As the 2019-20 campaign comes to a close, Goal takes a look at when the new one begins and ends
The curtain has fallen on the 2019-20 Premier League season, but it won’t be long before the 2020-21 campaign kicks off.
Having resumed play on June 17 following the coronavirus-enforced lockdown period, Premier League clubs squeezed nine (and a bit) matchdays into the space of a month, with the last games of the season being played on July 26. The FA Cup final then bookended the term on August 1.
So when exactly will the next Premier League season begin? Will clubs have much of a pre-season?
Goal takes a look at the dates and which teams will be involved as English football looks to rebuild in the aftermath of the pandemic.
- When will Premier League 2020-21 start?
- When will Premier League 2020-21 finish?
- Which teams will be involved in Premier League 2020-21?
- When will Premier League 2020-21 fixtures be released?
When will Premier League 2020-21 start?
The 2020-21 Premier League start date is Saturday September 12. The date was confirmed on July 24.
The Daily Mirror reported that the Football Association favoured an August start date, a position that is understood to have been influenced by the fact that England‘s UEFA Nations League fixtures against Iceland and Denmark are scheduled for September 5 and 8 respectively.
However, Premier League clubs themselves were reportedly more keen on the September start date and it is understandable given that their players will have just played out a gruelling end to the 2019-20 season.
In normal circumstances, teams are granted a three-month break from competitive action, with the league season usually concluding in May and starting up again in August.
Pre-season, the period when players hone their match fitness, tends to kick off around a month before the first competitive games, but that will be impossible ahead of the 2020-21 season. This season, pre-season is likely to last just a matter of weeks before competitive games commence.
When will Premier League 2020-21 finish?
The finish date for the 2020-21 Premier League season May 23, 2021. That means the normal cycle will effectively resume.
Which teams will be involved in Premier League 2020-21?
There will be 20 clubs in the 2020-21 Premier League, with three new clubs joining, while three have dropped down a division.
The three relegated clubs will be replaced by three teams from the Championship. Leeds United were the first promoted team, followed by West Brom.
They will be joined by Fulham, who won the Championship play-offs final against Brentford at the beginning of August.
When will Premier League 2020-21 fixtures be released?
Premier League fixtures are normally released approximately two months before the season is due to begin, but that will not be the case for 2020-21.
No date has yet been confirmed by the Premier League for the fixtures release, but it is likely that the schedule will be announced in the middle or end of August, ahead of the start date of September 12.
Either way, it gives a relatively short space of time for teams to sort their preparations and for broadcasters to make arrangements for coverage of games.
In normal circumstances such a short timeframe would make things quite difficult for many supporters in terms of the logisitics of getting to games, but it is less of an issue due to the fact that games will be played behind closed doors.