May 10, 2021

Football calendar – all the new dates

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Key dates for remainder of 2019/20 season and latest confirmed schedule for 2020/21 plus England games and summer transfer window plans

Last Updated: 02/08/20 11:39am

Football is back and a new calendar is taking shape. From domestic and continental competitions to the new European Championship schedule, keep track of all the new dates.

2019/20 SEASON

Sky Bet EFL play-offs 2019/20

Northampton thrashed Exeter in the League Two play-off final, while Wycombe edged Oxford 2-1 at Wembley in the League One final to reach the Championship for the first time in their history.

The Championship play-offs will be broadcast exclusively live on Sky Sports, with one of Brentford, Fulham, Cardiff or Swansea joining Leeds and West Brom in the Premier League.

Championship

July 26: Swansea 1-0 Brentford
July 27: Cardiff 0-2 Fulham
July 29: Brentford vs Swansea – 7.45pm, Sky Sports
July 30: Fulham vs Cardiff – 7.45pm, Sky Sports
August 4: Final – 7.45pm, Sky Sports

Champions League

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne celebrates converting his penalty against Real Madrid Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne celebrates converting his penalty against Real Madrid

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne celebrates converting his penalty against Real Madrid

Champions League knockout games will be played in a 12-day condensed tournament in Lisbon in from August 12-23.

Paris Saint-Germain, Atalanta, Atletico Madrid and RB Leipzig have already guaranteed their respective places in the last eight. Manchester City – 2-1 up against Real Madrid from the first leg – and Chelsea, who face a tough task after a 3-0 first-leg defeat to Bayern Munich, are hoping to join them. Juventus will need to overturn a 1-0 deficit against Lyon if they are to progress and Barcelona are level 1-1 with Napoli with the second legs yet to be played.

UEFA is yet to determine whether those matches will take place at the respective host stadiums, or in Portugal, but say a decision will be made before July 10, when the draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals will take place in Nyon.

August 7/8: Four remaining last-16 second legs
August 12-15: Quarter-finals
August 18/19: Semi-finals
August 23: Champions League final

Europa League

Anthony Martial's Manchester United beat LASK 5-0 in the first leg Anthony Martial's Manchester United beat LASK 5-0 in the first leg

Anthony Martial’s Manchester United beat LASK 5-0 in the first leg

Wolves, Rangers and Manchester United will play their round-of-16 second legs against Olympiakos, Bayer Leverkusen and LASK respectively on August 5/6. UEFA says a decision will be made in due course as to where those games will be staged.

As the first-leg fixtures between Inter Milan and Getafe, and Sevilla and Roma were postponed too, those ties will be played as a single leg on the same dates at a venue also to be confirmed.

All subsequent matches in the competition will be played as a final-eight tournament across four venues in Germany – Cologne, Duisburg, Dusseldorf and Gelsenkirchen – from August 10-21.

The draw for the Europa League quarter-finals and semi-finals will take place on July 10.

August 5/6: Round of 16 (six second legs plus single-leg ties for Inter Milan vs Getafe and Sevilla vs Roma)
August 10/11: Quarter-finals
August 16/17: Semi-finals
August 21: Final

Super Cup

The 2020 UEFA Super Cup was originally due to be hosted by Porto but will now be played at the Puskas Arena in Budapest on September 24.

Women’s Champions League

The Women’s Champions League will be played as a knockout tournament in Bilbao, Spain from August 21-30.

August 21/22: Quarter-finals
August 25/26: Semi-finals
August 30: Final

SUMMER TRANSFER WINDOW

The summer transfer window will open for 10 weeks, starting on July 27 and ending at 11pm on October 5.

But, following consultation with the EFL, a domestic-only window will run from October 5 to 5pm on October 16.

During this window, Premier League clubs will only be able to trade with EFL clubs – either loans or permanent registrations – and can’t do business with each other or with foreign clubs.

2020/21 SEASON

Scottish Premiership

The Scottish Premiership is set to return in August as part of a new deal with Sky Sports The Scottish Premiership is set to return in August as part of a new deal with Sky Sports

The Scottish Premiership is set to return in August as part of a new deal with Sky Sports

The 2019/20 Scottish Championship was ended on May 18, with Celtic crowned champions for a ninth successive season and Hearts relegated.

