Premier League, EFL 2021/22 season: When does the season start?

Premier League 2021/22 to start on August 14; Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two will begin on August 7; Carabao Cup 2021/22 will start on August 9; Premier League final day will be May 22, 2022

Image: Manchester City will go into the 2021/22 season as Premier League champions

When does the 2021/22 Premier League season get underway this summer, when does the EFL term start and what about cup dates and European competition?

When does the 2021/22 Premier League season start?

The 2021/22 Premier League will start almost a month to the day earlier than this season, on Saturday, August 14 - 34 days after the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.

The Premier League fixtures have been released, with Man City starting their title defence against Tottenham, live on Sky Sports.

The season will end on May 22, 2022, with all 10 games kicking off at the same time.

When does the EFL season start?

Sky Bet Championship Fixtures 2021/22
Image: The Sky Bet Championship fixtures are now out...

The 2021/22 EFL season will kick off on Saturday, August 7.

The competition, comprising the Sky Bet Championship as well as Leagues One and Two, has regularly started a week ahead of the Premier League in recent years.

Next season's League One campaign will finish on the weekend of April 30, 2022, with League Two and the Championship on one of May 7 and May 8 respectively.

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The League One play-off final will then be held on Saturday May 21, the League Two play-off final on Saturday May 28, and the Championship play-off final on Sunday May 29.

What about in Scotland?

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Image: The new Scottish Premiership season starts on July 31

The new Scottish Premiership season starts on July 31.

Champions Rangers kick off their Scottish Premiership title defence at home to Livingston, while Celtic are at newly-promoted Hearts, both live on Sky Sports on Saturday, July 31.

The top flight will once again take a winter break from Monday January 3 until Wednesday January 26.

After 33 games, the league splits into two sections of six teams, with each team playing each other in that section.

When does the WSL start?

Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr's strike partnership fired Chelsea to their fourth WSL title
Image: Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr's strike partnership fired Chelsea to their fourth WSL title

The Women's Super League season starts on September 3, with the fixtures released on July 19.

The new campaign marks the start of Sky Sports' three-year deal as the primary broadcaster of the Barclays Women's Super League, with Sky Sports showing at least 35 games exclusively live per season.

Have the FA Cup and Carabao Cup dates been finalised?

The FA Cup first round proper is scheduled for Saturday November 7, with the third round set for Saturday January 9 and the final due to take place at Wembley on Saturday May 15.

After being scrapped in the condensed 2020/21 season, FA Cup replays will return this term. Replays will be mandatory in all rounds of the qualifying competition and the competition proper from the first-round proper up to and including the fourth-round proper.

The EFL has already announced the 2021/22 Carabao Cup will begin on the week commencing August 9, with the final scheduled for Sunday, February 27, 2022, at Wembley.

What about European competition?

Seven Premier League sides will play in European competition next season.

Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea will be the Premier League's representatives in the 2021/22 Champions League.

Leicester and West Ham will be in the Europa League while Tottenham will participate in the Europa League Conference. Check out all the confirmed dates here.

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