Plenty of groundhoppers are already making travel plans for later this year, so this leads to a common question: When is the 2019-20 Premier League schedule announced?
The short answer is mid-June, 2019. That is when the “fixtures list” will be released. In fact, I saw one unconfirmed report the magic day is June 13.
As always with English soccer, however, there are exceptions and changes — and for next season, something completely new. Let’s run through these:
- The Premier League season will start on August 10, 2019 and end on May 10, 2020.
- The fixtures, when they come out, will have all games on Saturday at 3 p.m. But they will be moved, throughout the season, for TV broadcast. Here’s more on that.
- The same is also true for the Football League; they have their own TV change dates.
- Some weeks will have no Premier League games at all because of international breaks. These are the weekends of September 7, October 12, November 16, and March 28.
- Other weeks will have no Premier League games because of the FA Cup. These are probably the weeks of January 4 and February 15. After that, beware the weekends of March 14 and April 4, as some clubs will still be in the FA Cup on those weekends and have their league games moved.
- The “festive season” will be festive as always, presumably with games on Boxing Day December 26, the weekend of December 28-29, New Year’s Day, and then the FA Cup the weekend of January 4-5.
New for the 2019-20 Season: A Mid-Season Break
Sort of. They are calling this a break, but in reality what they are doing is taking one round of Premier League games and splitting it into two weekends. This will happen in February, and they have yet to say when. But it means half the league gets one week off and the other half gets the next week off. Not much of a break, if you ask me.
All of this will be covered in detail in the 2019-20 edition of my guidebook. You can get this year’s edition below: