When does the Premier League start? Date of 2021/22 football season, teams, TV deal - and when fixtures are out
The final round of fixtures in the 21/22 Premier League season will see all games kick off at the same time on the same day
The 2020/21 Premier League season may have only just finished, but details for the start of the 2021/22 campaign have already been released.
A dramatic final day saw the battle for European places conclude with Liverpool and Chelsea taking third and fourth place for Champions League qualification.
FA Cup winners Leicester City and West Ham United took fifth and sixth place respectively to qualify for the Europa League, with Tottenham Hotspur missing out of a top seven spot.
The Premier League title had already been claimed by Manchester City, with Manchester United finishing second, ahead of each clubs’ hunt for European club honours.
With many of the game’s international players representing their country in the European Championships this summer, there will be little time to rest ahead of the new campaign.
Here’s when the 2021/22 Premier League season starts, ends and fixtures are released...
When does Premier League 2021/22 start?
The next Premier League season will begin on Saturday 14 August.
The start date of the 21/22 Premier League season comes less than five weeks after the conclusion of the European Championship tournament held between 11 June and 11 July.
The Premier League’s shareholders have agreed the start and end date of the new campaign, which will conclude with all final day fixtures on 22 May 2022 kicking off at the same time.
When will the 2021/22 Premier League fixtures be released?
The fixtures for the next Premier League season will be released at 9am (BST) on Wednesday 16 June 2021 - five days after the Euros begin.
The fixtures release is another date in football fans’ diaries as it signals the start of the planning of weekends and away days for supporters up and down the land.
Under the government’s roadmap out of Covid lockdown restrictions, it is hoped home and away fans will be allowed back into grounds for the start of the new season.
A limited number of fans were allowed back into grounds for the final two rounds of fixtures of the 2020/21 season, as rules relaxed around attending live events from 17 May.
Which teams will compete in the 21/22 Premier League season?
Manchester City will look to defend their Premier League crown, with rivals Manchester United keen to go one step further in challenging their neighbours for supremacy.
Liverpool, Chelsea, Leicester City and West Ham United will all have European fixtures to negotiate after their to six finishes to the last Premier League campaign.
Two of the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, who finished the 2020/21 season in seventh and eighth respectively, will want to improve on their seasons.
Leeds United and Everton enjoyed top half finishes, with Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers all ending the season well clear of relegation trouble.
Crystal Palace, Southampton, Brighton and Hove Albion and Burnley will be planning on how they can improve on their 14th-17th placed finishes for the new Premier League season.
Relegated Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United will compete in the Championships with Norwich City, Watford and either Brentford or Swansea coming up.
How can I watch the Premier League 21/22 season on TV?
The Premier League recently announced a new TV broadcast deal with its partners Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC Sport to show 200 live games in 2021/22.
The £4.7b deal was a rollover of the current agreement in place between the Premier League and broadcasters after the government agreed to the private sale amid the Covid pandemic.
The three-year agreement means the Premier League can fulfil its planned £1.5b commitment to the football pyramid at a time when many clubs have faced financial hardship.