When will sports come back? Return of Premier League, Formula 1 and Champions League

When will Premier League and EFL resume? When will F1 start again? What dates are scheduled for the return of sport?

When will football and F1 return amid the coronavirus pandemic?
Image: When will football and F1 return amid the coronavirus pandemic?

When will sports start again? Here is the latest information on when fans can anticipate the return football, F1, boxing, cricket and more…

Domestic football

Premier League matches will resume from Wednesday, June 17 with Aston Villa vs Sheffield United (6pm) and Manchester City vs Arsenal (8.15pm) live on Sky Sports.

The Championship season will return from Saturday, June 20 with Fulham vs Brentford, also live on Sky Sports.

League One clubs are yet to decide on how to finish the season, but League Two clubs have voted to end their seasons early, pending approval from the EFL and FA.

National League clubs have voted in favour of ending the 2019/20 at its current point and cancelling all remaining fixtures.

The Women's Super League and Women's Championship seasons have been ended with immediate effect.

In Scotland, the league season has ended, but the SFA remains committed to completing the Scottish Cup.

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European football

UEFA is considering proposals which would see the Champions League final being played on August 29 with the Europa League final three days earlier on August 26.

The Bundesliga resumed on Saturday, May 16 with a full programme of fixtures behind closed doors, while a derby between Sevilla and Real Betis will mark the return of La Liga on June 11.

Serie A in Italy is set to resume from June 20, but current seasons for the Eredivisie in the Netherlands and Ligue 1 in France will not resume.

Euro 2020 has been postponed and is now due to start on June 11, 2021.

Formula 1

Image: The F1 season is set to start in Austria in July

The 2020 Formula 1 season is poised to start on July 5 with the Austrian GP the first of eight behind-closed-door European races in 10 weeks.

The new schedule features eight races at six circuits, with back-to-back Grands Prix in Austria (July 5, 12) and Silverstone (August 2, 9), while there are also set to be two triple headers.

The other events on the calendar are those in Hungary (July 19), Spain (August 16), Belgium (August 30) and Italy (September 6).


Shakur Stevenson will fight behind closed doors in Las Vegas against Felix Caraballo on Tuesday, June 9 as US boxing returns from lockdown.

The British Boxing Board of Control is 'hopeful' the sport will return in July, but the governing body has warned restrictions could be enforced in this country.

Boxing has been suspended since March by the BBBofC, who have sought government advice about its resumption, and suggested that only limited numbers of people will initially be allowed to attend shows.

A maximum of five fights will be staged on each bill, which will be reviewed by the board, and there will be a pre-tournament medical form, COVID-19 testing and pre-tournament quarantine.

Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn has revealed Dillian Whyte's heavyweight fight against Alexander Povetkin is likely to be staged behind closed doors.

He said: "I don't know how we're going to do it yet. But we have to come back with a bang. Whyte vs Povetkin, along with Katie Taylor vs Amanda Serrano, is a fight that I believe we will see at the end of July or early-August."


England will play their three-Test series against West Indies in July behind closed doors at The Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford subject to UK government clearance, the ECB has announced.

England will host Jason Holder's men at The Ageas Bowl from July 8 before the series switches to Old Trafford for the final two games of the series, from July 16 and July 24 respectively, with the stadiums selected as bio-secure venues in large part due to their on-site hotels.

England women's T20I and ODI matches against India will look to be rearranged for before September this year.

No domestic cricket will be played before August 1, but the ambition remains to host domestic men's and women's cricket across England and Wales later this summer.

The Hundred's inaugural season has been put back a year with a new launch date due to take place in the summer of 2021.


Image: The Masters has been moved to November

The PGA Tour has announced plans for tournament golf to return from June 11, with the first four events of the season's resumption played behind closed doors.

The Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Texas has been confirmed as the first tournament back, scheduled to take place from June 11-14, live on Sky Sports.

Three of the year's four majors have been rescheduled with the PGA Championship moved to August 6-9, the US Open set for September 17-20 and The Masters scheduled for November 12-15.

The Open has been cancelled, but the Ryder Cup remains set to go ahead from September 25-27 at Whistling Straights.

