Premier League and Football League 2015/16 fixtures set to be released - timings, key dates and how to follow with Sky Sports

Barclays Premier League Fixtures 2015/16

Grab your diaries and banish those close-season blues - the fixtures for the new season are released on Wednesday and you won't miss a thing with Sky Sports.

Premier League and Football League clubs across the country will discover their curtain-raisers, run-ins, Christmas fixtures and crucial derby dates when the schedules are released at 9am.

Will top-flight new boys Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich be dealt an ominous opener or a sympathetic start? Who will the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United have to face after crunch Champions League fixtures? And which tussles could prove pivotal at the business end of the season?

Here's all you need to know and how to stay up to speed, whether you're watching at home or on the move...

When are the fixtures released?

The Premier League and Football League fixtures for the 2015/16 will be published at 9am on Wednesday, June 17.

Fans of Scottish clubs will have to wait until Friday, June 19, with SPFL fixtures due to be announced at midday.

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When will Sky's first live fixtures be announced?

That’s still to be confirmed but details of the first batch of fixtures are expected at the end of June or in early July. Sky Sports will show 116 live games again this season.

When does the season start?

The new term kicks off slightly earlier this year due to next summer's European Championships in France. The Football League and Premier League seasons both begin on August 8, with the Premier League scheduled to finish on May 15 and the Football League on May 7.

Any other key dates?

The draw's already been made for the first round of the Capital One Cup and those fixtures are due to be played in the week commencing August 10, with kick-off in the Football League Trophy three weeks later.

The group stage of the Champions League starts on September 15, while the Europa League group phase begins two days later.

The FA Cup is the last competition to get under way, with the first round proper pencilled in for November 7.

Managers already making plans for the new term are sure to have July 1 circled - that's when the summer transfer window officially opens.

Eden Hazard of Chelsea (2R) celebrates with team mates
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How can I stay up-to-date?

Whether you're on the move or watching at home, Sky Sports is the place for all the news and reaction.

- Sky Sports News HQ - channel 401 - will bring you details of your club's schedule as the clock strikes 9am, as well as reaction from studio guests and clubs up and down the country.

- If you're out and about, our live blog will bring you details of all the fixtures, plus analysis, reaction and social media.

- Fixtures by league and club will be available on skysports.com and via the Sky Sports apps.

- Push notifications will deliver the news straight to your phone - download the Sky Sports Score Centre app, set your favourite team and subscribe to push notifications (fixture push notifications will be for Premier League teams only)

Watch Sky Sports News HQ from 9am to find out your club's fixtures or follow via our live blog from 7.30am. You'll find fixtures - by league and club - on skysports.com and via the Sky Sports apps from 9am.

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