Football fans of 10 clubs in England will be allowed to return to stadiums for competitive professional fixtures this weekend.
The EFL have announced that 10 matches will have up to 1,000 fans in attendance. The move is part of a pilot as the British government and clubs work together to explore the best way to get fans back to games.
An experiment saw Cambridge United fans attend their season opener last weekend but the pilot is now being rolled out to more clubs. The following matches this weekend will have attendances of up to 1,000 supporters:
- Luton v Derby County
- Norwich v Preston
- Middlesbrough v Bournemouth
- Charlton v Doncaster Rovers
- Blackpool v Swindon Town
- Shrewsbury v Northampton
- Hull v Crewe
- Forest Green Rovers v Bradford City
- Carlisle United v Southend
- Morecambe v Cambridge United
“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,” said EFL chief Rick Parry.
“The health and well-being of supporters and their wider communities remains the priority, but as we showed at Cambridge, social distancing can be applied safely.
“By extending across more EFL clubs we hope to further demonstrate that the measures developed can allow fans to return in greater numbers from as early as next month.”