Premier League chiefs to make key change to 2022-23 season to accommodate Qatar World Cup

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Premier League chiefs are planning to bring forward the start date of the 2022-23 season one week due to the Qatar World Cup.

They also anticipate finishing one week later than usual, meaning the campaign may begin in early August and finish in late May.

The 2022 edition of the World Cup is being hosted in the winter as the stifling heat in Qatar would have made it impossible to play the tournament during summer, as is the norm.

The unprecedented move handed a major a headache to Premier League schedulers, but they have come up with a solution to work around the World Cup.

The Premier League will make key adjustments to its schedule to accommodate the World Cup
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As reported by BBC Sport , the domestic 2022-23 season will be begin one week earlier and finish one week later, while more midweek fixtures are expected so the campaign is completed on time.

There were more midweek fixtures than usual throughout the 2020-21 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, with a lengthy suspension the previous campaign having a knock-on effect.

While the upcoming season is expected to have a more traditional format, the 2022 World Cup will lead to one of the most unique seasons in top-flight English football.

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FIFA has outlined players should leave their clubs to link up with their national teams on 14 November 2022.

Updates on the 2022 World Cup have been scarce in recent months, but FIFA president Gianni Infantino travelled to Qatar late last year to survey the tournament's settings.

"I am very pleased with Qatar’s progress ahead of the tournament," said Infantino in October. "We have seen the plans, but when you see the reality, it is even more impressive.

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"Qatar has been able to continue to advance during the last six months while the world stood still – from infrastructure preparations to important developments such as the recent labour reforms announced by the government. If I was confident before, now I can say I am even more.

"In 2022, everything will be close by and fans from all nationalities will have the opportunity to gather in the same public areas and enjoy Qatar’s mild temperatures at this time of the year. It’s a World Cup like no other was or ever will be."

Turning his attention to the newly-built, 60,000-seater Al Bayt Stadium, Infantino added: "It is an absolute pleasure to play football at this amazing stadium, where on 21 November 2022, we will kick off the greatest FIFA World Cup ever.

"Al Bayt Stadium is incredible: a true football stadium. It has a real football feel and a local touch. The tented shape makes it truly unique, and the Arabic patterns in the roof are just beautiful. I am speechless."

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