Earlier start to English football because of World Cup
The 2022-23 English Football League season will start earlier on July 30 next year because of the World Cup.
The Championship will run until November 12 and resume on December 10, but League One and League Two will continue without a mid-season hiatus.
The final round of fixtures in all three divisions will be played on the weekend of May 6-7, 2023, with play-off finals from May 27-29.
The first winter World Cup will run from November 21 to December 18, 2022.
As a result, the Premier League will break for more than six weeks from November 12-13 before the tournament begins in Qatar, with fixtures resuming December 26.
However, the Championship will only stop until the end of the group stage of the World Cup, resuming on December 10, 2022.
The EFL has also announced that next season’s Carabao Cup will begin on August 8 with the final to be played at Wembley on Sunday February 26, 2023.
The Papa John’s Trophy will start on the week commencing August 29 and the final will take place on Sunday March 19. (BBC)