When is Soccer Season? It Depends…

The Football / Soccer season is one of the longest compared to other popular sports. Although soccer is played around the world, most national associations follow the leagues in Europe format of playing their season from August to May. This allows most soccer players to take much needed breaks in June and July. However with the FIFA World Cup, European Championship, Copa America, Olympics and other tournaments scheduled during this time, soccer always seems to be on TV and the best players are always playing.

The obvious exception is Major League Soccer in North America which usually runs its soccer season from March until November (including the MLS Cup playoffs). This was most likely to avoid competing with the NFL’s season in the United States which runs from September to February. 

Up until the 2012/13 season the Russian Premier League ran its season from March to November to avoid playing games during the harsh winter months. This put Russian teams at a disadvantage during European club competitions because they had played most of their season as those competitions were kicking off. They have since aligned their season to the rest of the European leagues while opting for a three month winter break mid-season.

Russian Premier League soccer season
Russian Premier League game during the winter

The prolonged pandemic from 2020 to 2021 has thrown schedules off recently, but here are the start and end dates for some of the ore popular soccer leagues:

English Premier League (England)

SeasonStartFinish
2018/19August 10, 2018May 12 2019
2019/20August 9, 2019July 26, 2020
2020/21September 12, 2020May 23, 2021
2021/22August 14, 2021May 22, 2022

La Liga (Spain)

SeasonStartFinish
2018/19August 17, 2018May 19 2019
2019/20August 16, 2019July 19, 2020
2020/21September 12, 2020May 23, 2021
2021/22August 13, 2021May 22, 2022

Bundesliga (Germany)

SeasonStartFinish
2018/19August 24, 2018May 18 2019
2019/20August 16, 2019June 27, 2020
2020/21September 18, 2020May 22, 2021
2021/22August 13, 2021May 14, 2022

Serie A (Italy)

SeasonStartFinish
2018/19August 18, 2018May 26, 2019
2019/20August 24, 2019August 2, 2020
2020/21September 19, 2020May 23, 2021
2021/22August 22, 2021May 22, 2022

Ligue 1 (France)

SeasonStartFinish
2018/19August 10, 2018May 24 2019
2019/20August 9, 2019April 28, 2020
2020/21August 21, 2020May 23, 2021
2021/22August 7, 2021May 21, 2022

Major League Soccer (USA and Canada)

SeasonStartFinish
2018March 3, 2018December 8, 2018
2019March 2, 2019November 10, 2019
2020February 19, 2020December 12, 2020
2021April 16, 2021December 11, 2021

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