Italian Serie A season to end on August 20

The Italian Serie A has to wrap up the current season by August 20, the football federation says

Italy's football federation wants to complete the Serie A season currently interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic on August 20 so that the next season can start in early September.

The ruling body conducted a teleconference on Wednesday, a day after the government called a meeting for next week to possibly set a June date for the restart the season that was halted in early March.

"The FIGC has expressed its will to restart and complete the professional leagues, setting August 20 for the closure of Serie A, B and C competition. The 2020-21 season will start on September 1," a statement read.

The ruling body has also considered scenarios for a possible new interruption of the leagues due to renewed cases of infection or a worsening of the pandemic.

It would then consider either playoffs or would set criteria to determine promotions and relegations to wrap up the leagues.

No decision has been taken about continuation of the women's Serie A league, while all amateur competitions have been cancelled, with decisions about their outcomes to be taken by June 30.

Hopes for a restart of a closed-doors season were boosted Tuesday after the government allowed team training and invited by the footbaall federation and league bodies to a meeting on May 28.