The Premier League is set to resume on June 17, provided all safety requirements are in place.
Due to the global pandemic, like most events in our lives, the Premier League has been on hold since early March. On May 28, the Premier League Shareholders agreed to a provisional restart date for the rest of the 2019/20 season.
Manchester City will face Arsenal while Aston Villa will go against Sheffield United on Wednesday, June 17, followed by a full match week starting on Friday, June 19.
While venues for the matches are yet to be determined, due to COVID-19, the games will take place behind closed doors.
The shareholders have also approved a proposal that allows all 92 remaining games to be broadcast live in the UK by the Premier League’s existing broadcast partners: Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon Prime.
It was recently announced that four Premier League matches are set to be broadcast, free to air, live on BBC Sport after the restart. This will be the first time the BBC shows a Premier League match live.
Amazon is also set to mark the return of the Premier League making their four remaining matches available to view free of charge. Prime Video Sport Europe Managing Director, Alex Green assured that the fans will not need a Prime membership to watch the rest of the remaining four games on Prime Video.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “Today we have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday 17 June. But this date cannot be confirmed until we have met all the safety requirements needed, as the health and welfare of all participants and supporters is our priority.”
“Sadly, matches will have to take place without fans in stadiums, so we are pleased to have come up with a positive solution for supporters to be able to watch all the remaining 92 matches. It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home. We will continue to work step-by-step and in consultation with all our stakeholders as we move towards resuming the 2019/20 season,” he added.
While the full fixture list and times are yet to be announced, the new planned kick-off times in the UK for live matches will also be different from traditional times.
The games will be scheduled as follows (Timezone – BST):
Saturday – 12:30pm / 3pm / 5:30pm / 8pm
Sunday – 12pm / 2pm / 4:30pm / 7pm
Monday and Friday – 8pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – 6pm / 8pm