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Match of the Day 'Preparing' For June 12 Return With Huge Fixture List

Match of the Day 'Preparing' For June 12 Return With Huge Fixture List

Match of the Day are reportedly preparing for the Premier League to resume on June 12.

The Telegraph have stated that the BBC have been told to get ready for two months of uninterrupted games, including three-day weekends of games as well as four midweek rounds.

There are currently 92 games of the 2019/2020 Premier League season to be played, with UEFA's deadline of August 2 for finishing domestic leagues looming.

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The FA Cup is currently in the quarter-final stages and that will also be wrapped up within that time period.

August 7 is the mooted date for the FA Cup final based on current plans.

Match of the Day has still been running throughout the coronavirus pandemic but not in its traditional format.

Gary Lineker, Ian Wright and Alan Shearer have begun their popular podcast while in lockdown, creating a variety of top ten lists.

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When the Premier League returns, it's likely that a number of rules will be altered.

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FIFA have liaised with lawmakers from the International Football Association Board (IFAB) - who have approved the introduction of five substitutions for teams to lessen the load on players who now look set to play a high volume of games in a short period of time following the COVID-19 outbreak.

There will only be three in-game opportunities to make substitutions, with an extra sub allowed in extra time.

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Also part of the confirmed changes is the ability to scrap VAR in the middle of the season - though this will depend on each individual league and how they elect to act.

There's no word on what the Premier League's stance on VAR is going forward but it's worth noting that social distancing isn't exactly being carried out at Stockley Park.

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This has only happened on one occasion in England - during Manchester City's 1-0 Carabao Cup semi-final second leg win over Burton Albion last season.

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Topics: Football News, Match of the Day, Football, Premier League, FA Cup, Coronavirus

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Daniel is a freelance journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.