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Atos Celebrates 25yrs of Premier League Fixture Compiling

Wed 14th Jun 2017 | IT & Technology

On the day of the release of the Premier League fixtures for 2017/18, the company behind the delivery of the schedules is celebrating quarter of a century of involvement.

Atos, is celebrating 25 years of collating and delivering football fixture schedules for the Premier League since its inaugural season.

As the League has grown to become the most watched football league in the world, this has meant millions of fans globally now eagerly anticipate the release of the coming season’s fixtures.

Glenn Thompson, Technical Architect at Atos is the man in charge of scheduling the games and responsible for building footy fans’ excitement across the world every June.

Commenting on the company’s role, Adrian Gregory, CEO, Atos UK&I says: “We know the release of these fixtures is a highly anticipated event for football fans everywhere. We at Atos appreciate the privilege and acknowledge the responsibility of working with the Premier League to help generate their fixture list.

“With so many fans eagerly awaiting news of when they will face their biggest rivals or when their favourite away game is to be played, the sense of excitement grows as this date nears. I’ve even heard of some plan their weddings so as not to clash with their favourite team’s fixtures!”

When compiling the schedule certain rules need to be considered. For example, in any five matches a club needs to always have two fixtures at home and three away, or vice versa; and no club should have more than two consecutive fixtures home or away.

Atos’ data guru Glenn Thompson also needs to take into account the football authorities’, and clubs’ specific demands and requirements as well as policing concerns and travel implications in order to create the schedule and avoid fixture clashes.

The 2017–18 Premier League will be the 26th season of the Premier League. The season is scheduled to start on 12th August 2017 and finish on 13th May 2018.

The fixtures list announced today can be found at www.premierleague.com.

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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