The Premier League has agreed to start the next season after the weekend of Sept.
The players have a week of preparation with their national teams before heading to the Middle East tournament, and only eight days to recover in time for the league to resume should they reach the final on December 18.
Executives from all 20 Premier League clubs were in London for a scheduled meeting on Wednesday, and the program for 2022/23 was finalized in around four hours of discussion, including a number of other topics.
Aston Villa boss Christian Purslow called the idea of a Winter World Cup “crazy” and expects the break to bite clubs and fans in England early next year.
He said: “If we play in an equally crazy idea next season, a Winter World Cup, we won’t see Premier League football between November and December at the height of our season, which is what people will see.” have to get used to.
“These are decisions that were made a long time ago. They’re going to bite pretty soon. We’ll all see that next season.
“I always have concerns about the well-being of the players, but I have more concerns that our fans are missing out on Premier League football for five weeks over the winter, which is our great national tradition and heritage.”
The Premier League will also start a week earlier for next season – expected August 6 – and end later in May than usual, with the FA Cup final being postponed to June.
The Premier League meeting also discussed Covid-19 protocols following the government’s winter plan outlined earlier this month, including “Plan B” which could include the need for Covid passports.
Clubs will continue to apply their own guidelines regarding random checks of fans in stadiums for vaccination status or negative results from lateral flow tests, and will encourage staff and players to be vaccinated.
A Premier League “charter” to halt future plans for a breakaway European Super League has also been discussed, but the nine-point plan is far from being agreed. However, a source within the meeting told Sky Sports News that they don’t need a sheet of paper to ensure this doesn’t happen in the future. Public opinion has already done this.