Premier League kicks off two weeks after the Champions League final, no gap between group stage and knockouts and heads straight into the euro: what the packed 2020-21 season could look like as UEFA tries to get football back on track to get
- UEFA has made plans for what the football calendar will look like for the 2020-21 season
- The leaked potential dates show how busy the next campaign will be
- UEFA plans to start their European club competitions in mid-September
- The congested list of luminaires is the result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic
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UEFA has drawn up plans for how the 2020-21 campaign will take shape in response to the outcome of the coronavirus outbreak – which could cause players a hectic tug-of-war between clubs and countries.
Football’s European governing body announces a busy schedule for the Champions League, Europa League and Nations League, with the aim of getting things going in mid-September.
With the global pandemic abruptly stopping football, UEFA are still weighing up when to end this season’s Champions League and Europa League campaigns, with initial plans to host games over August over a 23-year period. days.
UEFA has made plans on how the 2020-21 campaign will take shape until next summer
Those plans would mean the Champions League final will be played on August 29, just 16 days before the return of the top domestic flight seasons across the continent – including the Premier League.
Between these dates, the return of the Nations League is expected, while players like Sergio Aguero, Roberto Firmino and Giovani Lo Celso are all absent for a two-week period as they will appear in the first South American qualifiers for the FIFA 2022 World Cup .
And for those qualifying for next season’s Champions League, there will be no interruption either, with qualifications taking place September 15 – three days after the new campaign.
The first leg of the league qualifying matches usually lasts between July and August, but without a confirmed return date from the domestic calendar, these matches are likely to run next to the start of the new season.
This season’s Champions League campaign will be completed in late August
The Champions League and Europa League will be squeezed into the new campaign in September
With little to no summer break, many of Europe’s top clubs are expected to juggle the absurd number of matches in such a short time before the international qualifying rounds begin in early to mid-October.
With domestic matches in full swing, the Champions League group stage is expected to start on October 20 in an effort to pressure UEFA’s elite club league as they plan to lose time to catch up.
After this, the last international break of the year will take place from November 11 to November 17, weeks before Premier League parties have to cope with the hectic winter schedule.
In the new year now and at the end of February, the last group matches of the Champions League and the Europa League will be played.
UEFA is writing for Nations League games before the start of September for the season
Normally, clubs would then have two months to prepare for the knockout phase, but with the time so scarce, clubs advancing from their pool will be thrown back into the knockout action 14 days later.
The relentless amount of action doesn’t end there for the month of March, with Euro 2020 playoff games and warm-up games written less than two weeks later, which could mean a new struggle between clubs and national parties for their players.
More knockouts will take place in April, before domestic action ends in mid-May for most European top leagues.
UEFA then plans to host the Champions League final in the last week of May, closing the season in what will be one of the toughest and toughest tests for football’s best players.
Champions League knockout matches will be played just weeks after the end of the group stage
Euro 2020 will probably start in mid-June, shortly after the conclusion of the national season
Euro 2020 was one of the major sporting events that fell victim to the coronavirus pandemic last month, causing UEFA officials to postpone the tournament for a year.
With the tournament taking place in the summer of 2021, the tournament will begin on June 11, weeks after the Champions League final.
This is the plan expected to be announced by UEFA should the current campaign be finalized by the end of August.
However, if more complications are inflicted on the coronavirus, it could still throw in the way of a monumental key.
HOW 2020-21 LOOKS
First South American qualifications and potential Nation League games
Planned opening of 2020-21 domestic top flight seasons
First Champions League and Europa League qualifications
Global international qualifications
Start group stage Champions League
Last international break of the year
Final Champions League and Europa League group matches
European knockout phase begins (last 16 only)
Euro 2020 playoffs plus friendly warm-up
End of the domestic seasons
Europa League and Champions League final
Euro 2020 begins