Fixture changes explained


Find out why alterations are made to the original fixture list during the season, such as for broadcast selections or cup competitions

The fixture list for the full 2016/17 Premier League season was announced on 15 June.

What has to be considered is that throughout the season there will be alterations to this list.

Match dates can change for a variety of reasons, including live TV broadcast selections and also to accommodate matches in European and domestic cup competitions.

For this reason, Premier League fixtures are always advertised as being subject to change.

Keep up-to-date with all fixtures changes with the Premier League digital calendar

Changes for broadcast selections

The first changes take place when the League’s UK broadcast partners announce their opening group of live TV matches. This happens in early July and contains broadcast alterations for the first two months of the season (August and September).

TV matches for October and November should be confirmed and announced in early August. For fixtures from December onwards, live TV matches are mostly confirmed on a month-by-month basis.

The Premier League will seek to confirm live TV matches approximately five or six weeks before the start of the month in question. For example, December selections are typically confirmed in mid-October.

The broadcast selections for the season’s final round of fixtures on 21 May, 2017, are usually announced after every club have completed 37 matches. As these matches always kick off simultaneously, there is no direct impact on match-going fans, in terms of rearranged dates or kick-off times.

Changes for European cup competitions

Before the start of the season, the fixture list will also be examined to identify any Premier League matches that may need to change to accommodate midweek UEFA Europa League fixtures, up to and including the group stages.

These changes are then officially announced after each club’s European fixture dates have been confirmed by UEFA.

This is particularly relevant for any clubs participating in the UEFA Europa League, where the majority of matches take place on Thursday evenings.

The club’s next Premier League fixture will often be played on a Sunday, to allow a proper break between matches.

The rescheduling process continues throughout the season, for as long as each club retain an interest in their European cup competition.

Of course, any of these changes relate also to the opponents of those clubs in any subsequent Premier League fixtures.

Changes for domestic cup competitions

Premier League matches may move if and when clubs progress into the later rounds of domestic cup competitions.

Man Utd's Wayne Rooney with the FA Cup

The FA Cup semi-finals and League Cup final are scheduled on weekends when a Premier League round of fixtures also takes place. This leads to some fixture amendments.

Dates for cup competitions

The following match dates for European and domestic cup competitions may cause Premier League fixtures to change during 2016/17 for the clubs involved in these competitions and their Premier League opponents.

UEFA Europa League
28 July 2016 Third qualifying round, first leg
4 Aug 2016 Third qualifying round, second leg
15 Sep 2016 Group stage match
29 Sep 2016 Group stage match
20 Oct 2016 Group stage match
3 Nov 2016 Group stage match
24 Nov 2016 Group stage match
8 Dec 2016 Group stage match
16 Feb 2017 Round of 32, first leg
23 Feb 2017 Round of 32, second leg
9 Mar 2017 - Round of 16, first leg
16 Mar 2017 - Round of 16, second leg
13 Apr 2017 - Quarter-final, first leg
20 Apr 2017 - Quarter-final, second leg
4 May 2017 - Semi-final, first leg
11 May 2017 - Semi-final, second leg

League Cup
26 Feb 2017 Final 

FA Cup
11 Mar 2017 Sixth-round proper
22/23 Apr 2017 Semi-finals
TBC Final

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