Next week could be crucial in the potential return of English football, according to two people involved in the sport.
The Premier League hopes to return on 12 June, with a vote due on Monday on various proposals, including playing at neutral grounds.
The league wants to remove home and away fixtures to avoid crowds congregating outside stadiums and it needs 14 of the 20 clubs to vote in favour for that proposal to pass.
League Managers’ Association chief executive Richard Bevan has told the BBC the season will probably be cancelled if that idea is voted down.
Meanwhile, Coventry City chief executive Dave Boddy says
the “middle of next week… is the tipping point” for whether the Football League can return.
England’s second to fourth tiers need to finish by 31 July and Boddy thinks if players do not start training next week that will be impossible.
The German Bundesliga is hoping to return this month – although reports in Germany now suggest the government has pushed it back to 22 May.