Premier League 2019/20 begins

Premier League 2019/20 begins

The 2019–20 Premier League is the 28th season of the Premier League, the top English professional football league, since its establishment in 1992. Manchester City are the defending champions for the second successive year, after picking up the domestic treble the previous season.

It is the first Premier League season to have a mid-season break in February, whereby five games of a normal round of ten will be played on one weekend and the remaining five the following weekend. It is the first season to use VAR. Changes to the rules affecting backpasses, penalties, handballs and substitutions were introduced in 2019–20.

The Premier League season marks the start of a new three year TV deal. Eight matches will be shown on television at 19:45 BST on Saturday nights, broadcast by Sky Sports.

Twenty teams will compete in the league – the top seventeen teams from the previous season and the three teams promoted from the Championship. The promoted teams are Norwich City, Sheffield United and Aston Villa. Norwich City and Aston Villa return to the top flight after absences of three years, while Sheffield United return after a twelve-year absence. They replace Cardiff City, Fulham (both teams relegated after one season back in the top flight) and Huddersfield Town (relegated after two years in the top flight). Cardiff City’s relegation means that this season will be the first without a side from Wales since the 2010–11 season.