How the Premier League matches are decided for the 2021/22 season
Despite a delay in completely relaxing the restrictions on Covid-19, life in the UK is returning to normal – and this is also being replicated by the Premier League.
Having been forced to watch most of last season from the comfort of their own homes, supporters returned to the stadiums towards the end of 2020/2021 – just as they did in limited numbers at Euro 2020 .
With the big kick-off scheduled for Saturday, August 14, those numbers are expected to return to capacity in the next campaign, provided there are no further complications when it comes to government guidelines.
As the football world continues to focus on the European Championships and the Copa America – which take place side-by-side this summer – it may have been easy to miss the fact that Premier League matches for the season next have already been published.
Due to the devastating Covid-19 pandemic and its ripple effect in professional sport, last season saw a delayed start and finish on the Premier League schedule.
However, in line with the return to ‘normalcy’ in wider society, the 2021/2022 campaign should also take on a more familiar look when Liverpool and Manchester United get to work.
Amid England’s push for Euro 2020 glory, there will be no break from football as such this summer.
But with that charge taking center stage for now, attention will soon turn to the Premier League. But how, exactly, is the list of devices compiled?
Glenn Thompson, an Atos employee who plays a leading role in determining the fixture list each quarter, said: “For me it starts at the start of the year; that’s when I get the Premier League playing dates.
“The whole thing is built by inserting the international dates of FIFA, then the European club competitions, then the FA adds the dates of its competitions and you have dates left on which you can play league and Cup matches. “
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Regarding creating an “assembly sequence,” he added: “This is the methodology we use, which is to break down the season into a number of building blocks, called sets. We break it down into five sets which are reversed in the second half of the season. “
When it comes to determining each of these sets, there are a number of golden rules.
Indeed, in a cross section of five matches, there should be a split of five matches at home and two away (or vice versa), while clubs will not have more than two matches at home or away. outdoors, if possible. In addition, on either side of the FA Cup fixtures, the clubs will have a home game and an away game.
Mr. Thompson must also ensure that two-club towns do not clash in order to accommodate police and traffic.
For example, if Liverpool play at home at Anfield, Everton will be awarded an away game, and so on.
After this long process, the clubs are asked the following three questions:
– Are there any dates when you don’t want to be home (answered in collaboration with the police)?
– Which club do you want to pair up with?
– Are there any teams you don’t want to play at home on Boxing Day?
Thompson continued, “If we have any issues we may have to go back and start over to produce another set of devices. I go through the devices all the time to make sure other things can be. satisfied.
“Once the matches are finalized, it is a question of sending them to the leagues. The matches are then communicated to the press distributors concerned the day before, so that they can distribute them the morning of their release.”