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Why are Premier League matches sometimes rescheduled?

16 Sep 2016

Why are Premier League matches sometimes rescheduled?

Match dates and kick-off times can alter for a variety of reasons.

Some fixtures are rescheduled for live TV broadcast. This can alter either the date of the match, the kick-off time, or both. For example, matches originally scheduled on Saturdays at 3pm might move to Friday evening, Saturday lunchtime or evening, Sunday afternoon, or Monday evening slots.

League fixtures will also be rescheduled if they clash with major domestic or European cup competitions. The relevant competitions are the EFL Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

UEFA Europa League matches are mostly scheduled for Thursday evenings. In this instance, any Premier League matches involving competing teams on the following Saturday will be rescheduled, usually to Sunday.

In the latter part of the season some Premier League matches are scheduled for the same weekend as FA Cup ties. This requires the rescheduling of some League matches, if and when teams progress to the next round of the cup.

Information on confirmed fixture changes is included in the Publications section of our website.

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