Your indispensable compendium of dates for the biggest football competitions in the world this year

For many people, football is a way of life. Some fanatics adapt their days and weeks to the respective games.

To help you plan your soccer consumption, goal has all the key dates of the biggest football competitions in Europe including the Premier League, Champions League, Euro 2020 and more.

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(Click on the competition to get an overview of the dates.)

  1. Premier League
  2. English championship
  3. Carabao Cup
  4. FA Cup
  5. The league
  6. Copa del Rey
  7. Bundesliga
  8. DFB Cup
  9. A league
  10. Italian Cup
  11. League 1
  12. French cup
  13. Champions League
  14. Europe League
  15. FIFA Club World Cup
  16. UEFA Women’s Champions League
  17. Euro 2020
  18. Summer Olympics
  19. UEFA Conference League
  20. UEFA Super Cup
  21. World Cup qualification 2022
  22. UEFA Nations League
  23. Transfer window data

Premier League

The 2020-21 Premier League season began on September 12, 2020 and it will go on May 23, 2021.

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The 2021-22 Premier League season starts in August 2021 and lasts until May 2022.

Latest Premier League games and results.

English championship

The 2020-21 championship season began on Friday 11th September 2020 and the ordinary season (ie Gameweek 46) ends the weekend of May 8, 2021.

The championship play-offs take place after the normal season schedule has expired and the Play-off final will continue to be played May 29, 30 or 31, 2021.

The semi-finals will be played in the week or two before the final.

The 2021-22 championship season should start in August 2021 and end in May 2022.

Latest championship games and results.

Carabao Cup

The Carabao Cup 2020-21 started in August 2020 and the final continues April 25, 2021.

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First round August 29, September 4, 5, 6, 2020
Second round September 15, 16, 17, 2020
Third round September 22, 23, 24, 2020
Fourth round September 29, October 30, October 1, 2020
Quarter finals December 22, 23, 2020
Semifinals January 5th, 6th 2021
final April 25, 2021

When the new season begins, the Carabao Cup is expected to return to normal programming in 2021-22, starting in August 2021 and ending in February 2022.

FA Cup

The FA Cup 2020-21 started in August 2020 and the final will be played on May 15, 2021.

Here are the key dates for the 2020-21 competition:

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Qualifying rounds August 31 – November 4, 2020
First round November 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 29th 2020
Second round November 27, 28, 29, 30, 2020
Third round January 8, 9, 10, 11, 2021
Fourth round January 22, 23, 24, 25, 2021
Fifth round February 8, 9, 10, 11, 2021
Quarter finals March 19, 20, 21, 22, 2021
Semifinals 16.-18. April 2021
final May 15, 2021

The FA Cup 2021-22 follows a similar schedule starting in August 2021 and ending in May 2022.

The league

September 12, 2020 was the date of the opening matches of the 2020-21 season in Spain and it will end May 23, 2021.

As with other European leagues, the 2021-22 season in La Liga is expected to start in August 2021 and last through May 2022.

Latest La Liga games and results.

Copa del Rey

The 2020-21 Copa del Rey started on November 11, 2020 and ends with the final on April 18, 2021.

Important dates are shown below.

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Preliminary round November 11, 2020
First round December 15, 16, 17, 23, 30, 2020
Second round 5th, 6th, 7th January 2021
Last 32 January 16, 17, 20, 21, 2021
Last 16 January 27, 2021
Quarter finals February 3, 2021
Semifinals February 10, March 3, 2021
final April 18, 2021

Bundesliga

The 2020-21 Bundesliga season began on September 18, 2020 and it will come to an end in the end May 22, 2021.

The 2021-22 Bundesliga season should return to normal schedules starting in August 2021 and ending in May 2022.

Latest Bundesliga games and results.

DFB Cup

The DFB-Pokal 2020-21 began in September 2020 and ends with the final on May 13, 2021.

Here are the most important dates:

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First round September 11-14, 2020
Second round December 22, 23, 2020
Last 16 February 2, 3, 2021
Quarter finals March 2-3, 2021
Semifinals May 1st, 2nd, 2021
final May 13, 2021

A league

The 2020-21 Italian Serie A season began 19th September 2020 and it ends on May 23, 2021.

With no delays currently expected, the 2021-22 Serie A season should return to the usual schedule – starting in August 2021 and through May 2022.

Latest games and results of Serie A.

Italian Cup

The Coppa Italia 2020-21 began on September 22, 2020 (first phase) and ends with the final on May 19, 2021.

Here are the key dates of the competition.

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First round September 22, 23, 2020
Second round September 29th, 30th 2020
Third round October 27, 28, 2020
Fourth round November 24, 25, 26, 2020
Last 16 January 16-21, 2021
Quarter finals January 21, 2021
Semifinals February 10, 2021
final May 19, 2021

League 1

Ligue 1 2020-21 started on August 21, 2020 – a month earlier than most of his colleagues in Europe – and it will end in the end May 23, 2021.

The 2021-22 season in Ligue 1 follows a similar schedule starting in August 2021 and ending in May 2022.

French cup

The Coupé de France 2020-21 started in September 2020 but was suspended in October of that year due to the Covid-19 restrictions that have come into force in France.

