English football could be on the road to bringing crowds back, after it was confirmed that multiple lower league games this weekend will feature fans in the stadium.
BBC Sport reports that the EFL has announced that nine games this weekend will feature crowds of 1,000 people.
That is the first time that crowds will have attended EFL fixtures since March.
Timing of announcement is interesting
The timing of the announcement is certainly interesting, as it comes in the middle of more severe lock down rules being implemented all over parts of the United Kingdom.
However, that doesn’t seem to have stopped the upcoming pilot games taking place.
All of British football will be watching the events taking place, to see if they are a success, and pass by without incident.
There were two pilot games in the Scottish Premiership last weekend, but they were limited to 300 fans. This is the next step for football in the United Kingdom.
The Governments of the United Kingdom will no doubt be watching closely as well. After all, they make the decisions about fans attending events in their respective countries.
The timing of the test games is certainly interesting, as they fall more than a week before the start of October.
Review of fans returning just over two weeks away
The reason it is so interesting is that Boris Johnson announced last week, as reported by Sky Sports, that there is to be a review on fans returning to stadiums on October 1st.
For that to happen, then you have to imagine that the pilot games will need to be success.
It is obvious why football teams want fans back into the stadiums – they are losing money.
However, safety has to come first. Even though football would dramatically improve when fans in the stadium, cheering on their team.
Football will improve in the United Kingdom when fans can once more attend. Even if it is capped at 1,000 people. That would create at least some kind of atmosphere that has been sadly lacking behind closed doors.
Hopefully the 10 pilot events go ahead without any issues. Should that happen, then attention will turn towards October 1st, and the Government review on the return of fans.