More than 100 players are out of contract after May 31 and if the A-League does restart, contracts would almost certainly stretch beyond this date.
“Some players will continue (beyond May 31) because they have contracts that enter next year, and some players will finish their contracts with their clubs on May 31,” Johnson told ABC Grandstand.
“There are discussions that have occurred at FIFA which have accepted guidelines for player contracts to be extended and also to run to the conclusion of the respective year given the COVID situation. These guidelines revolve for modifications to transfer windows all over the world.
“They’re not something we could enforce but they’re certainly guidelines which we can use in discussions with the PFA and the nightclubs to try to find a pragmatic solution once we’re somewhat clearer on when the date we would restart the A-League is.”
Johnson said the FFA will not follow the lead of other codes in determining a return to play.
“The NRL has selected its path and we are likely to select our own, and that’s another path,” Johnson stated.
“I think football, our code, is very lucky because we are local but we are also an extremely global sport and we do have a variety of examples of other leagues all over the world which we can look at and learn from.
“So in addition to our local sports we’re also in touch with global football leagues and we’re trying to learn as much as we can. Finally, we will decide what we think is ideal for our sport.”
Meanwhile, Perth Glory owner Tony Sage said the club had yet to receive its latest broadcast rights payment, amid ongoing uncertainty over the future of the A-League’s deal with Fox Sports.
“The FFA is in negotiations, (also ) have been very for the previous two or three weeks to find out exactly where we stand,” Sage informed Sportsday WA.
“We haven’t received our supply from the broadcast, which we always get on the 15th of each month.”