The Premier League has confirmed that the 2018-19 season will begin on the weekend of August 11/12.

On Thursday, the Premier League’s top 20 clubs voted to push forward transfer deadline day from August 31 to 5pm on the Thursday before the start of the new season, starting with the 2018-19 campaign.

As part of that announcement, the League confirmed the date on which the summer transfer window would close in 2018.

A statement from the League announced: “Premier League clubs have today agreed to a rule amendment that will see the summer transfer window in any year end at 1700 BST on the Thursday before the start of the season.

“This is for Premier League clubs only and has no bearing on other leagues and competitions.

“The first transfer window in which this applies will be the summer transfer window in 2018 (ahead of the 2018/19 season) and it will close at 1700 BST on Thursday August 9 2018.”

That means the new season could begin as early as August 10, with a precedent already in place for beginning the competition on a Friday with last month’s clash between Arsenal and Leicester.

Should the league kick off on a Friday, it would mean the Premier League beginning only 27 days after the World Cup Final in Moscow.