Bundesliga: German top-flight league to commence on 18 September; winter break cut short

Germany will start the 2020-21 season with cup games on 11 September before the Bundesliga resumes on 18 September. The winter break has been cut short to fit the season between postponed European tournaments.

The Associated Press July 10, 2020 19:26:52 IST

Frankfurt: Germany will start the 2020-21 season with cup games on 11 September before the Bundesliga resumes on 18 September. The winter break has been cut short to fit the season between postponed European tournaments.

The calendar published Friday by the German football federation has the league starting more than a month after it did in 2019-20. That allows space for the Champions League and Europa League mini-tournaments in August and a block of national-team games.

The Bundesliga will end on 22 May, in time for the European Championship, which start June 11 after being pushed back a year amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Super Cup is normally the German season-opener, but it's been delayed to 30 September.

To squeeze a full schedule of games between the postponed European tournaments, there's an extra round of midweek games and the winter break has been slashed. The last games of 2020 will be cup games on 23 December and the first league games of 2021 are set for 2 January, two weeks earlier than in 2019-20.

Bayern Munich secured their eighth straight Bundesliga title last month, after the German league restarted amid the pandemic in May. Every Bundesliga game since the restart was played without fans.

The league said Friday it will support clubs working with local health authorities to draw up plans for the safe return of spectators. There will be consultations between the clubs in the top two divisions about issues including whether to allow away supporters.

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