And full stadiums move a step closer this weekend as part of the government’s crowd pilots.
Matches have been played behind closed doors amid the coronavirus pandemic though clubs are eager to see fans return.
Ten EFL matches will be allowed to have up to 1,000 fans attend this weekend as part of the government’s crowd pilots amid the coronavirus pandemic
EFL chairman Rick Parry said: ”It’s encouraging that we are in a position to move forward with the next phase of the pilot programme and give a small number of our clubs the opportunity to welcome back up to a 1,000 fans this week.
In good news for football fans, ten EFL matches matches will be allowed to have up to 1,000 fans attend this weekend.
Three Championship games, four League One matches and three in League Two, all taking place on Saturday, have been chosen though cannot have more than 1,000 in attendance.
“The requirement to welcome spectators back through turnstiles has not diminished in any way, the financial challenges facing EFL clubs have been explained on numerous occasions, they are substantial and a problem that requires immediate solutions.”
“The health and wellbeing of supporters and their wider communities remains the priority, but as we showed at Cambridge [in a crowd pilot at 8 September’s EFL Trophy game], social distancing can be applied safely.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden added: “I know that many fans are eager to return to football and that jobs depend on this too, so fans will welcome [this]news.
“This will help us build the evidence base to see how we can return fans safely in greater numbers as soon as it is safe to do so.”
Middlesbrough vs AFC Bournemouth
Luton Town vs Derby County
Blackpool vs Swindon Town
Norwich City vs Preston North End