Premier League 2020/21: Season start date, finish date, new kits

The 29th campaign was originally due to begin on August 8 but coronavirus has impacted the football calendar; the new season will commence just six weeks after the 2019/20 one will have finished.

Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Wolves could be given extra time off by the Premier League having reached at least the quarter-final stage of European competition.The season is scheduled to finish on Sunday May 23, 2021 – just 19 days before the rescheduled Euro 2020 kicks off.

When will the fixtures be announced?

The full fixture schedule, the Premier League says, will be released no later than Friday August 21.

Initial broadcast selections will follow, along with dates for subsequent fixture amendments throughout the season.

The Premier League has, however, released the dates for each matchweek.
Leeds are back in the Premier League after a 16-year absence, while West Brom sealed the second automatic promotion spot after a topsy-turvy final day of the Championship season.
Fulham will join them after beating Brentford in the play-off final at Wembley.

Norwich made an immediate return to the second tier, with Watford and Bournemouth relegated on the final day.
The season will begin behind closed doors but some spectators could to return to venues on a socially-distanced basis later in the year.

The trialling of fans at sports venues will resume with the World Snooker Championship final on August 15.

A previous experiment had to be postponed at the start of August after the infection rate rose in areas around the country but Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes the move will pave the way for fans to return to all sports events in England from October 1.

Clubs discussed bringing fans back to grounds at a Premier League meeting on July 24 and the Premier League have said they would offer to use pre-season matches and the opening games of the new season as test events to help manage the return of fans inside stadia.

Reports have suggested grounds may only initially be between 30 and 50 per cent full and that attendance at sporting events for the foreseeable future will be subject to a number of strict conditions.

Bundesliga clubs have agreed a plan to allow fans back into stadiums, potentially as early as the 2020-21 season-opener on Friday September 18, though the final decision will be made by local politicians in each of the country’s 16 federal states. No away fans would be allowed in stadiums until at least the end of 2020.

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