The dust has settled and the 2020/21 domestic campaign is now a thing of the past, with the focus shifting firmly to the European Championships.
The highly anticipated tournament kicks off on Friday 11th June and will keep football fans busy until the crescendo on 11th July, at Wembley Stadium, of course.
However, excitement is already mounting ahead of the upcoming Premier League campaign, with the 2021/22 fixture list to be announced shortly.
With the coroan virus pandemic causing so much disruption in the 2019/20 campaign, last season was crammed into a hectic schedule, with the campaign starting later than usual in September.
However, fans and footballers can breathe a sigh of relief, as the 2021/2022 campaign kicks off on the well-known August date. And of course, the return of the fans from the beginning – at least in part – is another cause for excitement.
Manchester City meandered to the Premier League title last season, winning by 12 points, but with Liverpool and Chelsea finishing strong, it’s going to be another exciting campaign.
With the match list announcement fast approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City were crowned champions of the Premier League 2020/21
When will the matches be announced?
The matches for the 2021/22 Premier League campaign will be officially announced on Wednesday, June 16 at 9am BST.
It comes the day after the Scottish Premiership matches are announced, and just over a week before the English Football League matches are announced on Thursday, June 24.
When does the season start?
As mentioned, the Premier League is back to its more familiar schedule, with the 2021/22 season kicking off on August 14.
Importantly, each club starts their campaign on the same weekend, unlike last season where Manchester United and Manchester City started late due to their involvement in European competition.
It means there are only 34 days between the Euro 2020 final and the start of the Premier League season.
The campaign will then progress to the season finale on Sunday, May 22.
Will Europe disrupt the start of the season?
For the teams at the head of the table, the European competition at the start of the campaign can be a major burden.
And that is certainly the case for a currently managerless Tottenham, who will have to negotiate the inaugural Europa Conference League.
Tottenham go straight to the play-off round, which will be completed on August 19 and 26, just five days after the start of the 2021/22 season in the Premier League.
However, they are the only English team to qualify for Europe, with City, United, Chelsea and Liverpool all sealed spots in the Champions League group stage, which starts on 14 September.
Meanwhile, Leicester and West Ham qualified for the group stage of the Europa League, which starts on September 16.
What are the key similarities to watch out for?
Chelsea vs Manchester City is an important match to look forward to after the Champions League final
Promoted sides Norwich, Watford and Brentford will also keep a close eye on the match listlijst
Each year, the announcement of the playlist not only allows the clubs to look ahead and start their preparations, but also tells us exactly when the big games will fall.
With Chelsea beating City in the Champions League final and finishing the season strong, a clash between the two is certainly something to look forward to.
Just like the delectable derbies between City and United, United and Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal – and much, much more.
In addition, the three newly promoted teams in Norwich, Watford and Brentford will also be keeping a close eye on the playlist announcement as they look to get off to a good start in the Premier League.
Newcomers Leeds excelled in their first season back in England’s top division, and the three newly promoted sides will try to emulate Marcelo Bielsa’s success.
What can we expect from the new season?
The 2021/22 campaign should see fans in Premier League stadiums from the start
Ruben Dias was crowned Premier League Player of the Season after a truly stunning campaign
As mentioned, we can hope that there will be fans in the Premier League stadiums throughout the campaign.
Last season was played almost entirely behind closed doors, but there was hope for better things, with the last two days of matches played to up to 10,000 home fans, with away fans still banned.
In addition, England’s three group stage matches will be played in front of 22,500 fans – 25 per cent capacity at Wembley Stadium – with attendees required to prove a negative lateral flow test or use a covid vaccine passport.
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters confirmed in May that he expects stadiums to be full next season, but that will depend on whether restrictions ease on June 21 or not.
As for the season itself, City are hoping for another title, but they will face serious competition from the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and United – who will try to close the gap on their rivals.
After very disappointing seasons for the north London duo of Arsenal and Tottenham, they will be looking to come back and take on a challenge for Europe.
And West Ham will have to deal with Europa League football as they look to build on a very prosperous campaign.
What about the transfer window?
Tottenham striker Harry Kane wins Premier League Golden Boot and Playmaker awards
The Premier League summer transfer window officially opens on Wednesday, June 9, and will remain open for 12 weeks.
England manager Gareth Southgate has insisted it is unlikely any of his players will complete a transfer while Euro 2020 is underway, but with Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling on the roster, who knows what could happen.
Anyway, the window closes on August 31 at 11pm BST, which of course means Premier League teams will still be able to sign players once the 2021/22 campaign has started.