The German top-flight league, the Bundesliga, is set to return on May despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
A meeting between the German football authorities is expected on Thursday as they contemplate of returning to action on May 9 in empty stadiums.
According to reports from Germany, The German Football League (DFL) is desperate for the league season to be completed by June 30 to ensure payment of the next instalment of television money, worth around 300 million euros ($326 million).
The news comes at a time when 18 clubs in the league have been back in training for three weeks, albeit in small groups with social distancing observed even on the pitch.
The government led by chancellor Merkel and regional state premiers is expected to hold a meeting on April 30 in order to give cash aids for some clubs with 13 of the 36 clubs in Germany's top two tiers reportedly on the verge of insolvency.
Christian Seifert, the Bundesliga's CEO, has said the league's clubs and stars have a duty "to repay the trust" shown by the politicians; sentiments echoed by senior figures at Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig.
"This is a great leap of faith," said Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke. "Football is an opportunity to give millions of fans a little more zest for life again."