English Football League (EFL) have confirmed the schedule for 2022-23 season which will be disrupted mid-campaign to make way for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Teams in Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two will commence their new season on the weekend of 29 July – 1 August 2022, marking a slightly earlier start than in normal seasons with Premier League following suit a week later from 5-8 August.
EFL have also confirmed that League One and League Two will continue full fixture programmes throughout the World Cup, with international calls postponement criteria applied throughout where necessary if various clubs have several players called up for the World Cup.
The Championship however will conclude their first half of the campaign with matchweek 16 across weekend of 11-13 November, ahead of the call-up period for the World Cup which begins on Monday 14 November with the main tournament starting a week later on 21 November.
Championship fixtures will resume across 9-11 December but the international calls postponement criteria will be applied if individual clubs are missing various players who are participating in Quarter Finals followed possibly by Semi Finals and Final if appropriate.
Championship, League One and League Two clubs will conclude their campaigns across the weekend of 6-7 May 2023, with Play-Off Finals scheduled for 27-29 May 2023.
2022-23 Carabao Cup will kick-off between 9-10 August 2022 with the Final at Wembley Stadium set for Sunday 26 February 2023, with the Fourth Round across 20-21 December marking the return of domestic action for Premier League teams left in the competition.
EFL Trophy involving League One and League Two clubs plus invited Under-23 teams in Premier League and Championship will start across midweek of 30-31 August and conclude with the Final on Sunday 19 March 2023.