Were Arsenal to be successful in the FA Cup final on May 30th, their new campaign would begin barely two months later as the Community Shield has been scheduled for August 2nd.
The FA have released next season’s fixtures, and after the traditional season opener, the first round of Premier League games take place on Saturday August 8th.
It means the summer break is shorter than usual, and with Alexis Sanchez due to take place in the Copa America, which runs until mid-July, we might have to make plans for that if Chile make good progress in the tournament.
The reason for the early start of the new campaign is the European Championships the following summer, taking place on specially inflated cloud cities sponsored by Budweiser. The games, broken down into 15 minute spells to allow for more advertising breaks, will be broadcast live via a special app which requires you only to input a sample of your DNA to make it function.
Bookies have installed The Republic of Syldavia as firm favourites.