The 2020-2021 season of the English Premier League will be starting on September 12.
This was an agreement that was reached by shareholders of the clubs. The final match round of the campaign will take hold on 23 May 2021.
The Premier League in a statement said that it will continue to consult The FA and EFL regarding the scheduling of all domestic competitions.
Premier League Shareholders today agreed to start the 2020/21 #PL season on 12 September
The final match round of the campaign will take place on 23 May
— Premier League (@premierleague) July 24, 2020
The present campaign ends on Sunday after it was suspended for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Premier League date agreed, but no announcement from Europe yet
As the date for Premier League resumption has been agreed, there is, however, no announcement from the league bodies of other European countries about their start update as consultations are still ongoing.
Although La Liga ended before the Premier League, there is a possibility that they may make their announcement soon as well. But the Italian Serie still has four games to go and may as a result given a delayed start because they could be playing well into August.
Although the Premier League date is not set in stone as the club has just six weeks to recover, the five substitution rule will still be maintained as sanctioned by UEFA. This will allow teams to participate in all other competitions and get refreshers, with other team members getting minutes of actions with the congested fixtures as well.
However, clubs playing in the Champions League won’t be having a preseason. The last-16 ties in the Europa League and the last 8 clashes in the UEFA Champions League is slated to begin in August.
Manchester United and Wolves will resume action on 5 August, with the final scheduled for 21 August while the Champions League last-16 ties resume from 7 August.
Although Chelsea looked to be out after losing the first leag 3-0 to Bayern Munich, Manchester City may still progress to the next round with a 2-1 advantage over Real Madrid in the last 16 of the competition. The final will take place on 23 August.
Liverpool is the current champions after lifting the title on Wednesday after defeating g Chelsea 5-3 at Anfield.