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Busy Summer Months For English Football Fans


Some of you may be thinking that the English football season is over until August. In some ways it is, but many of you may realize it’s far from over. The summer months always serve up a lot of transfer activity and stories, so it’s important to stay plugged in to sites like EPL Talk to keep on top of the Premier League-related news all summer long.

Here are just a few of the highlights to look forward to in the coming months:

June 2009

  • Week of June 1st: The winners of the inaugural EPL Awards will be announced,
  • England plays Kazakhstan on June 6 in an important 2010 World Cup qualifier,
  • England plays Andorra on June 10 in another important 2010 World Cup qualifier match,
  • The UEFA u21 European Championships begin on June 15. England are in the same group as Germany, Spain and Finland; we’ll be bringing you coverage from the event as well as reports on how Premier League players such as Theo Walcott, Gabriel Agbonlahor, James Milnar and others are doing,
  • The 2009-2010 Premier League fixtures/schedule will be released on June 17,

July 2009

  • Free enrollment will open to the 2009-10 season of the Fantasy Premier League,
  • The first preseason friendly of the summer begins on July 9 and continues daily until August 9,
  • Chelsea will play Seattle Sounders on July 18 in Seattle, Washington,
  • Manchester United’s Asia Tour officially kicks off on July 18 with a game against a Malaysian select team,
  • Chelsea will play Inter Milan on July 21 in Pasadena, California,
  • Tottenham Hotspur will play Barcelona as part of the Wembley Cup on July 24,
  • Chelsea will play AC Milan on July 24 in Baltimore,
  • Chelsea will play Club America on July 26 in the World Football Challenge in Arlington, Texas
  • The Barclays Asia Trophy Cup kicks off on July 29 with a weekend of competitive games featuring Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Hull City and a team from Beijing, China
  • FA Cup Finalist Everton will play against the Major League Soccer All-Star Team on July 29 in Salt Lake City, Utah

August 2009

  • The Emirates Cup begins on August 1 with Arsenal playing Atletico Madrid followed the day later with a game against Glasgow Rangers,
  • The traditional game that starts the new English season, the Community Shield, kicks off on August 9 between Manchester United and the winner of the FA Cup, either Chelsea or Everton,
  • The 2009-2010 season of the Premier League kicks off on August 15.
  • The summer transfer window closes on August 31.

EPL Talk will provide you daily coverage throughout the summer with news and analysis relating to the Premier League and England national team. Don’t forget you can also follow EPL Talk on Twitter. And Kartik Krishnaiyer will keep bringing you intelligent interviews with some of the biggest names in English football throughout the summer months on the EPL Talk Podcast. Plus you can follow all of the top Premier League-related news stories on our EPL Talk news feed.

Last but not least, don’t forget that you can follow all of the news and analysis of Major League Soccer on MLS Talk this summer including the important Confederations Cup games, Gold Cup and World Cup qualifier games. And visit our sister sites for coverage of the Bundesliga, Championship, Champions League, La Liga, Serie A and World Cup.

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  1. uh?

    May 31, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Soccer rules. The season just ended and they will have the schedule for next year out within one month. American sports need to take note.

  2. eplnfl

    May 31, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Yes it’s a misnomer to call it the off season for the soccer fan in the US or Europe for that matter. What maybe called the “American Soccer Season” is now on a pitch or TV near you.

    Let’s not forget the large number of European and English based players on the US National team that we take the field in Chicago next week. Chris cited above the English teams that will be touring the US in the pre-season before big crowds.

    Somebody may have a number but a good number of EPL based players will be showing up in South Africa for the Confederations Cup. So, the fun is just starting for us in North America and promises to be better then ever.
    And everyone thought they saw Tim Howards last game for a while on Saturday. How wrong you are!

  3. S.G.

    May 31, 2009 at 2:46 pm


    Thanks. This really is a top-notch timeline of the summer. We are going to link.


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