The postponed Euro 2020 tournament is just getting into full swing, but the new national football season is already looming.
The Premier League will announce their games for 2021/22 tomorrow morning (Wednesday), with the first round of games being played on the weekend of March 14th / 15th. August.
Plymouth Argyle and the other 71 EFL clubs will have to wait a little longer to find out their schedule for the next season.
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They’ll be released on Thursday, June 24th at 9 a.m., with Argyle being supported in League One this season by relegated championship trio Rotherham United, Sheffield Wednesday and Wycombe Wanderers.
Promotion to the third division of English football is the promoted League Two quartet of Bolton Wanderers, Cambridge United, Cheltenham Town and Morecambe.
The 2021/22 EFL campaign in all three divisions begins a week before the Premier League on Saturday, August 7th.
The Argyle players will begin prep training next Wednesday 23 June with their first warm-up game on Saturday 3 July at the Southern League Plymouth Parkway in Bolitho Park.
The pilgrims were then scheduled for a possible Spanish training camp, but with the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions that are unlikely to continue.
Argyle confirmed more preseason games at Saltash United and Tavistock on Wednesday July 14 – when Ryan Lowe’s squad is split in two to fill the games – as well as home fixtures against Swansea City and Middlesbrough.
The U18 preseason games have also been announced, starting on Tuesday July 6th at the Elburton Villa.
After the beginning of the League One campaign on August 7th, Argyle will play a first-round tie in the Carabao Cup in the week from August 9th.
The Papa John’s Trophy for clubs in the first and second division and invited teams from the Category One Academy will begin three weeks later.
Argyle’s shortest journey during the League One campaign will be the 315-mile round-trip ticket to Cheltenham.
In total, Ryan Lowe’s Pilgrims will cover 12,268 miles for their 23 away games next season, an average of 533 per game.
Only eight of the games include round trips of less than 500 miles, with the 345 to Portsmouth being the second shortest.
The League One campaign ends on the weekend of April 30th, May 1st, 2022, the play-off final is scheduled for Saturday, May 21st, 2022.
ARGYLE FIRST TEAM PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE
Saturday 3rd July: Plymouth Parkway (A) 3pm
Wednesday July 14th: Saltash United (A) 6pm
Wednesday 14 July: Tavistock (A) 8 p.m.
Tuesday July 20th: Swansea City (H) 7pm
Friday 23 July: Middlesbrough (H) 7pm
Tuesday July 27th: Bristol City (H) 6pm
ARGYLE UNDER 18 YEARS PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE
Tuesday July 6th: Elburton Villa (A) 7pm
Saturday 17th July: Bideford Town (A) 3pm
Wednesday July 21: Buckland Athletic (A) 7pm
Saturday 24 July: Helston Athletic U23 (A) 5pm
Wednesday July 28th: St. Blazey AFC (A) 7pm
IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE EFL SEASON 2021/22
- Start Date – Saturday, August 7, 2021 (with a live televised play expected on Friday, August 6)
- Carabao Cup Round One – w / c August 9, 2021
- Carabao Cup Final – Sunday, February 27, 2022
- Papa John’s Trophy Round One – w / c August 30, 2021
- Papa John’s Trophy Final – Sunday 3rd April 2022
- Final day of the regular season
- League One weekend, April 30th to May 1st, 2022
- League Two and Championship – Weekend from 7./8. May 2022
- League One Play-Off Final – Saturday, May 21, 2022
- League Two Play-Off Final – Saturday, May 28, 2022
- Championship Play-Off Final – Sunday 29 May 2022
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