The Premier League 2022/23 season dates have been confirmed.
The season has been adjusted to accommodate the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, which will take place in the middle of the domestic calendar.
Due to extreme heat and humidity levels in the summer months, the tournament will take place in November-December rather than the usual summer months.
With the tournament due to start in late November 2022, the league’s organisers have had to make alternative arrangements for next season so that players can represent both their club and country.
The new campaign will start on August 6 2022 and conclude on May 28 2023.
Following Match Round 16, which will take place on the weekend of November 12-13, players will join up with their respective national teams for the World Cup.
There will be no Premier League action until the completion of the competition – the final is due to take place on December 18 2022.
The 2022/23 season will consist of 34 weekends, three midweeks and one Bank Holiday match round. There will also be a standalone FA Cup final weekend.
As the league will finish on May 28, players will be given an opportunity to rest between the end of the season and the international break in June and will condense the impact of the FIFA World Cup to one season only.
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Although it’s still early to be thinking about next season’s Premier League campaign, clubs will already be looking ahead and making plans ahead of the unique season that is to come.
As a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the last two seasons’ schedules have been hectic.
There has been better balance in that respect so far this season, but this fixtures announcement confirms that we can expect another busy campaign next time out.