The English Premier League has agreed to a winter break next season to avoid clashes with the Qatar World Cup. So, among other football news, next year, Premier League will go on a winter break for the 2022 World Cup.
The tournament in 2022 is the first of its kind that will be playing in the winter. It will be beginning on November 21 and will conclude on December 18.
Among the many controversies surrounding the World Cup is how it will affect the domestic football calendar across Europe. European football allows summer breaks for such international duty, but there usually aren’t any winter breaks for such a competition.
But now, according to Sky Sports, we finally have some clarity on the situation in England.
Premier League Will Go on a Winter Break for the 2022 World Cup
The 2022/23 Premier League season will now prepare to end after the weekend of November 12th.
This will give players just over a week to prepare with their national teams before the World Cup begins.
After this significant winter break, the campaign will then resume on Boxing Day, that is, December 26th, 2022.
This means that any EPL players whose teams become finalists will have only eight days before they must play again.
All 20 Premier League clubs, during a meeting of executives from all 20 clubs, made this decision on Wednesday.
In a post-match interview, however, Aston Villa chairman Christian Purslow slammed this winter World Cup being halfway through club season.
“Next season when we play in an equally crazy idea, which is a winter World Cup, we won’t see any Premier League football at the peak of our season between November and December, which is something that people are going to have to get used to.
“These are decisions that get taken a long time ago. They bite, quite soon. Next season we’ll all see that.
“I always have concerns about player welfare but I have more concerns for our fans missing Premier League football in the winter for five weeks, which is our great national tradition and our great national heritage.”