Germany will start the 2020-21 season with cup games on 11 September before the Bundesliga resumes on 18 September. The winter break has been cut short to fit the season between postponed European tournaments.

The calendar published Friday by the German soccer federation has the league starting more than a month after it did in 2019-20. That allows space for the Champions League and Europa League mini-tournaments in August and a block of national-team games.

The 2019/2020 Bundesliga season was concluded in June 27 2020 due to the outbreak of the corona virus which put the league on hold in March 11 and later resuming in May 16.

To squeeze a full schedule of games between the postponed European tournaments, there’s an extra round of midweek games and the winter break has been slashed. The last games of 2019 will be cup games December 23 and the first league games of 2021 are set for January 2, two weeks earlier than in 2019-20.