Chelsea return to the Asia-Pacific region with a fixture against Perth Glory in Australia to get their preparations for the 2018-19 campaign under way.
The Blues will then face some of Europe's biggest clubs as part of the International Champions' Cup in a number of venues around the continent.
With the World Cup having ended just eight days before their first fixture against Perth, it leaves Chelsea with very little time to fully prepare – though it does give the opportunity to get back into the fold in an energising manner.
Goal brings you your complete guide to the Blues' 2018-19 pre-season and Premier League fixtures, with dates, venues and all you need to know about the preparations.
Chelsea pre-season fixtures
|Date||Match||Time (UK / US ET)||Venue|
|Jul 23||Perth Glory 0-1 Chelsea||12pm / 7am||Optus Stadium, Perth|
|Jul 28||Inter vs Chelsea||7:05pm / 2:05pm||Allianz Riviera Stadium, Nice|
|Aug 1||Arsenal vs Chelsea||8:05pm / 3:05pm||Aviva Stadium, Dublin|
|Aug 5||Man City vs Chelsea||3pm / 10am||Wembley Stadium, London*|
|Aug 7||Chelsea vs Lyon||8:05pm / 3:05pm||Stamford Bridge, London|
*2018 Community Shield
Chelsea's pre-season schedule involves some entertaining clashes, including an exciting match against Premier League rivals Arsenal, as well as European giants Inter and Lyon.
While the likes of fellow Premier League sides Manchester United and Liverpool playing in North America, Chelsea will instead be heading down under and to Europe.
The first game of their pre-season tour sees them play Perth Glory in a 60,000-seater stadium on July 23 at Optus Stadium in an Australia-exclusive friendly.
The west London side will then head to Europe to begin their International Champions Cup campaign against Inter at the Allianz Riviera Stadium in Nice, before facing Arsenal at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin shortly after.
They conclude their pre-season preparation with a home friendly against Lyon, but not before they take on Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley.
Chelsea 2018-19 squad numbers
|17||MF||Charly Musonda Jr|
Chelsea's 2018-19 transfer activity
Chelsea recently announced the dismissal of manager Antonio Conte after two years in charge of the club with confirmation that ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is to assume duties as head coach.
Sarri brought midfielder Jorginho along with him to Stamford Bridge for a fee of €57 million (£51m/$66m), which marks Chelsea's first big signing in the transfer window.
The Blues are expected to dip into the transfer market again before the window closes on August 9, especially with reports that Real Madrid have been interested in the likes of star Belgium internationals Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois off the back of a successful World Cup for both players.
They were also interested in signing Roma goalkeeper Alisson, but he has since made the move to Liverpool.
Transfer activity in
Transfer activity out
|CB||Jonathan Panzo||Monaco||£2.7m||July 6|
|MF||Jeremie Boga||Sassuolo||£3.5m||July 21|
Chelsea's 2018-19 Premier League fixtures
The Premier League has confirmed that the 2018-19 season will get under way on Saturday August 11.
Fixtures were released early in the morning of June 14 and Chelsea will kick off their campaign with an away game against Huddersfield Town before hosting rivals Arsenal in their first London derby of the season the following week. Newcastle United, Bournemouth and Cardiff City complete the Blues' opening five games of the season.
Liverpool and Manchester United visit Stamford Bridge on September 29 and October 20 respectively, while champions Manchester City pay their first visit to the venue on December 8.
Chelsea's full Premier League fixture list can be seen below.
|11/08/2018||15:00||Huddersfield Town v Chelsea|
|18/08/2018||17:30||Chelsea v Arsenal|
|26/08/2018||16:00||Newcastle United v Chelsea|
|01/09/2018||15:00||Chelsea v A.F.C. Bournemouth|
|15/09/2018||15:00||Chelsea v Cardiff City|
|23/09/2018||13:30||West Ham United v Chelsea|
|29/09/2018||12:30||Chelsea v Liverpool|
|06/10/2018||15:00||Southampton v Chelsea|
|20/10/2018||15:00||Chelsea v Manchester United|
|27/10/2018||15:00||Burnley v Chelsea|
|03/11/2018||15:00||Chelsea v Crystal Palace|
|10/11/2018||15:00||Chelsea v Everton|
|24/11/2018||15:00||Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea|
|01/12/2018||15:00||Chelsea v Fulham|
|04/12/2018||19:45||Wolverhampton v Chelsea|
|08/12/2018||15:00||Chelsea v Manchester City|
|15/12/2018||15:00||Brighton v Chelsea|
|22/12/2018||15:00||Chelsea v Leicester City|
|26/12/2018||15:00||Watford v Chelsea|
|29/12/2018||15:00||Crystal Palace v Chelsea|
|01/01/2019||15:00||Chelsea v Southampton|
|12/01/2019||15:00||Chelsea v Newcastle United|
|19/01/2019||15:00||Arsenal v Chelsea|
|29/01/2019||19:45||A.F.C. Bournemouth v Chelsea|
|02/02/2019||15:00||Chelsea v Huddersfield Town|
|09/02/2019||15:00||Manchester City v Chelsea|
|23/02/2019||15:00||Chelsea v Brighton|
|27/02/2019||19:45||Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur|
|02/03/2019||15:00||Fulham v Chelsea|
|09/03/2019||15:00||Chelsea v Wolverhampton|
|16/03/2019||15:00||Everton v Chelsea|
|30/03/2019||15:00||Cardiff City v Chelsea|
|06/04/2019||15:00||Chelsea v West Ham United|
|13/04/2019||15:00||Liverpool v Chelsea|
|20/04/2019||15:00||Chelsea v Burnley|
|27/04/2019||15:00||Manchester United v Chelsea|
|04/05/2019||15:00||Chelsea v Watford|
|12/05/2019||15:00||Leicester City v Chelsea|