EFL has confirmed its dates for the 2022/23 season with the championship having a winter break to host the 2022 World Cup.
Like the Premier League, the schedule for the second division of English football will be affected by the first ever winter show in Qatar. In addition, all three EFL divisions will also start earlier than ever. the weekend of Saturday, July 30th.
Although no World Cup break for League One and League Two is planned, the current rules for recalls – where a club can postpone a match if three or more senior players are in international service – apply throughout the tournament.
For the first time ever, EFL action kicks off – in Championship, League One and League Two – on Saturday 30 July.
“The 2022 World Cup in Qatar takes place over a five-week period in November and December 2022, with the EFL schedule adapted to suit.
“Round 16 of the Championship, which will take place on Saturday 12 November, will be the last round of matches played before the call-in period for the tournament, which starts on Monday 14 November.
“The championship will resume on December 10, 2022 after the culmination of the World Cup group stage, while the matches for League One and League Two will continue as usual. The existing criteria for postponing international talks will be applied throughout, where necessary.
The Carabao Cup will kick off the week beginning August 8, with the Papa John’s Trophy starting later that month, the week beginning August 29.
“The finals of both competitions will be held at Wembley Stadium, on Sunday 26 February for the Carabao Cup and on Sunday 19 March for the Papa John’s Trophy.
“The last day of the 2022/23 season in the Championship, League One and League Two will be the weekend of Saturday, May 6, 2023.
The Sky Bet EFL play-off finals are scheduled for May 27-29, 2023.
The championship will be played first on Saturday, followed by League One action on Sunday and the League Two final on Bank Holiday Monday.
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