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Football’s enforced break earlier this year means the end of 2020 will see a departure from the game’s traditional calendar and scheduling format.
With leagues across Europe all moved down the line, 2020/21 domestic seasons will start much later than usual this year, while dates for cup competitions will also be reworked to fit in with football’s new diary.
The amended schedule of events has led to plenty of confusion about when and where club football will be played over the next few months – but fear not – FST is here to offer some clarity.
Below, we’ve compiled all the information you need to keep right on top of football’s rejigged calendar starting with the season’s remaining Champions and Europa League fixture programmes.
Champions League 2019/20 schedule
The Champions League’s new format for 2019/20 will see the remaining Last 16 ties will be played at the host team’s venues, before the remaining clubs descend on Portugal to play a series of one-off knock-out fixtures in an international tournament style set-up. All matches will be played behind closed doors.
Friday, August 7
Manchester City vs Real Madrid
Juventus vs Lyon
Saturday, August 8
Barcelona vs Napoli
Bayern Munich vs Chelsea
Wednesday, August 12
Atalanta vs Paris St. Germain
Thursday, August 13
RB Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid
Friday, August 14
Napoli/Barcelona vs Chelsea/Bayern Munich
Saturday, August 15
Real Madrid/Man City vs Lyon/Juventus
Tuesday, August 18
Real Madrid/Man City or Lyon/Juventus vs Napoli/Barcelona or Chelsea/Bayern Munich
Wednesday, August 19
RB Leipzig or Atletico Madrid vs RB Leipzig or Atletico Madrid
Sunday, August 23
Final at the Estádio da Luz, Lisbon
Remember – we’ll be covering all the action with detailed analysis for each game on our Champions League predictions page
Europa League 2019/20 schedule
Like it’s more illustrious sister competition, the Europa League’s altered format for 2019/20 will see the remaining Last 16 ties played at the host team’s venues, before the all clubs move to Germany to play a series of one-off knock-out fixtures in an international tournament style set-up. All matches will be played behind closed doors.
Wednesday, August 8
FC Copenhagen vs Istanbul Basaksehir
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Wolfsburg
Manchester United vs LASK Linz
Inter Milan vs Getafe
Thursday, August 9
Sevilla vs Roma
Bayer Leverkusen vs Rangers
FC Basel vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Wolves vs Olympiakos
Monday, August 10
Manchester United/LASK vs FC Copenhagen/Istanbul Basaksehir
Inter Milan/Getafe vs Rangers/Bayer Leverkusen
Tuesday, August 11
Wolfsburg/Shakhtar Donetsk vs Eintracht Frankfurt/Basel
Wolves/Olympiakos vs Sevilla vs Roma
Sunday, August 16
Wolves/Olympiakos or Sevilla vs Roma vs Manchester United/LASK or FC Copenhagen/Istanbul Basaksehir
Monday, August 17
Inter Milan/Getafe or Rangers/Bayer Leverkusen vs Wolfsburg/Shakhtar Donetsk or Eintracht Frankfurt/Basel
Friday, August 21
Keep up to date with all of our latest match previews and betting tips on our Europa League predictions page.
European League 2020/21 start dates at a glance
Premier League 2020/21 start date and schedule
The 2020/21 Premier League campaign will start on September 12 this year and will run until May 23, 2021.
Several teams involved in European football, including Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd and Wolves, could be handed later start dates to offer extra recovery time ahead of the new campaign.
Liverpool will be determined to defend their title at the first time of asking, while Leeds United, West Brom and Fulham will join the top flight from the Championship.
FA Cup 2020/21 start date and schedule
The Emirates FA Cup schedule for the early rounds of the 2020-21 season has been confirmed, with the competition due to start on Tuesday 1 September, though the dates for the first round proper and beyond are yet to be finalised.
- Extra preliminary round: Tuesday 1 September 2020
- Preliminary round: Saturday 12 September 2020
- First round qualifying: Tuesday 22 September 2020
- Second round qualifying: Saturday 3 October 2020
- Third round qualifying: Tuesday 13 October 2020
- Fourth round qualifying: Saturday 24 October 2020
England’s other domestic cup competition – the Carabao Cup – have yet to release details for their 2020/21 format.
La Liga 2020/21 start date and schedule
Spain’s Primera Division will commence its 2020/21 campaign on September 12, with the campaign set to finish on May 23 next year.
Cadiz and Huesca earned promotion from the Segunda Division for next season, where they will be joined by either Almeria and Griona once their play-off tie is decided.
Real Madrid are the league’s current champions having beaten traditional rivals Barcelona to the title by five points.
Serie A 2020/21 start date and schedule
Serie A in Italy only finished their 2019/20 season on August 1, though the Italian championship will kick back into gear with the fresh 2020/21 campaign on September 12, with a May 23 finish date already pencilled in.
Benevento and Crotone were promoted from Serie B and will rub shoulders with champions Juventus next season, while a third new team will join them via the play-offs, which will be decided in mid-August.
Bundesliga 2020/21 start date and schedule
Germany’s Bundesliga was the first of Europe’s major leagues to resume amid the health crisis sweeping across the continent, though the country’s top tier will start its 2020/21 campaign slightly later than its counterparts.
The 2020/21 Bundesliga will kick off on September 18 and the competition will run until its climactic day on May 22 next year.
Arminia Bielefeld and Stuttgart from the Bundesliga from the division below next season, though Heidenheim lost their two legged play-off with Werder Bremen and won’t join the aforementioned promoted duo.
Ligue 1 2020/21 start date and schedule
Ligue 1 decided to cancel their 2019/20 season in controversial circumstances in March – becoming the first and only major league to pull the plug on the current campaign.
French football’s decision makers will commence the 2020/21 season much earlier than other big leagues across Europe, with the action set to get under way on August 22. The season is scheduled to conclude on May 23 next year.
Lorient and Lens have been promoted from the 2019–20 Ligue 2. After the French court had initially ruled that the season would proceed with 22 teams, the relegation of Amiens and Toulouse to the 2020–21 Ligue 2 was confirmed on 23 June, 2020, following a vote by the LFP.
Other start dates and schedules around Europe
Netherlands Eredivisie: 12 September 2020 – 16 May 2021
Portugal Primeira Liga: 20 September 2020 – May 2021
Scotland Premiership: 1 August 2020 – 16 May 2021
Belgium First Division A: 8 August 2020 – 30 May 2021
Austrian Bundesliga: 11 September 2020 – 23 May 2021
Russia Premier League: 8 August 2020 – 16 May 2021
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