The 2022/23 Premier League season presents a host of new challenges due to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off in Qatar in November.
This will be the first season where the campaign is interrupted to allow an international tournament to take place halfway through.
The insertion of a World Cup into the domestic season schedule has created disruption at all levels, despite the fact that a ball has yet to be kicked in the 2022/23 campaign.
Premier League chiefs have worked with clubs over the past 12 months to arrange a fixture schedule that allows for breaks and the completion of a 38-game season.
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When does the 2022/23 Premier League season start?
The 2022/23 Premier League season starts eight days earlier than the 2021/22 campaign due to the risk of a backlog caused by the World Cup
The first matches are scheduled for August 6, 2022, but pre-season campaigns may not fully begin until early July.
The majority of Premier League teams had players on international duty in June and the holidays will be postponed until the end of the month, with their returns later pushed back.
Broadcaster demands will also impact the start date, with last season starting with Brentford against Arsenal on a Friday, and TV programmers could push for another early start in August.
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How will the World Cup disrupt the Premier League season?
The 2022/23 Premier League season will take a break after Game Week 16, with games played on the weekend of 12/13 November, the last matches before the start of the World Cup group stage on November 21 .
The World Cup final is scheduled for December 18, with the Premier League set to resume for traditional Boxing Day matches (December 26).
Premier League clubs‘ participation in the FA Cup will not be affected as they will only enter the competition in the third round in January, but the EFL Cup is sure to suffer.
The Premier League has also ratified a later end date of Sunday May 28, 2023 – a week after the end of the 2021/22 campaign.