The European Tour will return from July 22. The British Masters will be the first of six consecutive tournaments staged in the UK.

The LPGA Tour is targeting a mid-July return with the earliest return date now the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational from July 15-18. The Mediterranean Ladies Open in Spain in mid-July is still expected to be the first event back on the Ladies European Tour.

Rugby union

Premiership Rugby is targeting Saturday, August 15 for the resumption of play for England's top division.

At a board meeting, the target restart date was agreed following the announcement that Premiership clubs can return to training.

World Rugby has postponed all of July's international matches. The Six Nations Championship also needs to be completed after it was suspended in March with one round of matches left on the fixture list.

South African Rugby has confirmed there is a 'slight chance' next summer's British and Irish Lions tour could be moved to accommodate a potential revised global calendar.

New Zealand's Super Rugby clubs will play a mini-tournament behind closed doors from June 13.

Rugby league

Super League clubs hope to resume their season in August and have set an ambitious target of playing in front of fans again as soon as October. Three plans have now been drafted with a Grand Final in November, December or January.

However, in Australia, NRL resumed play on May 28, live on Sky Sports, with the Grand Final set for October 25.


The Lawn Tennis Association have confirmed they hope to stage a series of new British Tour events for professional players over consecutive weeks between July 3 and July 26, subject to government confirmation.

The ATP and WTA tours are suspended until July 31, but ATP Tour chief Andrea Gaudenzi is refusing to give up on some professional tennis being played in 2020.

Wimbledon has been cancelled and the French Open has been moved from May to September.

The US Open is due to take place in New York from August 31 to September 14 with a decision on the event scheduled to be taken in June.


The schedule for the 2020 season has been released with the opening game, between Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans, scheduled for September 10.

However, Commissioner Roger Goodell said: "We will be prepared to make adjustments as necessary."

Super Bowl LV is currently set to be played on Sunday, February 7, 2021.


The NBA's Board of Governors has approved a 22-team format for restarting the season on July 31 at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida, according to reports.


Image: Darts is scheduled to return in July

The PDC has confirmed that professional darting action will return next month, with the 2020 Betfred World Matchplay taking place from July 18-26 live on Sky Sports.

However, it is yet to be determined whether the Matchplay will take place in its traditional home of Blackpool's Winter Gardens, or indeed if fans will be permitted to attend. The PDC says it is working closely with the UK government and other relevant parties on the issue, and a decision will be made by Saturday, July 4.

The PDC is also finalising plans to resume ranked Players Championship events from July onwards.


The Vitality Netball Superleague 2020 season has been cancelled.

Australia's Super Netball competition was due to start on May 2 but has been suspended until at least June 30.

Netball New Zealand has confirmed that the ANZ Premiership is set to resume on June 19.

Horse racing

Racing in the UK resumed on Monday, June 1.

Ascot will try to stage this year's Royal meeting behind closed doors from June 16-20 with the Derby and Oaks scheduled for July 4, with the Eclipse moved back a day to July 5.


The GAA has unveiled its roadmap for a return to action, with intercounty games set to come back from October 17.

All GAA pitches will re-open from June 29 onwards. From July 20, all forms of team and group training will be permitted, with resumption of club competitions allowed from Friday, July 31.


Olympic Rings are seen a the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne on March 24, 2020 amid the spread of the COVID-19. - The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to no later than the summer of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on March 24, 2020.
Image: The Olympics has been pushed back by one year

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games have been rescheduled to start on July 23, 2021 and run until August 8, while the Paralympic Games will now take place from August 24 to September 5, 2021.

The 2021 World Athletics Championships have been rescheduled for July 14-24 in 2022, narrowly avoiding a clash with the Commonwealth Games which will start on July 27, 2022.

This year's London Marathon has been moved to October 4, but the European Athletics Championships in Paris have been cancelled.

The Tour de France has been pushed back to August 29 as part of a revamped cycling schedule. It will be followed by the World Championships in Switzerland, the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana.

The World Snooker Championship has been rescheduled to run from July 31 to August 16 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

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