The Premier League has given its clubs the permission to arrange friendly matches to improve their teams’ match sharpness ahead of restarting the league.
Premier League gave clubs the go-ahead to stage friendly games, albeit, handing out strict rules to checkmate social distancing and proper hygiene.
These are some of the rules to be strictly adherred to by clubs willing to play friendly matches:
- Clubs are not allowed to travel for more than 90 minutes.
- Every player is confined to travelling in their own private cars and personal kits.
- Official match officials or referees are not to be used. Instead, Coaching staff can fill in as match officials.
- Risk-assessment must be carried out thoroughly on training camp/stadium to be used.
The likes of Newcastle and Norwich City who are based very far from most clubs in the league were however granted conditional pardon on some of the rules meted out.
The Premier League are exploring every option available to help teams prepare better– while being wary of coronavirus– and play quiality football when the league returns on June 17.
Manchester City will be welcoming Arsenal on the 17th for the first official Premier League match since COVID-19 halted proceedings.