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The Key dates for the 2022/23 Season
sokapro-The Key dates for the 2022/23 Season

We take a look at the key dates for the 2022/23 Premier League season.

The 2022/23 Premier League season will begin on the weekend of August 5th 2022with the first game being between Crystal Palace vs Arsenal. This is one week earlier than when the 2021/22 season began meaning that teams will have had an 11-week break between the two seasons. The Premier League will, however, halt in the middle of the season after match day 16 to accommodate the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup that will take place from November 21st to December 18th. Matchday 16 will be played on the weekend of November 12th and 13th after which players called up by their countries will depart for Qatar. The EPL will then resume on boxing day, almost a week after the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup. It is worth noting that the 2022 edition of the FIFA World Cup was scheduled to be held in the months of November and December rather than the normal period of June and July since the host nation Qatar is in a region where temperatures are very hot during that time of the year.

Apart from the important games in the Premier League, the league voted in favour of the return of 5 substitutions as it was during the coronavirus pandemic before they had reverted back to 3 substitutes per team per game. The rule will come into effect at the beginning of the season. The current transfer window for Premier League clubs was opened on Friday, June 10th and will remain open for 12 weeks before closing on Thursday, September 1st. Arsenal are so far the biggest spenders of the current transfer window having spent 121.5 million euros followed closely by Tottenham, Manchester City, Leeds, Liverpool, and Chelsea in that order. Most Premier League clubs have already unveiled both their home and away kits. 

The third round of the Emirates FA Cup will take place on the weekend of January 8th and 9th and the final will take place on Saturday, June 13th. The EFL's2022/23 season will start a week earlier than usual, with the first fixtures taking place on the weekend of July 30/31. The English Championship League will break on the weekend of November 12/13 for the World Cup group stage and will resume on the weekend of December 10/11. The English League One and the English League Two will go on as planned throughout the FIFA World Cup tournament. The final day of the EFL regular season will be on the weekend of May 6/7, with the play-off finals to take place between May 27-29.

The Carabao Cup will begin on the week starting on August 8th and the final will be held on Sunday, February 26th. The Scottish Premiership will also begin on the weekend of July 30/31 and will pause on the weekend of November 12/13, before resuming on the weekend of December 17/18. The English Premier League season will end on the weekend of May 27th and 28th. The UEFA Champions League group stages will begin on September 6/7 and the matches will be played in back-to-back weeks, rather than in two and three-week intervals, to ensure they are completed before the World Cup. The UCL knockout rounds will commence on February 14/15 and the final will take place on June 10th in Istanbul. 

The UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Europa Conference League group stages will begin on September 8th and finish on November 3rd and their respective knockout rounds will begin on February 16th. The Europa League final will be on May 31 in Budapest, while the Europa Conference League final will be on June 7 in Prague. The November 21st to December 18th FIFA World Cup has necessitated a shake-up of the international match calendar. The September international break will now be at the end of the month rather than the beginning and no international fixtures will be held in October.