When does the English Premier League season start and other key questions
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When does the English Premier League season start and other key questions

The spotlight has shifted to the upcoming Premier League season now that Euro 2020 is done.

Players have returned to training, new signings have settled in, and clubs have already begun pre-season games

Before the 2021-22 campaign begins, Futaa answers a few essential questions.

When does the season start?

The new campaign begins on Friday 13 August, as newcomers Brentford host Arsenal.

Other notable games in the first round include Manchester United's match against Leeds on Saturday, promoted Norwich's match against Liverpool on the same day, and champions Manchester City's match against Tottenham on Sunday.

The final round of matches will take place on Sunday, May 22, 2022, with all matches starting at the same time.

What are the kick-off times?

Since the return of English top-flight football amid the coronavirus pandemic, kick-off times have been staggered but this will now see a return to normality.

Games played on a Friday will kick off at 22:00 EAT, while Saturday fixtures will take place at 14:30, 17:00, and 19:30.

Sunday kick-off times are 16:00 and 18:30, while midweek games will start at 21:45 and 22:00.

Are fans allowed into stadiums?

Supporters were permitted inside the stadium for their team's final game of the previous season, with up to 10,000 people, or a fifth of the stadium's capacity, in attendance.

The Premier League hopes to have "packed stadiums for the start of the 2021-22 season," according to the UK government, which declared that limitations in England will cease on July 19th.

People gathering indoors and outdoors, including at sporting events, will be "removed from any legal constraints," according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Are there any Covid restrictions?

Spectators who wanted to watch Euro 2020 matches or Wimbledon tennis have to show confirmation of double vaccination or a negative Covid test within 48 hours of the event.

The Premier League, on the other hand, will have to determine whether or not to impose such measures.

When entering the ground, spectators may be asked to wear face masks.

Are there any rule changes?

Handball is the most prominent rule change for the new season, with the International Football Association Board (Ifab) stating that "not every contact between the hand/arm and the ball is a handball infraction."

It implies that while unintentional handball in the build-up to a goal will no longer be a penalty, a goal will still be called out if it is scored or caused through handball.

Concussion substitutes were tested in February of last season and will be utilized again this season, with up to two permanent substitutions allowed in the event of head injuries, even if all other options have been exhausted.

Are there any VAR changes?

The Premier League has chosen to utilize thicker lines to judge offside rulings after the video assistant referee (VAR) came under fire practically every week.

The modification is intended to reduce more of the marginal offsides that drew much criticism during the last campaign.

Several goals were called out as a result of a player's toe or armpit, which fans and pundits felt was destroying the game.

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