FIFA are set to officially confirm the indefinite extension of the 2019-20 season in the next 48 hours, according to a report today from The Athletic. This will include not only pushing out the official end of the season past June 30, but will also alter the dates of the summer transfer window.
Combined, the moves are set to ensure that leagues will not cancel their seasons (just yet) — looking at you, Belgium — and should allow teams to extend players’ contracts as needed. So the likes of Willian, Pedro, Olivier Giroud, and Willy Caballero can continue to play for Chelsea as we see out the end of the 2019-20 season at some point in the summer, while incoming transfers previously set for July 1 (i.e. Hakim Ziyech), will now be completed only a future date that’s yet to be revealed (whenever the new transfer window will open).
FIFA’s aim is to afford “maximum flexibility” for the various associations to finish out the season. While obviously there is no perfect solution in this case, any knock-on effect from extending the season (fitness, financial, legal) is surely to be easier to deal with than all the fallout (sporting, financial, legal) from canceling the season.