Premier League organisers have suggested the 2020/21 season can be completed with “half the matches” in new plans.
Top-flight clubs are preparing for the new campaign to begin in September after discussions between shareholders last month.
The last campaign was suspended for three months due to Covid-19 – and it could still hit the next season, with fears of a second wave in Britain.
But the Standard has revealed how top-flight organisers are already preparing contingency plans for the 2020/21 campaign.
Proposals for the new term have seen the top-flight already pass the threshold for the season to be considered valid.
But a new meeting next week will see a plan proposed to see final placings decided by points per game if “50 per cent or more of all scheduled fixtures have been played”.
And it would see the title, European qualification and relegation all decided on this basis.
Premier League organisers would need a majority vote of of 70 per cent to get the plan across, with 14 of the 20 clubs voting for the “curtailment”.
But these implications would be scrapped if the 50 per-cent mark of fixtures, playing 18 or less games.
The Premier League clubs will meet next week to discuss the proposal, with the aim of setting up a response at a meeting on September 3.
Organisers have already voted on rules for the new season at the Annual General Meeting earlier this week.
The number of substitutes was return to three, having been put at five since lockdown to help teams deal with fitness problems.
While VAR will get a new Referee Review Ares, which will see an increase in match officials using the pitch side monitor.
It will see subjective decisions such as red cards and penalties under review more often.
And the ball for the new season was revealed last month.