The 2020/21 campaign will start on Saturday August 1 as part of a new deal with Sky Sports that will include ‘virtual season tickets’ for top-flight clubs and up to 48 games broadcast exclusively live on Sky Sports.

Champions Celtic will host Hamilton on the opening weekend, while Rangers travel to Aberdeen, with both games live on Sky.

The final stages of the 2019/20 Scottish Cup will take place in the middle of the 20/21 season, after being given the green light by the Scottish FA. Semi-finals between Hearts and Hibernian and Celtic and Aberdeen have been scheduled for October 31 and November 1, with the final pencilled in for December 20.

Community Shield

The Community Shield will take place on Saturday, August 29.

The match between Premier League champions Liverpool and FA Cup winners Arsenal will be played a fortnight before the scheduled start of the new domestic season on September 12.

The FA said the kick-off time would be confirmed in due course.

It has been reported that the match could serve as a test event to welcome a restricted number of supporters into Wembley as part of plans for supporters to make a socially distanced return to sports venues more widely from October 1. The match will be immediately followed by an international break from September 2 to 10.

Premier League

The Premier League has revealed the 2020/21 season will start on September 12 and run until May 23 2021.

Sky Bet EFL

The EFL has confirmed the Championship, League One and League Two seasons will commence on the weekend of September 12, with their regular seasons ending on the weekend of May 8, 2021.

Champions League

The qualifying round for the 2020/21 edition of Europe’s top club tournament will be played in single legs, with the exception being the Champions League play-offs, which will remain over two legs. A draw will determine which club will play the single leg in their stadium.

The group stage will start on October 20/21, 2020 with the final taking place in Istanbul on May 29, 2021.

August 8-11: Preliminary round
August 18/19: First qualifying round
August 25/26: Second qualifying round
September 15/16: Third qualifying round
September 22/23 & 29/30: Play-offs
October 20/21: Group stage matchday 1
October 27/28: Group stage matchday 2
November 3/4: Group stage matchday 3
November 24/25: Group stage matchday 4
December 1/2: Group stage matchday 5
December 8/9: Group stage matchday 6
February 16/17, 2021: Round of 16
April 6/14, 2021: Quarter-finals
April 17 & May 5, 2021: Semi-finals
May 29, 2021: Final

Which English clubs have qualified? Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United (all group stage)

Raul Jimenez celebrates after his brilliant strike to give Wolves a second-half lead Raul Jimenez celebrates after his brilliant strike to give Wolves a second-half lead

Raul Jimenez celebrates after his brilliant strike to give Wolves a second-half lead

Eight in Europe?

Arsenal’s FA Cup win opens up the opportunity for eight English sides to be playing in Europe next season.

If Wolves win the Europa League, they will join Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea in the Champions League group stage next term as Europa League winners.

Europa League

The Europa League will follow the same qualifying format as the Champions League.

The group stage will start on October 20, 2020 and the final will take place in Gdansk, Poland on May 26, 2021.

August 20: Preliminary round
August 27: First qualifying round
September 17: Second qualifying round
September 24: Third qualifying round
October 1: Play-offs
October 22: Group stage matchday 1
October 29: Group stage matchday 2
November 5: Group stage matchday 3
November 26: Group stage matchday 4
December 3: Group stage matchday 5
December 10: Group stage matchday 6
February 18 & 25, 2021: Round of 32
March 11 & 18, 2021: Round of 16
April 8 & 15, 2021: Quarter-finals
April 29 & May 6, 2021: Semi-finals
May 26: Final

Which English clubs have qualified? Leicester, Arsenal (both group stage), Tottenham (second qualifying round)

Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho

Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho

When does Spurs’ EL campaign start?

Arsenal’s FA Cup win Wembley win means Tottenham face a qualification campaign to reach the Europa League group stages.

Jose Mourinho’s side will enter the second round of qualifying and face an additional three qualifying games, with trips to Belarus, Kazakhstan, Montenegro, Estonia and the Faroe Islands all possible.

