The League Management Company (LMC), on Thursday released the date and schedule for the 2017/2018 Nigerian Professional Football League season which will run for a period of nine months, can report.

Activities to kick-start the 2017/18 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, which began with the ongoing club licencing, will enter the next stage with the annual NPFL pre-season tournament from December 11-17, 2017 to usher in the grand season opening matches on January 14, 2018.

The schedule of the new season’s activities, which has been endorsed by the League Management Company (LMC), will witness a flurry of activities, including the induction and orientation workshop for the four newly admitted NPFL clubs on December 14 and the LMC Pre- Annual General Meeting (AGM)/Consultative Meeting with NPFL participating clubs on December 16 in Kano where the pre-season tournament will hold.

The 2017/18 season will start at all centers on January 14 and in the first stanza, there will be three midweek matches on match days 2, 4 and 5 while the mid-season break will be from April 30- May 5 and a longer break for the FIFA World Cup from June 14-July 15.

Resumption from the World Cup break will be on July 18 with Match Day 25, which will be the first of another three midweek matches in the second stanza.

The other two midweek fixtures will be on match day 27 and 29.

Another highlight of the calendar comes up on January 8, 2018 when the LMC, which is First Instance Body (FIB) will issue the NFF Club Licensing Certificate to qualified clubs that meet the criteria for participation in the 2017/2018 NPFL Season.

The LMC assured that it took into consideration all scheduled fixtures of the AITEO Cup, CAF Club competitions and the FIFA World Cup in planning the calendar noting that “this is part of the reason we delayed the release of the fixtures and barring any unforeseen events, we definitely will conclude the season on September 30, 2018”.