The Football Association have published their competition dates for the 2018-19 season. The main interest here is the schedule for the FA Cup which will as per recent seasons see Yeovil Town enter at the First Round stage. Those dates have now been integrated below with all other 2018-19 Key Date information that we're aware of. Exact dates are as usual subject to the requirements of the police and television broadcasters.
The 2018-19 Season will see the prize money pool increased for the first time in several seasons. The FA have stated that the pool will be "more than doubled" with a structure that will benefit "all" participating clubs at every stage. It's not clear at this stage whether this will be a uniform raising of the money clubs obtain if they win ties, or whether this will be weighted towards certain rounds.
The 2018-19 Season will be the last season where the FA Cup Fifth Round will be played around a weekend schedule. For the 2019-20 Season, the Premier League is introducing a staggered 'winter break' during February 2020, with replays scrapped for that round, and all ties played in midweek.
As already reported, there will be two Summer Transfer Window deadlines, with permanent transfers treated differently to the deadline for Loan Agreements.
The dates that are in place so far for the 2018-19 season are as follows:
21/06/2018 : Thursday 9.00a.m. : Fixture Lists published
11/07/2018 : Pre-Season Friendlies commence (list here).
04/08/2018 : The 2018-19 Season Commences
09/08/2018 : Permanent Transfer Window closes at 5.00p.m. for all Premier League and EFL clubs
13/08/2018 : League Cup First Round (week commencing)
31/08/2018 : Loan Transfer Window closes for all Football League clubs
03/09/2018 : EFL Trophy First Round (week commencing)
20/10/2018 : FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round (last round before Yeovil are involved)
10/11/2018 : FA Cup First Round weekend
01/12/2018 : FA Cup Second Round weekend
05/01/2019 : FA Cup Third Round weekend
26/01/2019 : FA Cup Fourth Round weekend
16/02/2019 : FA Cup Fifth Round weekend
16/03/2019 : FA Cup Quarter-Final weekend
06/04/2019 : FA Cup Semi-Final weekend
04/05/2019 : Final weekend of 2018-19 Season Proper fixtures.
18/05/2019 : FA Cup Final (Wembley Stadium)
Link: 2018-19 Summer Transfer Window Rule Changes.
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