Spurs’ European campaign will now start on September 17, just five days after the new Premier League season gets underway.

Euro 2020 play-offs

Scotland face Israel in the Euro 2020 play-offs Scotland face Israel in the Euro 2020 play-offs

Scotland face Israel in the Euro 2020 play-offs

The national team football windows of October and November 2020 will now feature triple-headers instead of double-headers, allowing the postponed European Qualifiers play-offs to be rescheduled at the beginning of the respective windows, on October 8 and November 12.

Play-off semi-finals (October 8)

Path A: Iceland vs Romania, Bulgaria vs Hungary
Path B: Bosnia & Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland, Slovakia vs Republic of Ireland
Path C: Scotland vs Israel, Norway vs Serbia
Path D: Georgia vs Belarus, North Macedonia vs Kosovo

Play-off finals (November 12)

Path A: Bulgaria/Hungary vs Iceland/Romania
Path B: Bosnia &Herzegovina/Northern Ireland vs Slovakia/Republic of Ireland
Path C: Norway/Serbia vs Scotland/Israel
Path D: Georgia/Belarus vs North Macedonia/Kosovo

Nations League

The 2020/21 UEFA Nations League group stage will take place on revised dates in September, October and November.

The group stage matches will be played on the following matchdays: September 3/4/5 and 6/7/8; October 10/11 and 13/14; November 14/15 and 17/18.

No further dates have yet been confirmed.

England have been drawn in League A, Group 2 to face Iceland, Denmark and Belgium in the next edition of the tournament.

Republic of Ireland have been drawn against Wales in League B, Group 4, alongside Bulgaria and Finland.

Scotland will come up against Israel, Slovakia and Czech Republic in League B, Group 2, while Northern Ireland face a tricky Group 1 in League B against Romania, Norway and Austria.

EURO 2020 FINALS

The European Championship has been moved to the summer of 2021 The European Championship has been moved to the summer of 2021

The European Championship has been moved to the summer of 2021

The postponed tournament – which will continue to be named ‘Euro 2020’ – has been pushed back a summer and will now take place from June 11-July 11, 2021. The 12 original host cities have been confirmed as venues for the rescheduled tournament.

The draw

Group A (Rome/Baku): Turkey, Italy (hosts), Wales, Switzerland
Group B (Copenhagen/St Petersburg): Denmark (hosts), Finland, Belgium, Russia (hosts)
Group C (Amsterdam/Bucharest): Netherlands (hosts), Ukraine, Austria, Play-off winner D or A
Group D (London/Glasgow): England (hosts), Croatia, Play-off winner C, Czech Republic
Group E (Bilbao/Dublin): Spain (hosts), Sweden, Poland, Play-off winner B
Group F (Munich/Budapest): Play-off winner A or D, Portugal (holders), France, Germany (hosts)

Tournament dates

June 11- 23: Group stage
June 26-29: Round of 16
July 2/3: Quarter-finals
July 6/7: Semi-finals
July 11: Final

England’s Group D schedule – and potential route to final

June 13: England vs Croatia – 3pm, Wembley
June 18: England vs Play-off winner C – 9pm, Wembley
June 22: Czech Republic vs England – 9pm, Wembley
June 28: Round of 16 – 2D vs 2E (Game 5) – 6pm, Copenhagen
June 29: Round of 16 – 1D vs 2F – (Game 7) – 6pm, Dublin
July 2: Quarter-finals – Winner 6 vs Winner 5 (QF1) – 6pm, St Petersburg
July 3: Quarter-finals – Winner 8 vs Winner 7 (QF4) – 9pm, Munich
July 6: Winner QF2 vs Winner QF1 – 9pm, Wembley
July 7: Winner QF4 vs Winner QF3 – 9pm, Wembley

2022 WORLD CUP

FIFA has confirmed the initial schedule for the 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar.

The first game will kick off at 10am on Monday November 21, with four matches per day during the group stage.

The final has been pencilled in for 5pm on December 18 at the 80,000-seater Lusail Stadium.

Group fixtures and details of venues and kick-off times will be confirmed after the draw, which is currently planned for after for after the March 2022 international match calendar qualifying window.

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