The dates for games across the new Premier League season are due to be announced this week, and its’ the culmination of an enormous job to compile the fixtures.
Glenn Thompson, who is in charge of scheduling all of the 380 matches in a season, has detailed how this crucial job is done.
Thompson revealed that work on the fixtures is done at the start of every year, when he receives the playing dates from the Premier League.
“At the start of the year. That’s when I get the playing dates from the Premier League,” Thompson said.
“The whole thing is built up putting in the international dates from FIFA, then the European club competitions, then the Football Association adds in the dates for its competitions and what you are left with are the dates when you can play league and League Cup matches.”
After Thompson receives the dates from the Premier League, he is then responsible for creating a fixture sequence.
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What is sequencing?
Sequencing is the method used to break down the season into different