Premier League, FA Cup, EFL Cup, winter break: what will it do in the accumulation of matches 2020-2021?


Manchester United and Wolves resume Europa League campaigns next month

The Premier League plans to let the four clubs still involved in European competition start next season later than everyone else.

The most likely start date for the 2020-21 campaign is September 12 – seven weeks after the end of the current season.

However, Chelsea and Manchester City are still in the Champions League, while Manchester United and Wolves are in the Europa League.

They play matches of the last 16 exceptional games between August 5 and 8 and if they progress, they will play tournaments of eight one-way matches, with the final of the Europa League on August 21 and the final of the Champions League two days later.

It will be a week before the start of an international break the first week of September.

This could therefore mean that players from these clubs do not benefit from the generally accepted minimum break of three weeks, which the world players’ union FIFPro insisted that it should be respected.

The rest of the Premier League clubs – with the exception of those in the FA Cup final on August 1 – would have a five-week gap between the end of this season on July 26 and the start of the international break.

The issue is part of a larger challenge for governing bodies to get into as normal a season as possible, despite the prospect of starting the campaign five weeks late and having to finish the season in May on time. for the start of the delayed European Championships and Copa America on June 11.

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UEFA announces next season Champions League group stage will take place on six successive midweeks from October 20 and the only break will come for the second international “triple head” between November 9 and 17.

The governing body of European football still demands that national competitions do not schedule meetings during these match evenings and, if this happens, it would mean that English football would see its solidarity payments reduced.

BBC Sport understands that it has already been decided that English football Winter vacation, brought this season to help England boss Gareth Southgate prepare the euros will have to be abandoned.

In addition, a number of other proposals are also under discussion with all major parties England Cup reruns and the introduction of “non-exclusive” FA Cup weekends before the sixth round.

The FA has already conceded that the fact that there will be no extra-league football in August, when the cup begins, could mean fewer participants.

And there could also be major changes to the EFL Cup if the clubs involved in the European competition must participate.

A senior source at a large Premier League club told the BBC that the first casualty if the competition had to be fundamentally changed would be the EFL Cup.

The tournament has existed since 1960-61 and has been won by Manchester City in the past three seasons.

Although the cash prize – £ 100,000 for the winner and £ 50,000 for the finalist – is low compared to other competitions, it represents an important source of income for the Football League.

EFL sources point out that individual ties can be practical money-makers for those involved. In addition, broadcast and commercial agreements negotiated around the competition are returned to lower league clubs and, in some cases, constitute a vital part of their annual income.


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