The 2022-23 European seasons start earlier than usual and end later due to the impact of the World Cup.
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The World Cup is usually held in June and July, but with the tournament being held in Qatar, it had to be moved to November and December (right in the middle of the European season) due to the heat.
Here the campaigns will start and end across the big five leagues, European club competition and a reminder of what will happen with international football too.
FA Cup winners Manchester City will play FA Cup winners Liverpool in the Community Shield at King Power Stadium in Leicester, which takes place on Saturday 30 July (starts at 5pm GMT). Wembley Stadium is not available due to the European Women’s Championship being held in England.
The season will run on the weekend from Friday 5 August to Sunday 7 August. Fans don’t have long to wait for the list of matches coming out at 9AM GMT on Thursday.
Promotion: Fulham, Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest
Negation: Burnley Watford and Norwich City
The final round of matches before the World Cup will take place on the weekend of November 12-13. And the league resumes on Monday, December 26, eight days after the World Cup final.
The World Cup’s 43-day hiatus means the season must end later than usual, on Sunday, May 28.
The Premier League teams will enter the FA Cup in the third round, which will take place at the weekend of January 7, 2023. The final will take place on Saturday, June 3.
Non-European clubs will start the second round of the Carabao Cup in the middle of the week of August 24, while the other seven clubs will enter the third round which falls in the middle of the week of November 9. 26, at Wembley Stadium.
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Spanish football will start on the weekend from Friday 12 August to Sunday 14 August, and end over the weekend from 3 to 4 June. All games will be Live on ESPN+ in the US Matches will be posted on Thursday 23 June.
Promotion: Almeria, Real Valladolid, plus Girona or Tenerife
Landed: Alaves, Granada, Levante
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The final round of matches before the World Cup will take place on the weekend of November 12-13 and will return to play on Thursday, December 29 – a 46-day break.
All other teams in the Supercopa will enter the King’s Cup in the first round, with the Supercopa quartet joining from the third round. The final will take place on April 29th.
The Super Cup will feature the finalists from the Copa del Rey, Real Betis and Valencia last season, as well as the top two teams in the league, Real Madrid and Barcelona. It will take place from January 11-15, 2023 at King Abdullah Sports City, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The new campaign will kick off the weekend of August 13, and run through Sunday, June 4. Matches will be posted on Friday, June 24.
Promotion: Lecce, Cremonese, Monza
Landings: Cagliari, Genoa, Venezia
The final round of matches before the World Cup will take place on the weekend of November 12-13. The league will resume on Wednesday, January 4th – that’s a 52-day break.
The 12 lowest-ranked teams from Serie A, along with Serie A clubs and four from Serie A, will take part in the first phase of the Coppa Italia in August. The top eight clubs in Serie A will join the Round of 16 scheduled to take place in January.
Lega Serie A also confirmed that it plans to hold an Italian club championship in the United States in November and December during the World Cup break. No further details were disclosed.
Milan (champions) will face Inter Milan (coppa Italia winners) in the Supercoppa Italiana. It is expected to take place in Saudi Arabia in January, although this has not been confirmed.
DFB Championship winner RB Leipzig hosts champion Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup on Saturday, July 30.
The first round of the German Football League, which will feature all 18 clubs in the Bundesliga, before the start of the German Bundesliga, will take place from July 29 to August 1. Bayern and Leipzig will play the first round matches of the German Football League on August 30 and 31. The final at the Olympics will be held in Berlin on June 3.
Football matches in the first division in Germany will resume on Friday, August 5, and end on May 27. Matches are released on Friday.
Promotion: Schalke 04, Werder Bremen
Landed: Armenia Bielefeld, Grather Forth
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The final round of matches before the World Cup will take place on the weekend of November 12-13. The league won’t resume until Friday, January 20th – that’s a massive 68-day break, over two months.
The Champions League champions Paris Saint-Germain will face cup champions Nantes at Bloomfield Stadium, in Tel Aviv, Israel on Sunday, July 31.
The kick-off for Ligue 1 is set for the weekend of August 6 and 7, which runs until June 4. Matches will be released on Friday, June 17th.
Promotion: Ajaccio, Auxerre, Toulouse
Landed: Bordeaux, Metz, Saint-Etienne
The final round of matches before the World Cup will take place on the weekend of November 12-13 and will return to the stadiums on Wednesday, December 28 – a 45-day closure.
Four teams will be relegated this season as the First Division was reduced from 20 teams to 18 teams for the 2023-24 campaign.
Ligue 1 teams enter the Coupe de France from Round 9, which will play out the weekend of January 7. The final will take place on Saturday, April 29th.
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The draw for the final round of qualifiers across the Champions League, Europa League and Europa League will take place on Monday 1 August.
This is followed by the Champions League group stage draw on Thursday 25 August, with the other two competitions tied on Friday, 26 August. Group matches in all competitions will begin midweek from September 6-7, a week earlier than usual.
The World Cup means that the group stage in all three tournaments will end a month earlier as usual.
First round: September 6-8
Second round: September 13-15
Third round: 4-6 October
Fourth round: October 11-13
Fifth round: October 25-27
6 Round: 1-3 November
Wednesday, May 31: European League – Budapest, Hungary
Wednesday 7 June: Europa Conference League Prague, Czech Republic
Saturday 10 June: Champions League – Istanbul, Turkey
The European Super Cup will see Real Madrid meet Eintracht Frankfurt at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Iceland on Wednesday, August 10.
Real Madrid is also set to participate in the FIFA Club World Cup. There is no confirmation yet on when that will happen, or whether it will introduce the new expanded 24-team format that has been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The remaining two rounds of the Nations League will be played in late September, with the finals scheduled for June 2023. Non-European teams will play World Cup warm-up matches on the same dates. This is the only international break before the World Cup. There are no matches in October as there are in the regular season.
The World Cup finals kicks off in Qatar on November 21, and the final kicks off on December 18.
Qualifiers for Euro 2024, to be held in Germany, begin in March 2023, and run until November. The draw for the qualifications will be held on October 9 at the Festhalle stadium in Frankfurt.