Premier League: No plans to play matches abroad or extend season to 39 games
September 27, 2021
Premier League does not plan to extend its season to 39 games or play matches internationally; reports had suggested a 39th game might be on the agenda; clubs are instead looking to make pre-season matches more competitive and potentially play tournaments abroad
There are no plans to extend the Premier League season to 39 games and play matches abroad, Sky Sports News has been told.
Clubs are, however, discussing the possibility of more competitive pre-season matches being staged internationally. In 2008, proposals were put in place for a 39th game – an extra Premier League match that would be included in the overall league table, but would be staged abroad.
Despite a number of top clubs voicing support for the idea, with the potential to open up new marketing and broadcast revenues internationally, there was widespread condemnation of the idea by FIFA, supporter groups, and most managers.
Some newspaper reports on Monday suggested the proposal of the 39th game is now back on the agenda.