As the nation's top-notch professionals kick off for a new season, you can follow them with The Times's own brilliant fantasy football game, Play The Game.
But if we have whetted your appetite for more football action, then check out this free demo download of the latest version of Championship Manager, Championship Manager 2010.
For a limited time, our friends at the game maker Eidos are making a free demo version of the game available, containing all the latest features including a bespoke 3D match engine with over 500 individual player animations and a set-piece creator giving users the chance to create their own free kicks and corners.
Scouting Networks allows users to set-up local networks in countries around the world and develop local player knowledge, and practice matches help users select their perfect team or trial new players.
Download the demo now to experience the Championship Manager. All demos will be eligible to take part in the Championship Manager 2010 challenge to win a footballing tour of Europe for two, visiting four different countries to take in some of the best football the world has to offer.
Visit www.cm10challenge.co.uk to register. Simply type your code into the demo in order to activate the in-game challenges. More information on the challenge and what players need to do can be found on the challenge website.
This exclusive preview download is available only from The Times and Eidos until Friday August 21.
In a first for football management games, CM Season Live™ is an additional monthly update that lets players download the real-world 09/10 football season data, and then take charge of their chosen club. All of the scores, competition standings, player transfers, player stats, major injuries etc. from the ten leading countries in Europe, downloaded directly on a monthly basis throughout the season - full updates for major leagues and competitions. CM Season Live™ starts on October 15 and is available at monthly intervals for 6 months at £5 for six updates.
Processor: Intel 3GHz P4 or dual core Intel / AMD equivalent
Graphics: Direct X 9 compatible. 128Mb nVidia FX 5600, ATi Radeon 9800 or equivalent.
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
OS: Microsoft Windows XP SP2/Vista
Free disk space: 3GB