Premier League's 2020-21 season to kick off on 12 September, final round of fixtures on 23 May next year

The new season, originally scheduled to begin on 8 August, has been delayed this year after the Premier League suspended the 2019-20 season for three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reuters July 24, 2020 20:53:06 IST
Premier League's 2020-21 season to kick off on 12 September, final round of fixtures on 23 May next year

The 2020-21 English Premier League season will begin on 12 September and the final round of matches will be held on 23 May, the league announced on Friday.

The new season, originally scheduled to begin on 8 August, has been delayed this year after the Premier League suspended the 2019-20 season for three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The current season will end with a final round of fixtures on Sunday, giving teams about seven weeks to prepare for the next campaign.

However, teams still competing in the Champions League and Europa League will have less time to prepare should they advance deeper into the knockout stages, with the finals of the two competitions to be held on 23 August and 21 August respectively.

The new season kicks off after the international break with European football’s governing body UEFA announcing last month that Nations League matches would be played between 3-8 September.

The Premier League also added that they would continue to consult with the Football Association (FA) and the English Football League (EFL) regarding the scheduling of domestic competitions.

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