look across Europe's top leagues

Could places in the Champions League and Europa League for 2020-21 be decided by a series of playoffs? UEFA announced on Thursday that it would prefer matters to be settled using "a different format" if the coronavirus does not allow this season to play out in full, while also ruling out UEFA coefficient as an option

So, this essentially means a playoff format. It may be that the virus rules this out too, and European places are decided by points per game, but we can dream.

Most leagues...

UEFA rules out league cancellations due to virus, opens door for playoff format

Gab Marcotti believes the Premier League should not continue if a deal with broadcasters can be arranged.
Sid Lowe dives into the proposed protocols for team training and the potential timetable for La Liga's return.
Former Coventry City MD Chris Anderson explains the financial crisis currently faced by lower league clubs.
Mark Ogden dives into the potential contingencies UEFA is discussing for 2020-21 qualification.

UEFA have effectively ruled out the possibility of European leagues being deemed null and void and said that qualification for next season's European competitions can only be "based on sporting merit in the 2019-20 domestic competitions."

The governing body also urged associations to try and resolve the issue of Champions League and Europa League qualification using a playoff system, should the coronavirus crisis prevent seasons being played to their natural conclusion.

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