The 2021-22 European season should be back to normal, after a truncated 2020-21 caused by a later start due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Here’s when the campaign will get going across the top five leagues, European club competition and a reminder of what will happen with international football, too.

Dates are shown when the information is available.

  • Premier League
    The season will kick-off on Friday, Aug. 13, when newly promoted Brentford host Arsenal. That last round of games will be on Sunday, May 22.

– Check out the Premier League fixtures in full

Promoted: Brentford, Norwich City, Watford
Relegated: Fulham, Sheffield United, West Bromwich Albion

Premier League teams will enter the FA Cup in the third round, to be played on the weekend of Jan. 8. The final is on Saturday, May 14.

Clubs not in European competition will start in the Carabao Cup second round in the midweek of Aug. 23, with the other seven entering in the third round which falls on the midweek of Sept. 20. The final will be held on Sunday, Feb. 27.

Champions Manchester City will take on FA Cup winners Leicester City in the Community Shield at Wembley, to be played on Saturday, Aug. 7 (kickoff 5 p.m. BST).

– FA Cup, Carabao Cup, Community Shield live on ESPN+ (U.S. only)

Manchester City won the Premier League for the third time in four seasons.

  • La Liga
    Spanish top-flight football will begin on the weekend of Aug. 14, and finish over the weekend of May 21-22.

All games will be live on ESPN+ in the U.S. from the start of the new season.

Promoted: Espanyol, Mallorca, plus Girona or Rayo Vallecano
Relegated: Eibar, Huesca, Real Valladolid

– La Liga on ESPN+: Stream LIVE games and replays (U.S. only)

All teams other that the four in the Supercopa will enter the Copa del Rey in the first round, with the Supercopa quartet joining from round three.

The Supercopa will feature the both finalists from last season’s Copa del Rey, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao, plus the top two league teams, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. It is expected to take place in January 2022. It is due to be played at King Abdullah Sports City, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Atletico Madrid surprised most in Spain by winning La Liga.

  • Serie A
    The new campaign will kick-off on the weekend of Aug. 21, running through to May 22.

Promoted: Empoli, Salernitana, Venezia
Relegated: Benevento, Crotone, Parma

The Coppa Italia format has been streamlined from 2021-22, and will now only include four teams from outside the top two divisions. The lowest ranked 12 teams from Serie A, along with Serie B clubs and four from Serie C, will take part in the first stage in August and December 2021. The top-eight ranked Serie A clubs will join in the round of 16, to be played Jan. 12-19, 2022.

Inter Milan (champions) will face Juventus (Coppa Italia winners) in the Supercoppa Italiana. No date or venue has been announced.

Inter Milan’s long wait for a Scudetto success came to an end.

  • Bundesliga
    Top-flight football in Germany will return on Friday, Aug. 13, when champions Bayern Munich visit Borussia Monchengladbach, and complete on May 14.

Promoted: Bochum, Greuther Furth
Relegated: Schalke, Werder Bremen

– Bundesliga on ESPN+: Stream LIVE games and replays (U.S. only)

The first round of the DFB Pokal, which will feature all 18 Bundesliga clubs, takes place on the weekend of Aug. 7. The final is at the Olympiastadion in Berlin on May 21.

DFB Pokal winners Borussia Dortmund will host champions Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup on Tuesday, Aug. 17.

Bayern Munich made it seven titles in a row in Germany.

  • Ligue 1
    The kickoff is set for the weekend of Aug. 7, running through to May 21.

On the opening weekend, champions Lille travel to Metz, while Troyes host PSG.

Promoted: Clermont Foot, Troyes
Relegated: Dijon FCO, Nimes

Ligue 1 teams enter the Coupe de France from the ninth round, usually played over the first weekend of January.

The Trophee des Champions will see Lille take on Paris Saint-Germain at the Bloomfield Stadium, in Tel Aviv, Israel on Sunday, Aug. 1.

Lille pulled off a real shock by winning Ligue 1.

European club football

The early rounds of qualifying are well under way.

The draws for the final round of qualifying across the Champions League, Europa League and the brand new Europa Conference League will be held on Monday, Aug. 2.

The UCL group-stage draw follows on Thursday, Aug. 26, with the other two competitions on Friday, Aug. 27. Group games across all competitions will begin on the midweek of Sept. 14-16.


  • Wednesday, May 24: Europa Conference League – Tirana, Albania
  • Thursday, May 25: Europa League – Seville, Spain
  • Saturday, May 27: Champions League – Saint Petersburg, Russia

The UEFA Super Cup will see Chelsea take on Villarreal at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

Chelsea will also take part in the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan in mid-December 2021.

Chelsea won the Champions League for the second time.

International football

The remaining group-stage games of European World Cup qualifying will be played in the international breaks of September, October and November. There are treble-headers in the first two months to ensure all games can be completed. The playoffs will then take place in March 2022 before the next edition of the UEFA Nations League begins in June 2022 with four rounds of games.

There will be an additional international break at the end of January 2022 to enable non-European nations to catch up with World Cup qualifying. While all top divisions in Europe will stop playing at this time, European nations will not have friendly dates.

– How World Cup qualifying works around the world

The 2022 World Cup finals themselves will be held from Nov. 21 to Dec. 18 in Qatar.

The finals of the 2020-21 Nations League — featuring, Belgium, France, Italy and Spain — will be held in Milan and Turin in October 2021.