With the World Cup in full swing, the release of the English Premier League fixture list for 2014-15 may have been overlooked by more than a few soccer fans. The schedule was issued on June 18, with the first matches taking place on August 16, just a month after the World Cup ends. Soccer players really get no rest; in between there is the International Champions Cup which features eight European clubs, including Liverpool and the two Manchester teams, playing 13 games in 13 venues across North America.
If you read this blog regularly, you know that I like to post road trip plans here, but I have never done one for the EPL before. One major problem is that the dates of fixtures change as the Champions League, Europa League, and Capital One Cup get started and TV broadcasters move the more interesting games to Sundays and Mondays. As of this writing in late June, almost all fixtures are scheduled for Saturday at 3 pm. With 20 clubs, you would need to travel all the way to December 28th to see a match in each stadium, but once the schedule gets rearranged, this should come down to 10-12 weeks. The term "road trip" is also a bit of a misnomer; with England being relatively small, you don't have to be on the road for this sort of trip as weekend jaunts will do just fine.
Update: with fixtures being moved around for TV, the trip gets that much shorter. I've crossed out games that are no longer necessary and replaced them with ones that have been moved to an open date, signified with an asterisk. You can now see all 20 EPL venues in 10 weeks. Following European soccer tradition, home teams are listed first.
Aug 16 Man United vs Swansea (Old Trafford)* Aug 17 Newcastle vs Man City (St. James' Park)* Aug 18 Burnley vs Chelsea (Turf Moor) - moved from Aug 16 Aug 23 Crystal Palace vs West Ham (Selhurst Park)* Aug 24 Sunderland vs Man United (Stadium of Light)* Aug 25 Man City vs Liverpool (Etihad Stadium) - moved from Aug 23 Aug 30 Swansea vs West Brom (Liberty Stadium) Aug 31 Aston Villa vs Hull (Villa Park) - moved from Aug 30 Sep 13 Liverpool vs Aston Villa (Anfield)* Sep 15 Hull vs West Ham (The KC Stadium) - moved from Sep 13 Sep 20 QPR vs Stoke (Loftus Road Stadium) Sep 20 West Ham vs Liverpool (Boleyn Ground)* Sep 21 Everton vs Crystal Palace (Goodison Park)* Sep 27 Arsenal vs Spurs (Emirates Stadium) Sep 28 West Brom vs Burnley (The Hawthorns)* Sep 29 Stoke vs Newcastle (Britannia Stadium)* Oct 4 Leicester vs Burnley (King Power Stadium) Oct 5 Chelsea vs Arsenal (Stamford Bridge)* Oct 18 Southampton vs Sunderland (St. Mary's Stadium) Oct 25 Spurs vs Newcastle (White Hart Lane)
Nov 1 Everton vs Swansea (Goodison Park) Nov 8 West Ham vs Aston Villa (Boleyn Ground) Nov 22 Chelsea vs West Brom (Stamford Bridge) Nov 29 Swansea vs Crystal Palace (Liberty Stadium) Dec 2 West Brom vs West Ham (The Hawthorns) Dec 3 Sunderland vs Man City (Stadium of Light) Dec 6 Stoke vs Arsenal (Britannia Stadium) Dec 13 Man United vs Liverpool (Old Trafford) Dec 20 Liverpool vs Arsenal (Anfield) Dec 26 Crystal Palace vs Southampton (Selhurst Park) Dec 28 Newcastle vs Everton (St. James' Park)
The original trip lasted two more months. Keep that in mind if you are ever planning an EPL road trip, wait until the TV schedule is announced before booking any tickets.