The 2020-21 Premier League season will begin on September 12 and will end on May 23, the British top flight announced on Friday.

Most clubs will have a seven-week break between the end of the 2019-20 season this weekend and the start of the new campaign.

However, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Wolves could only have three weeks off if they were to advance to the Champions League or Europa League finals in August.

The Champions League final will take place in Lisbon on 23 August with the Europa League final two days earlier in Cologne.

“Premier League shareholders today agreed to start the 2020-21 Premier League season on September 12, 2020,” the league said in a statement. “The final round of the campaign will take place on May 23, 2021.”

The English League has confirmed that the league, league 1 and league 2 will also start the same weekend.

The Premier League has stated that “it will continue to consult the FA and EFL on the scheduling of all national competitions” amidst difficulties in putting the League and FA Cup in their current formats on a congested schedule.

An early September means that the season will almost certainly begin behind closed doors, with viewers returning to places in England only socially after October 1st.

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