When will Premier League 2020-21 start and finish? Teams involved and all you need to know
As the 2019-20 campaign comes to a close, Goal takes a look at when the new one begins and endsnull
It won’t be long after the curtain falls on the 2019-20 Premier League season that the 2020-21 campaign kicks off.
Having resumed play on June 17 following the coronavirus-enforced lockdown period, Premier League clubs will have 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 will then bookend 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 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.
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.
If the league commences in September, it is entirely achievable to finish in May.
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 drop down a division.
Norwich City, Bournemouth and Watford lost the fight to retain their place at the top table and were relegated to the Championship.ClubStadium2019-20 positionArsenalEmirates Stadium8thAston VillaVilla Park17thBrightonAmex15thBurnleyTurf Moor10thChelseaStamford Bridge4thCrystal PalaceSelhurst Park14thEvertonGoodison Park12thLeeds UnitedElland Road1st ChampionshipLeicester CityKing Power Stadium5thLiverpoolAnfield1stManchester CityEtihad Stadium2ndManchester UnitedOld Trafford3rdNewcastle UnitedSt James’ Park13thSheffield UnitedBramall Lane9thSouthamptonSt Mary’s Stadium11thTottenhamTottenham Hotspur Stadium6thWest BromThe Hawthorns2nd ChampionshipWest HamLondon Stadium16thWolvesMolineux Stadium7thTBC-Championship play-offs winner
The three relegated clubs will be replaced by three teams from the Championship. Leeds United were the first promoted team, followed by West Brom.