A most dramatic, unique, unprecedented Premier League season is set to come to an end this weekend, a whopping 50 weeks after it originally began, on August 9, 2019.
Having navigated a 100-day suspension due to the pandemic, two international bans, countless VAR controversies, fake crowds, and even Liverpool’s first ever Premier League title, the competition is sure to emerge into our dimpled-ball future even more resilient next season.
But when might that be?
As announced today by the league, the 2020-21 Premier League season will kick-off on the weekend of September 12 and conclude on May 23. This is about a month later than normal in terms of a start date, but only a couple weeks later than usual for an end date, which presumably will mean an aggressive rescheduling or shortening of other competitions such as the League Cup or the FA Cup.
The new start date is only a couple weeks after the 2019-20 Champions League final and about a month before the summer transfer window will slam shut, on October 9. Considering that teams basically already had a longer break during the pandemic than they’ve ever had in their careers, we should be fine at the beginning, though a congested schedule in addition to the past month’s worth of games could really start wearing on the players by next spring...
Here’s to proper fitness, rotation, and man-management!
Premier League Shareholders today agreed to start the 2020/21 #PL season on 12 September— Premier League (@premierleague) July 24, 2020
The final match round of the campaign will take place on 23 May
The Premier League will continue to consult with @FA and @EFL regarding the scheduling of all domestic competitions pic.twitter.com/AE21rTqiwK