The new Premier League season is upon us with 38 rounds of chaotic drama set to light up the nation between August and May.


However, if you thought the 2022/23 season was going to be the first truly undisrupted football schedule since before the COVID-19 pandemic, you'd be mistaken.

The 2022 World Cup will carve the domestic season in two. Standby for more football than you can possibly handle over the coming months as the international tournament forces the season to pause in November.

Before all of that, we have to see who will streak into an early season lead, who will fall short before the break, and which players will turn up their form with the World Cup looming. highlights all the key dates for the Premier League 2022/23 season and explains how the World Cup break will work in the middle of such a hectic schedule.

When does the Premier League start?

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The Premier League 2022/23 season will return on 6th August 2022, a week earlier than last year when Arsenal and Brentford kickstarted the campaign on 13th August.

Crystal Palace will host Arsenal in the curtain-raiser at Selhurst Park on the first Friday of August, with kick-off set for 8pm in south London.

Other stand-out ties in the opening round include Liverpool's trip to newly-promoted Fulham, Frank Lampard's Everton hosting his old team Chelsea, and Manchester United taking on Brighton at Old Trafford.

The last of the opening weekend's 10 fixtures will be the Sunday 4:30pm kick-off between West Ham United and champions Manchester City at the London Stadium.

How will the Premier League 2022/23 season work?

The Premier League campaign may be starting a week earlier and finishing a week later than in 2021/22 but clearly, that alone is not going to make up for a 44-day break during what is usually the busiest time of the season.

A reduced number of international breaks will help, with the weekends of the 24th and 25th September and the 25th and 26th March the only scheduled times for international football outside of the Qatar World Cup.

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There will also be games crammed into midweek slots, with Premier League clubs handed a reminder of what it is like in the EFL. Indeed, there are Tuesday and Wednesday night games scheduled in August, October, and April.

The Premier League season will still break for the third (7th and 8th September) and fourth (28th and 29th September) rounds of the FA Cup.

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When is the Premier League World Cup break?

The 2022/23 Premier League season includes a 44-day break to allow for the World Cup in Qatar, with the tournament scheduled to start on Monday 21st November 2022 and conclude with the final on Sunday 18th December 2022.

To allow players time to link up with their respective national teams, the top flight will pause on Monday 14th November (after matchday 16), and will then return, fittingly given its importance in the English football calendar, for Boxing Day fixtures on Monday 26th December 2022.

In the EFL, League One and League Two will keep playing throughout the tournament while the Championship will have a shorter break – stopping on Saturday 12th November and restarting on Saturday 10th December.

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