Will the 2022 World Cup affect the new Premier League season? All the details on the meetings and the schedules before the eventful race
The 2021/22 Premier League season is set to kick off this weekend as elite football continues to advance rapidly ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
The COVID-19 lockdown saw the last quarter condense to fit all games after the campaign started a month late.
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The Premier League will have to make way for the 2022 World Cup next winter
There have been more midweek matches than ever before, as the top flight has been stepped up to accommodate the revamped European Championships over the summer.
Players have had little time to rest before the new season, but the 2021/22 campaign is expected to return to a more traditional format.
But, with the Qatar World Cup coming in the winter of 2022, there’s still plenty of football on the horizon and the powers that be are busy trying to make sure that all falls into place.
Will the 2022 World Cup affect the new Premier League season?
The new national season will start on August 13 and will run, as usual, until May 22.
The games will return to a more familiar format unlike last season, and no major football will take place next summer.
This season will also be the second to have a winter break in February.
The Qatar World Cup will then take place at the end of 2022, which will cause major disruption for the next Premier League campaign.
The 2022 World Cup will take place in Qatar
The tournament kicks off on Monday, November 21, 2022 and continues until the final on Sunday, December 18.
The Premier League is putting plans in place to deal with it.
It is expected that the 2022/23 season will start a week earlier and end a week later.
Players should then be given about a week’s rest before and after the World Cup.
This means players could enter the league just nine days before the tournament starts and return to domestic football eight days after the final on Boxing Day 2022.
There should only be six weekends without Premier League games.
It is understood that the Championship matches will also be suspended, but Leagues 1 and 2 are expected to continue during the tournament.