The Premier League have confirmed that the 2020/21 season will kick-off on 12 September and they hope to wrap things up by 23 May 2021.
With an international break in early September and the delayed Euro 2020 starting on 11 June 2021, there was little room for manoeuvre in the calendar which means all the domestic games will be squeezed into a schedule that’s a month shorter than usual. We imagine the staggered winter break that was introduced this season will be scrapped.
The Premier League traditionally kicks off in early to mid-August after a three-month hiatus. This summer, Arsenal will have just six weeks ‘off’ between the FA Cup final on 1 August and the start of the new campaign.
Presumably, the players will be given a week to relax but then it’ll be back to the grindstone and a round of pre-season friendlies. There have been whispers of the Gunners playing in Ireland and Scotland but we’ve yet to hear anything concrete.
It remains to be seen what happens with the domestic cup competitions. The participation of top Premier League clubs in the Carabao Cup looks particularly tricky, mostly because matches are likely to clash with European matches.
A report in The Times (£) last month claimed sides with Europa League and Champions League commitments could sit out the competition while the Telegraph reported recently that they might opt to field their youth teams. Again, nothing is confirmed.
The transfer window opens for Premier League clubs for 10 weeks from 27 July. It will then close on 5 October before the UEFA competition squad deadline the following day.
An additional domestic window will continue through to 16 October during which time clubs can do either loans or permanent deals with EFL teams only.