Later start date in August for 2021/22 Irish Premiership season

The new Irish Premiership season will commence later than normal this year on Saturday, August 28.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 2:55 pm

The date has been agreed by the 12 participating clubs and agreement was reached following feedback from Premiership managers through a recent forum meeting.

The Northern Ireland Football League also confirmed that the Championship will begin on Saturday, August 8.

Normally, the Irish Premiership commences in early August, but the schedule was disrupted this season by Covid-19 restrictions.

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The 2021-22 Irish Premiership season will start on August 28.

The current season did not start until the middle of October and the campaign is set to conclude on Saturday, May 29.

The European play-off semi-finals and final are provisionally scheduled for June 4 and 7.

No matches have been played in the Championship and Premier Intermediate League since the initial outbreak of coronavirus in March 2020.

A start date for next season’s Premier Intermediate League will be confirmed “once clarification is sought on dates of other non-NIFL competitions”.

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