The Premier League reveal their revised 2022-23 season calendar with action starting a week early, pausing in mid-November and restarting on Boxing Day – a WEEK after the World Cup final in Qatar!
- The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is being held between November and December
- It means European leagues are having to adapt their calendars accordingly
- The Premier League are starting a week early before returning on Boxing Day
- It means any players who reach the World Cup final have just seven days break
Premier League teams will return to action just a week after the 2022 World Cup final after plans for a revised 2022-23 calendar were revealed.
A winter World Cup in Qatar in 12 months’ time wreaks havoc in the middle of European football seasons and so the Premier League have revealed how they will navigate the month-long tournament.
The action will start a week earlier than normal on August 6 before coming to a halt on the weekend of November 12-13.
The Premier League have detailed their calendar for the World Cup-disrupted 2022-23 season
International players will then join up with their national teams from November 14 and will look to go all the way to the World Cup final on December 18.
The Premier League will then make a swift return on Boxing Day, meaning some managers face some of the players having next to no break if they go all the way in Qatar.
With the World Cup dominating the middle portion of the season, the knock-on effect is that 2022-23 will conclude a week later than normal, finishing on May 28 with every match kicking off at the same time, as is traditional on the final day.
Action will recommence on Boxing Day, just a week after the World Cup final out in Qatar
The 2022-23 season will consist of 34 weekend round of matches, three mid-week set of fixtures and one Bank Holiday match round
The FA Cup final weekend will continue to standalone and will not find itself absorbed among league games.
It is believed that players can rest between the end of the season and international football’s window in June, ensuring the disruption to the calendar is contained to just one season.
The World Cup is being held outside of its normal summer window due to player welfare concerns.
The Al-Thumama Stadium, one of the grounds to be used for the 2022 FIFA World Cup
High temperatures in the Middle East during the summer saw FIFA switch the World Cup from June and July to November and December.
The decision to do so created issues for many domestic leagues, who will all be required to put their league campaigns on hold for a month.
Players are required to get a week to prepare for the showpiece tournament in Qatar as well as get a week to recover and acclimatise to be ready for league football.