It should resume in January 2021, but the dates are still unclear.

Champions League

The 2020-21 Champions League group stage began on 20th October 2020 and the final will take place on May 29, 2021.

The qualifying rounds for the tournament began on August 8th with the preliminary qualifying round.

Here are the key dates for the 2020-21 Champions League:

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Group stage draw October 1, 2020
Group stage October 20 – December 9, 2020
Last 16 draws December 14, 2020
Last 16 February 16, 17, 23, 24 and February 9, 10, 16, 17, 2021
Quarter-finals tie March 19, 2021
Quarter finals April 6, 7, 13, 14, 2021
Semifinals April 27th, 28th and May 4th, 5th, 2021
final May 29, 2021

The 2021-22 Champions League The starting shot will be given in June 2021 (qualification phase). The group stage is expected to take place between September and December 2021.

Latest Champions League games and results.

Europe League

The 2020-21 Europa League group stage began on October 22, 2020 and the final will take place on May 26, 2021.

The qualifying rounds for the tournament began on August 20 with the preliminary qualifying round.

Here are the most important dates:

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Group stage draw October 2, 2020
Group stage October 22nd – December 10th, 2020
Last 32 draws December 14, 2020
Last 32 February 18-25, 2021
Last 16 draws February 26, 2021
Last 16 March 11, 18, 2021
Quarter-finals tie March 19, 2021
Quarter finals April 8-15, 2021
Semifinals April 29, May 6, 2021
final May 26, 2021

The Europa League 2021-22 starts with qualifying games in August 2021. The actual competition begins with the group stage in September 2021 and lasts until December 2021. It ends in May 2022.

Latest Europa League games and results.

FIFA Club World Cup

The FIFA Club World Cup 2020 has been postponed to 2021 due to delays related to Covid-19 and will now take place from February 1st to 11th, 2021.

Here are the dates for the competition:

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First round February 1, 2021
Second round February 4, 2021
Semifinals February 7, 8, 2021
fifth place February 7, 2021
third place February 11, 2021
final February 11, 2021

Guide to the FIFA Club World Cup 2020.

UEFA Women’s Champions League

The 2020-21 UEFA Women’s Champions League started in November 2020 and the final will take place on May 16, 2021.

Here are the dates for the 2020-21 Women’s Champions League.

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First qualifying round November 3rd, 4th 2020
Second qualifying round November 18, 19, 2020
Last 32 December 8, 9, 15, 16, 2020
Last 16 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th March 2021
Quarter finals March 23, 24, 31 and April 1, 2021
Semifinals April 24th, 25th and May 1st, 2nd, 2021
final May 16, 2021

Euro 2020

Euro 2020 will begin on June 11, 2021 and the final continues July 11, 2021.

The tournament, also known as the UEFA European Championship, was scheduled to take place in the summer of 2020 but has been postponed to 2021 due to public health concerns from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here are the key dates for Euro 2020 in 2021:

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Group stage June 11th – June 23rd, 2021
Last 16 June 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th 2021
Quarter finals July 2nd, 3rd 2021
Semifinals July 6th, 7th, 2021
final July 11, 2021

Summer Olympics

The 2020 Summer Olympics have been postponed to summer 2021.

The women’s tournament begins on July 21, 2021 and the final continues August 6, 2021.

The men’s tournament is expected to begin on July 22, 2021 and the final continues August 7, 2021.

UEFA Conference League

The first UEFA Conference League starts in July 2021 with qualification in August 2021.

The actual competition will then begin in September 2021 and end in May 2022.

UEFA Super Cup

The 2021 UEFA Super Cup will be played in August 2021 between the winners of the Champions League and the winners of the Europa League.

It will take place in Windsor Park in Belfast, where the Northern Irish football team plays.

World Cup qualification 2022

In some regions, the World Cup qualification for the 2022 tournament in Qatar is already underway.

The UEFA qualifying rounds will take place in 2021. The group games take place in March, September, October and November.

CONMEBOL qualifying continues with games in March, June, September, October and November 2021.

The international windows in 2021 will mainly focus on pruning the competitors for next year’s tournament.

UEFA Nations League

The 2020-21 UEFA Nations League ends in October 2021.

The semi-finals will continue to be played October 6th and 7th with the final on October 10th. The play-off for third place will also take place on October 10th.

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Semifinals October 6th, 7th, 2021
Play-off for third place October 10, 2021
final October 10, 2021

Transfer window data

The mid-season transfer registration period, also known as the January transfer window, opened on January 2nd in England, Germany and France before opening on January 4th in Spain and Italy.

The January 2021 transfer window will close on the same day in all top European leagues – February 1st.

FIFA has not yet set the dates for the summer 2021 transfer window (the pre-season transfer registration deadline for 2021-22).

league Winter transfer window Summer transfer window
Premier League January 2 – February 1, 2021 To be confirmed
The league January 4th – February 1st, 2021 To be confirmed
Bundesliga January 2 – February 1, 2021 To be confirmed
A league January 4th – February 1st, 2021 To be confirmed
League 1 January 2 – February 1, 2021 To be confirmed

Latest transfer news and rumors.