Stoke City’s fixtures for 2020/21 will be confirmed on Friday, August 21 at 9am.
The season is due to start with a Carabao Cup tie in the week commencing September 5 – but first round ties could be moved to alternative dates due to international fixtures.
The cup has had a few significant changes, including making the two-legged semi-finals just one tie. The first round rounds will take place in consecutive weeks through the late summer and early autumn.
The first round draw will take place on Tuesday, August 18 – divided into north and southern halves but unseeded – and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports News.
The Championship will start on September 12 and conclude on the weekend of May 8/9, 2021.
Due to the unprecedented challenges facing the fixture calendar as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and starting six weeks later than usual, the Championship will feature 13 mid-week match rounds whilst League One and League Two will have 11 respectively throughout season 2020/21.
The season will culminate in the play-off finals taking place at Wembley Stadium over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend May 29-21.
Stoke have not been invited to enter an under-21s team in the Football League Trophy. Broadcasting plans for the EFL and Carabao Cup will be confirmed in due course.
Dates for the 2020/21 Carabao Cup:
- Round One – September 2020 (alternative dates may apply)
- Round Two – 15/16 September 2020
- Round Three – 22/23 September 2020
- Round Four – 29/30 September 2020
- Round Five – 22/23 December 2020
- Semi-Finals – 5/6 January 2021 (tie to be played at the venue of club drawn out first)
- Final – 28 February 2021
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