The 2023/24 Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 seasons are taking shape. - © Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images
The 2023/24 Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 seasons are taking shape. - © Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images

DFL confirms kick-off times for 2023/24 Bundesliga Matchdays 1-8


Following the release of the 2023/24 fixture lists, the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga has now confirmed the exact dates and kick-off times for Bundesliga Matchdays 1 to 8.

Click here for the 2023/24 Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 fixture lists in full!

The new Bundesliga campaign will get underway with Werder Bremen hosting defending champions Bayern Munich on Friday, 18 August (kick-off: 8.30pm CEST), with Saturday's action the following day including Bayer Leverkusen vs. RB Leipzig from 3.30pm CEST. 

Later the same day, Borussia Dortmund host Cologne in the first Saturday evening fixture of the season (19 August, kick-off: 6.30pm CEST). Sunday, 20 August sees the Hesse derby between Eintracht Frankfurt and newly promoted Darmstadt from 5.30pm CEST.

Matchday 2 will take in the first home games for last year's promoted teams: Darmstadt play host to Union Berlin, while Heidenheim welcome Hoffenheim. Both games take place on Saturday, 26 August (kick-off: 3.30pm CEST). 

A week later, Borussia Mönchengladbach meet Bayern on Saturday, 2 September (kick-off: 6.30pm CEST), before UEFA Champions League participants Union and Leipzig clash the following day (Sunday, 3 September, kick-off: 5.30pm CEST). On Matchday 8, the Rhineland derby between Cologne and Gladbach takes centre stage on Sunday, 22 October (kick-off: 3.30pm CEST).

Watch: Get ready for the first matchday of 2023/24

In Bundesliga 2, the DFL has already announced the timings of the first two matchdays, while Matchday 3 will get underway with Kaiserslautern vs. Elversberg on Friday, 18 August (kick-off: 6.30pm CEST). Saturday night's games then culminate in Hamburg vs. Hertha Belin (kick-off: 8.30pm CEST).

On Matchday 6, in addition to the Franconian derby between Nuremberg and Greuther Fürth (Friday, 15 September, kick-off: 6.30pm CEST), there is the Lower Saxony clash between Hannover and Osnabrück (Sunday, 17 September, kick-off: 1.30pm CEST).

On Matchday 7, Bundesliga founding members Eintracht Braunschweig and Nuremberg meet at the same time the promoted duo of Wehen Wiesbaden and Elversberg face-off (Saturday, 23 September, kick-off: 1pm CEST). Then, two weeks later, relegated pair Schalke and Hertha meet for the first time since dropping down from the top division (Sunday, 8 October, kick-off: 1.30 pm).

The timings for the following set of Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 fixtures are scheduled to be announced in the week beginning 2 October, following the draw for the second round of the DFB Cup.