Premier League fixtures release date and time for 2021/22 season
As well as the constant flurry of transfer speculation and the manager merry-go-around which is in full swing, top-flight clubs will learn their schedules for the 2021/22 season on Wednesday morning.
The culmination of the Euros on 11 July leaves only a short break until the new Premier League campaign gets up and running the following month.
Last season saw Norwich City, Watford and Brentford promoted to the pinnacle of the English game as Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United dropped down to the Championship. At the other end of the table, Pep Guardiola won his third title with Manchester City after a hugely impressive term.
But when are the fixtures released and what are the dates for the upcoming season?
The fixtures for the new Premier League season will be released at 9am on Wednesday 16 June.
Key dates for 2021/22 season
The Premier League season will commence on Saturday 14 August, 2021.
This gives top-flight players who reach the Euro 2020 final at Wembley just over a month between the culmination of the tournament and the start of the league.
There is little time for rest and recreation, as many Premier League teams’ pre-season preparations will be in full swing by mid-July.
The 2021/22 season ends on Sunday 22 May, 2022, with all fixtures kicking off at the same time in the traditional format.
While there is another major international tournament next year – the 2022 World Cup – it is worth bearing in mind this will not take place until wintertime due to the heat in the Middle-Eastern country.
It remains to be seen how the tournament – scheduled for 21 November to 18 December, 2022 – will impact the Premier League schedule for the 2022/23 season.
Will fans be in attendance in the 2021/22 season?
Earlier this week, UK prime minister Boris Johnson pushed back the date for the easing of lockdown from 21 June to 19 July.
But pilot sporting test events with larger crowds are expected to go ahead, including the Euros, and the delayed date for the relaxing of all legal restrictions on social contact does not overlap into the new Premier League season.
As such, Premier League chiefs will be hoping to have full stadiums throughout the 2021/22 season, as chief executive Richard Masters outlined in May.
“The fans are starting to come back next week and I hope on Aug. 14 they will be back in full,” said Masters.
“No one knows of course, but I feel really optimistic that we will be full.
“All the mood music and the messages coming out of government are positive, with the cautionary caveats and safety will always come first. Maybe the fan experience will be slightly different, but I’m optimistic and that’s our objective.
“Whatever we have to do and put in place, we will and the clubs will step in and do it, so I am optimistic that’s going to happen.
“Full capacity crowds [have been] the missing ingredient, so let’s be optimistic about it.”