The Premier League has confirmed its start date for the 2022/23 season, with the campaign due to be disrupted by the 2022 World Cup in Qatar during the winter.
Football's biggest national team tournament usually takes place during the summer months of May, June, or July, but will begin in late November and run until mid December as there were concerns over the high summer temperatures in the Middle East.
There's going to be little rest for the Premier League players who go to Qatar for the World Cup, with games in England scheduled for 12-13 November next year. The first World Cup games will be on 21 November.
The league's statement reads: "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.
"The Premier League season will start on 6 August 2022.
"Match round 16 will be the last set of matches played over the weekend of 12-13 November ahead of the call-up period for the tournament beginning on Monday 14 November.
"The League will resume on Boxing Day following the FIFA World Cup Final, which takes place on Sunday 18 December 2022.
"The final match round of the campaign will be played on 28 May 2023, when all games will kick off simultaneously as usual."
Germany and Denmark have already qualified for the competition next year alongside hosts Qatar, with a number of countries expected to confirm their spots during the current international break.
The 2022 World Cup has been hit by accusations of corruption ever since it was awarded to Qatar back in 2010. Issues over migrant workers, slavery accusations and deaths during the construction of stadiums have all been raised in recent years.
Source : 90min