Fixture release day, transfer window, first game and other key Leeds United dates this summer

Leeds United will learn their schedule for the new Championship season on June 26, with the EFL confirming the date for Fixture Release Day.

The Whites will remain in the second tier following their play-off final defeat to Southampton on Sunday afternoon at Wembley. While the disappointment of the loss will still remain raw, it allows supporters to start to plan for another campaign and pick out the key dates to plot what everyone hopes will be the campaign that the Yorkshire club return to the Premier League at the second time of asking.

A first for the Championship, Fixture Release Day will also see Leeds learn when they will be shown on TV over the course of August and September, as part of the new EFL broadcast deal with Sky Sports. Worth £935m collectively to the EFL, Championship clubs are said to be almost 50% better off by the new deal which will see Daniel Farke 's side guaranteed to be shown live on TV at least 24 times in the new season.

After learning their TV games for the first two months of the season on the day fixtures are out, the Whites will then learn their TV picks and potential schedule changes up to the FA Cup third round in early January before the season kicks off. It's part of Sky Sports' vow to offer more clarity to supporters as part of the new broadcast deal.

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Leeds are expected to return for pre-season training later than most teams after the fixture release day, with the late start to the season and their play-off campaign, meaning Farke and his players have only just conducted their time off. That being said, here is a look at the key dates ahead of the 2024/25 term.

Transfer window dates

While Fixture Release Day is always a big day in terms of preparations for the new campaign starting, perhaps an even bigger date will be the start of the transfer window - with Leeds and other Championship clubs looking to use it to strengthen their squads to aid ambitions for success next term.

The summer transfer window officially opens on June 14 and will close on August 30 at 11 pm. It offers clubs plenty of time to fine-tune their squads for the campaign, though business is likely to be slow at least for the first few weeks. With players unlikely to be returning from holidays until the end of June/start of July - transfer activity tends to start slow most summers.

As for players like Jamie Shackleton and Liam Cooper, who will be available for free this summer following the conclusion of their contracts, they officially won't be able to join new clubs until July 1, with existing contracts ending on June 30.

First game of the season

It will then be all eyes on the first game of the season, with the Championship campaign starting a week later than normal this year. As part of the new broadcast deal, every EFL game will be broadcast live on the opening weekend, which starts on Friday, August 9.

In the Championship, there will be two 8 pm, kick-offs on the Friday evening and there are expected to be two games played on the Sunday too, at a time to be confirmed. The rest of the games will take place on the Saturday, and could still be at 3 pm even though they will be broadcast live and the 3 pm blackout will remain in place. With no Premier League games taking place that weekend, the 3 pm blackout is not applicable.

The Whites will also be broadcast live in between the first and second league games of the season, as that first midweek is the first round of the Carabao Cup. All games in that competition will also be broadcast live as part of Sky Sports' new Sky Sports+ offering, which effectively replaces the red button of previous years. The Yorkshire club will be hoping to improve on last season's showing having narrowly lost to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the fifth round of the competition.

Other Leeds dates to look out for

While those are key dates to look forward to, there are also some key things for as yet unconfirmed dates that we can expect over the course of the summer too. Leeds have yet to confirm their pre-season plans for the upcoming campaign, but those details are expected to be announced shortly.

There will be friendlies throughout July, however, as Farke looks for his players to build their sharpness ahead of the new campaign. The Whites played four times as they prepared for the 2023/24 Championship season which included games against Manchester United, Monaco and Nottingham Forest.

We can also look forward to the release of the new Leeds kits, with Adidas set to reveal their newest designs as they enter the final year of their contract with the Elland Road club having secured a multi-year deal in July 2020. The deal struck ahead of the Whites’ return to the Premier League which saw the two collaborate for the first time.

Leeds are yet to release their retained list, but that should be the next major communication from the club in the next week or so. We already know that Joe Rodon, Connor Roberts and Jaidon Anthony will return to their parent clubs following the end of their loan spells in LS11, with Luke Ayling also expected to leave the Whites after a eight-year stay in Yorkshire.

Decisions will also have to be made on a number of Leeds' top performers this term. It is said that the Whites could be forced to sell around £100million worth of players to ensure they comply with financial regulations heading into next season after failing to secure promotion, with the likes of Crysencio Summerville, Illan Meslier, Wilfried Gnonto and Georginio Rutter all cited as potential options for the club to offload in the summer.