The stage is already set for this upcoming Premier League season – and supporters will not have to wait too long before domestic action kicks-off once again.
Owing to delays brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, England are currently chasing Euro 2020 glory as they hope to emulate the heroes from 1966 by bringing ‘home’ another major international trophy.
Of course, that festival of football on the continent was due to take place last summer.
However, it will instead serve as a thrilling pre-cursor to the 2021/2022 domestic season, with the Premier League set to return on Saturday, August 14 – subject to broadcasting changes/requests.
Such is the quick turnaround from Euro 2020 to the next club campaign, once again due to Covid-19 and delays it forced upon the calendar last season, there are only 34 days between the international showpiece and the day in which clubs such as Liverpool and Manchester United get down to business.
As we already know, fixtures for the 2021/2022 season are set to be released at 9am on Wednesday morning.
It’s always a huge date in the calendar of any football fan – no matter which club you follow – as those supporters start to map out their eagerly-awaited plans from August through to May.
Of course, having been forced to watch the majority of last term from the comfort of their own homes, fans were able to return for the final two games in 2020/2021 – while a similarly limited number have been able to take in the action live at Euro 2020.
Barring any further delays with the easing of Government restrictions, they are now set to return to capacity, and it’s certainly not before time.
When will the Premier League’s TV fixtures be announced?
Although we are close to finding out who will play who and on which dates, there is still a little while to wait until broadcasters officially pick out the games they are going to screen live.
Of course, once that happens, those initial dates and kick-off times will be subject to change.
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BT Sport are set to announce their TV selections for August and September – the opening two months of the new season – on Monday, July 5.
The broadcaster will be showing a minimum of 52 live Premier League exclusively, while other televised games will be available to view on the BT TV service.
Ahead of the 2021/2022 season, the Premier League have already announced fresh broadcast terms, with partners such as Amazon Prime Video, BBC Sport, BT Sport and Sky Sports.
As part of the eye-catching £4.7billion deal, which is a rollover of the current arrangement between the Premier League and broadcasters – after the Government agreed to a private sale in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic – over 200 games will be screened between those services in 2021/2022.
Meanwhile, this three-year agreement means that the Premier League can fulfil its planned £1.5bn commitment to the football pyramid, which has taken on even greater significance at a time when clubs further down the divisions face up to the prospect of financial hardship.
Similarly to BT Sport, the other TV fixtures will be announced as soon as the list of matches is confirmed.