Just three weeks between Champions League final and Premier League start


LONDON, July 24 (Xinhua) — The Premier League confirmed on Friday that the 2020-21 football season will kick off on September 12 and continue until May 23.

The dates are roughly what had been predicted, but could create a problem depending on how far English teams progress in the Champions League and the Europa League.

Both of those competitions are due to be completed in August after the delay to the season caused by the coronavirus with Manchester United and Manchester City and Chelsea still in the Champions League (although Chelsea is unlikely to progress to the quarterfinals) and Wolves still in the Europa League.

A problem would arise if any of these teams reach the finals, which are scheduled to be played less than three weeks before the start of the new domestic campaign. Most contracts stipulate players should have a three-week summer break, while the international players’ union Fifpro also indicated that a “retraining period to avoid injuries” is also necessary before the new season.

There is also the question of how the FA Cup and League Cup competitions could fit into a season which is around a month shorter than usual because of the coronavirus, with the FA thought to be opposed to the FA Cup being relegated to a midweek slot.

Meanwhile, the other professional categories of the English game (the Championship, League 1 and League 2) are also scheduled to kick off on September 12 and continue until May 9. Enditem


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