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Compiling the fixtures: Marathons add to complexities

9 Jun 2019
Mo Farah

How external events play an important part in how the Premier League fixtures are produced

Carnivals, religious and music festivals, rugby matches and marathons.

These are all events that add to the complexity for Glenn Thompson, of Atos, when compiling the 2019/20 Premier League fixture list.

When clubs submitted their requests in March for consideration ahead of the next season's fixtures, they included local festivals that coincide with Premier League matches and so can affect first-aid provision and/or policing needs in that area.

The growing popularity of marathons means that three city races, in Southampton, Manchester, Wolverhampton, as well as the Great North Run in Newcastle and a marathon in Bournemouth, need to be factored in when compiling the Premier League fixtures.

Other events include the Bournemouth Air Show and Diwali in Leicester.

Also in this series

Part 1: How the Premier League fixture list is compiled
Part 2: The impossible job
Part 3: Treating clubs equally
Part 4: The festive period

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