When Do the European Leagues Kick Off?


The World Cup is over. Aside from a few money-grabbing promotional tours through North America and Europe, and of course the summer leagues like MLS, this is the closest thing we’ll get to a football off-season for quite a while. I know it seems like an eternity, but European club football will come back. For die-hard fans of some big clubs, it’s already here, in the form of early European qualifiers. Celtic, for example, kicks off their Champions League qualifying today. Today!

Here are the starting dates for the top European football leagues, in order of appearance:

(It also serves as a reminder how uncreative most European leagues are with their names)

Superligaen (Denmark): 18 July
Ekstraklasa (Poland): 18 July
Super League (Switzerland): 19 July
Austrian Bundesliga: 19 July
Prva HNL (Croatia): 19 July
Pro League (Belgium): 25 July
Liga I (Romania): 25 July
Ukrainian Premier League: 26 July
First League (Czech Republic): 26 July
Russian Premier League: 1 August
Ligue 1 (France): 8 August
Eredivisie (Netherlands): 8 August
Scottish Premiership: 9 August
Premier League (England): 16 August
Primeira Liga (Portugal): 17 August
Bundesliga (Germany): 22 August
Serie A (Italy): 23 August
La Liga (Spain): 23 August
First Division (Cyprus): 23 August
Superleague (Greece): 24 August
Süper Lig (Turkey): 31 August
Ligat Ha’al (Israel): 31 August