The 2021-22 Premier League season will begin on the weekend of August 14 after a request from clubs to begin on that date was granted.
After a condensed 2020-21 campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic, the league announced it will revert to its usual starting slot in the second week of August.
Initially, Premier League chiefs had been eyeing the weekend of August 7 to begin the season.
But clubs believed it was crucial to have the extra week, enabling players a longer break after the end of the European Championships – which only finishes on July 11.
There was also the necessity to keep in mind the current jam-packed campaign, which has had ‘free’ dates and was compressed following the extension of last season following the initial Covid lockdown.
The league has duly acquiesced to that demand and informed club bosses at Thursday’s latest shareholders’ meeting.