The Premier League has confirmed that the winter break required next season to accommodate the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will last for just over six weeks.
The 2022/23 season will get underway on Saturday, August 6, before being put on hold from Monday, November 14, ahead of the World Cup starting a week later on Monday, November 21.
Ahead of players being released for international duty for the tournament, 16 rounds of Premier League fixtures will be played between the opening day of the campaign and Sunday, November 13
The Premier League campaign will resume on Boxing Day, meaning England will have its traditional set of festive fixtures. The World Cup concludes just a week before Christmas, with the final being staged on Sunday, December 18, in the yet-to-be-completed city of Lusail.
Following the Boxing Day fixtures, the season will continue without any further interruptions but midweek fixtures are expected to accommodate all games before the season ends on Sunday, May 28. As is tradition, all ten Premier League fixtures will kick off at the same time on the final day to bring down the curtain on the 2022/23 campaign.
The Premier League will have many representatives at the World Cup, which is being played out of its traditional slot due to the high temperatures Qatar experiences during the summer months.
England will be hoping to move a step closer towards qualification when they face Albania at Wembley on Friday evening in their penultimate qualifier.
The Three Lions need four points from their remaining two matches, but a win against Albania, coupled with Poland dropping points against Andorra, would see Gareth Southgate’s side get the job done with a game to spare, that being against San Marino on Monday night.