You might think this is a barren Summer of football with no major tournaments on the horizon, but actually I would argue there’s a wealth of football to follow over the next couple of months.
- UEFA Nations League Finals
- FIFA Women’s World Cup
- Premier League Fixtures 2019/20
- African Cup of Nations
- UEFA Champions League
- UEFA Europa League
UEFA Nations League Finals
Group stages of the Nations League were played in the Autumn last year. The Netherlands, Switzerland, Portugal and England topped their respective three team groups to progress to the semi-finals which will be played on Wednesday 5th June (Portugal v Switzerland) and Thursday 6th June (Netherlands v England) – both matches kick-off 19:45 BST.
These are the semi-finals and the winners will progress to the Final on Sunday (kick-off 19:45 BST). As a taster to the final on Sunday evening, there is a third-place playoff in the afternoon (14:00) between the two losing semi-finalists.
FIFA Women’s World Cup
Twenty four teams will compete in this Summer’s Women’s World Cup. Split into six groups of four, the hosts, France, will kick-off the tournament against Korea Republic at 20:00 BST on Friday 7th June. The defending champions from 2015, United States, start their Campaign on Tuesday 11th June when they take on Thailand.
England’s opening match is against Scotland on 9th June in Nice – Scotland are making their Women’s World Cup debut. All of the Women’s World Cup matches can be found live across the BBC network.
Premier League Fixtures 2019/20
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Just 32 days after Manchester City secured the 2018/19 Premier League title, the new fixture list for the 2019/20 season will be announced. Norwich City, Sheffield United and Aston Villa will be joining the ranks of the Premier League when August comes around – who will be their first opponents be?
African Cup of Nations
The 32nd edition of the African Cup of Nations is Africa’s equivalent to the European Championships – this one though, is held every two years. It’ll be the first time the tournament has been held in June/July.
Hosts, Egypt, will kick-off the tournament against Zimbabwe on 21st June. Cameroon start their defence of the title when they take on Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday 25th June. Cameroon had initially been awarded the tournament, but were unable to satisfy the infrastructure requirements in time, so it was handed to Egypt.
UEFA Champions League
Yep, you read that right – the Champions League starts in June! Liverpool won’t start their defence of the title until September, but there are plenty of matches to play before those first Group Stage matches start.
The Preliminary Round starts on June 25 with the First and Second Qualifying Rounds in July before final Qualifying Round and Play Offs in August!
UEFA Europa League
The Champions League poor relation, the Europa League also kicks-off at the end of June. In fact, it’s a very similar set up to the Champions League in terms of rounds. The Preliminary Round starts on June 27 with the First and Second Qualifying Rounds in July before final Qualifying Round and Play Offs in August.