sport news How the football leagues could look next season: Premier League to League Two

When, and if, football can return in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic remains to be seen. What is certain, however, is that lasting impacts will be felt.

Across all tiers of the English game alternatives are now being drawn up and discussed in the eventuality of the ongoing campaigns being unable to conclude naturally.

All manner of complications currently exist in all divisions. At the peak of English football, relegation and European qualification still sit at the forefront of manners, with the huge margin of leaders Liverpool providing an easy decision of labelling Jurgen Klopp's men champions.

With the coronavirus pandemic having halted football, teams up and down the country across all divisions - including West Brom in the Championship - have been left in limbo

With the coronavirus pandemic having halted football, teams up and down the country across all divisions - including West Brom in the Championship - have been left in limbo

As reported by Sportsmail, Leeds and West Brom will be promoted to the Premier League if the Championship season is cancelled, with the play-offs going ahead as normal. 

Relegations from divisions would not occur under the proposals, while instead leagues would open up additional spots to accommodate the emergency measures. 

Championship officials are more confident about restarting, but there is said to be a preferred contingency plan in place should that not be possible, involving processing the league tables as they stand.

With this methodology in mind, Sportsmail has taken a look how at the leagues could look next season, should this be applied en masse.

Premier League

Troy Deeney and Watford would see their top flight dogfight for survival brought to an end

Troy Deeney and Watford would see their top flight dogfight for survival brought to an end

The arrival of Leeds and West Brom would be joined by either Fulham, Preston, Brentford or Nottingham Forest.

The latter quartet would battle out for the final promotion place under new proposals, playing one-off matches behind closed doors at a neutral geographical venue.

Three teams would then be promoted, to create an unprecedented Premier League top-flight of 23 teams.

Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich would avoid toppling back into the Championship, while precariously poised Watford and West Ham would see an end spelled to their survival dogfight.

The Championship

Leeds will be promoted to the Premier League if the Championship season is cancelled

Leeds will be promoted to the Premier League if the Championship season is cancelled

With three teams up into the top flight, the second tier of English football would then welcome promotions from below while also retaining their full run of teams.

In a play-off set up, Fulham would take on Preston and Brentford would face Nottingham Forest, with the winners of each tie battling for the final spot in the top-flight.

The semi-finals could reportedly be played as one-off ties at a neutral venue rather than over two legs. All games would be behind closed doors with no fans.

Barnsley, Luton and Charlton Athletic would breathe a sigh of relief, given the three had fallen away from fellow strugglers at the depths of the division. 

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