The NCAA Division I Council has approved a six-week practice plan for college football teams that will allow teams the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming season to start on time.

Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated reported the news on Wednesday.

The NCAA’s decision means that teams can begin training for the upcoming season in mid-July. Teams that are scheduled to play in Week 0 games will be approved to start one week earlier than the other teams that will not play until the following weekend.

Initially, the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee presented the DI Council with the proposal. Even last week, the council was expected to approve the recommendation.

On June 1, the NCAA lifted its moratorium on organized team activities. Several schools have allowed student-athletes to return to campus in phases while following COVID-19 protocols and guidelines. Since arriving back on campus, players have been permitted to participate in voluntary strength and conditioning workouts.

The first B1G game of the season is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3.