The Premier League has launched a plan to change the schedule of the 2021/20 season to match the 2022 World Cup finals held in Qatar.
The World Cup is the largest soccer tournament on the planet held every four years. World Cups in history all take place in the summer, after the end of the world leagues. However, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will first take place in the winter due to the Arab nation’s summer climate, which is scheduled to open on November 21 and close on December 18.
This certainly caused the leagues in the world, including the Premier League, to be interrupted and affected quite a lot in arranging the schedule. Therefore, the organizers of the highest league in the country have started planning to prepare for the 2021/22 season schedule to match the schedule of the 2022 World Cup.
Officials drafted proposals including matches in the Premier League and the Championship (English Premier League) until November 12, that means just 9 days before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar opened on November 21.
Another suggestion is that Boxing Day matches will return eight days after the 2022 World Cup final (December 18) to minimize disruptions. That means the Winter break that first appeared this season will be canceled in the 2021/22 season and will return in the following season. To allow the extra time needed, the top two leagues in England will start 1 week early and end 1 week later.
In the event that this proposal is adopted, it may affect clubs in the Premier League. The national teams in the 2022 World Cup will want their players to return to the front of the tournament before the Premier League can take place without international stars.
Clubs have been aware of these proposals and are said to have received positive feedback. Plans will be discussed at the shareholder meeting next month. Meanwhile, the European Football Association (UEFA) said the Champions League and Europa League schedule for the 2021/22 season will not be released until 2021.