Why Premier League fixtures change for TV, domestic cups and UEFA competitions

12 Jun 2023
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Find out why alterations are made to the original fixture list during the season, such as for broadcast selections or cup competitions

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Premier League 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.

Broadcast selections

The Premier League has committed to giving supporters a minimum of six weeks’ notice (from the first match in the relevant month) on broadcast selections until December 2023, and five weeks’ from January 2024 until Match Round 37.

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 Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference 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.

The rescheduling process continues throughout the season, for as long as each club remain in 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.

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

UEFA Champions League/Europa League/Europa Conference League
19-21 Sep 2023 Group stage match
3-5 Oct 2023 Group stage match
24-26 Oct 2023 Group stage match
7-9 Nov 2023 Group stage match
28-30 Nov 2023 Group stage match
12-14 Dec 2023 Group stage match
13-15 Feb 2024 UCL Round of 16 first leg, UEL/UECL knockout playoffs
20-22 Feb 2024 UCL Round of 16 first leg, UEL/UECL knockout playoffs
5-7 Mar 2024 UCL Round of 16 second leg, UEL/UECL Round of 16 first leg
12-14 Mar 2024 UCL Round of 16 second leg, UEL/UECL Round of 16 second leg
9-11 Apr 2024 Quarter-final, first leg
16-18 Apr 2024 Quarter-final, second leg
30-2 April/May 2024 Semi-final, first leg
7-9 May 2024 Semi-final, second leg
22 May 2024 UEL final
29 May 2024 UECL final
1 Jun 2024 UCL final

League Cup
25 Feb 2024 Final

FA Cup
Date TBC Quarter-finals
Date TBC Semi-finals

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

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