Thousands of fans will be able to return to stadiums from May 17 at the earliest, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced.
The latest news means supporters could return for the final day of the Premier League season on May 23.
Up to 10,000 people or a quarter of the capacity, whichever is smaller, will be permitted in the largest venues like Wembley.
However, smaller stadiums will be limited to either 4,000 people or half of their capacity, whichever is lower.
The government have also confirmed they will run a series of pilots from April using enhanced testing approaches and other measures to run events with larger crowd sizes and reduced social distancing to evaluate the outcomes.