What will the Premier League's contact training be like?

Close contact is defined as anything which occurs within the two-metre social distancing boundary.
What will the Premier League's contact training be like?

The Premier League’s contact training proposals will be voted on by the 20 clubs at a shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at some of the measures likely to be included in the proposals, based on the ‘Elite sport return to training guidance: Stage Two’ guidelines issued earlier this week by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

– What is defined as close contact?

The guidelines state that this is any interaction within the two-metre social distancing boundary.

– Will the contact be limited?

Yes, and it will be gradual. The DCMS guidance recommends that initial contact work is done in clusters of two to three people, extended to groups of between four and 12, before ultimately returning to full team training. Social distancing should be practised at all other times.

– How long will sessions last?

Watford’s Adrian Mariappa tested positive for coronavirus in the first round of testing (Tess Derry/PA)
Watford’s Adrian Mariappa tested positive for coronavirus in the first round of testing (Tess Derry/PA)

Twice-weekly testing will continue – the next set of results are due to be published on Wednesday.

– What will happen in the event of a positive test?

As happens now, the player testing positive will self-isolate for seven days before being tested again. But the key difference once contact training starts is that any individuals that person has been in close contact with must also isolate.

– How will clubs know who should isolate?

Erik Lamela at the Tottenham training ground on March 9, before the Premier League was suspended (Adam Davy/PA)
Erik Lamela at the Tottenham training ground on March 9, before the Premier League was suspended (Adam Davy/PA)

By ensuring there is no swapping between designated clusters or larger groups unless strictly required for realistic team training. Again, any swapping should be meticulously recorded.

– When will contact training start?

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has said a restart date of June 12 was only ever a “staging post”, with no definitive restart date set so far (Mike Egerton/PA)
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has said a restart date of June 12 was only ever a “staging post”, with no definitive restart date set so far (Mike Egerton/PA)

The league was working on a four-week training plan before matches could start, including the period where only small group training was allowed. Based on that, matches could resume in the week beginning June 8 but concerns from players and managers over adequate preparation may push that back by a week or two.

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