There's the famous 'Revierderby' to look forward to on Matchday 8 as Schalke host Ruhr rivals Dortmund
There's the famous 'Revierderby' to look forward to on Matchday 8 as Schalke host Ruhr rivals Dortmund

DFL finalises Bundesliga Matchday 7-16 and Bundesliga 2 9-18 schedules

Frankfurt - The DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga have released the official schedules for Matchdays 7 to 16 in the Bundesliga and Matchdays 9 to 18 in Bundesliga 2.

European considerations

The kick-off times for each Matchday were established following detailed discussions which took not only the security and policing requirements into account, but also the upcoming international fixtures.

With four teams competing in the UEFA Europa League this season the additional midweek fixtures will result in three Sunday matches being played in the Bundesliga on Matchdays 4, 7, 9, 11 and 13. Despite these changes, one of the four teams will still be required to play on the Saturday - just two days after their Thursday evening Europa League encounter - on Matchday 16. This situation was previously discussed and determined with the clubs prior to the start of the season.

Furthermore, the league will forego it's Friday evening encounter on Matchday 12 in order to accommodate the international matches taking place earlier in the week. Three matches to watch out for during this time are FC Schalke 04's Revierderby trip to Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 8, Hamburger SV hosting FC Bayern Munich on Matchday 10 and the clash between record titleholders as Bayern and reigning champions BVB on Matchday 15.

Bundesliga 2 adaptations

In Bundesliga 2, there will be no Monday evening kick-off on Matchdays 11 and 15 due to the DFB Cup second round fixtures and the midweek matches taking place on Matchday 16, which will include a Thursday evening encounter between Hertha BSC Berlin and 1. FC Köln.

A finalised schedule for both leagues, pertaining to the final Matchday before the winter break (Bundesliga: Matchday 17, Bundesliga 2: Matchday 19), will be released after the draw for the last 16 of the DFB Cup in November.


Bundesliga fixtures Matchday 6-17


Bundesliga 2 fixtures Matchday 9-18