Qatar 2022: How will soccer squeeze in a World Cup in November-December?

Initially scheduled for a standard summertime kick-off, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has been shifted to the autumn.

The explanation behind the transfer is because of temperatures within the Center Jap nation, which soar to a mean every day excessive of over 41 levels Celsius (106F) in July. Clearly, that form of warmth could be harmful to gamers and followers alike, so FIFA took the unprecedented choice to begin the event in mid-November, when every day highs are a way more manageable 26C (79F).

Nonetheless, the shift could have a knock-on impact for the remainder of the footballing world, particularly home membership leagues which can be required to cease play a minimum of one week previous to the opening match in Qatar. With many main European fixtures commonly falling throughout the interval now earmarked for the World Cup, some compromises needed to be made. 

This is how most of the greatest leagues on the planet have been affected by Qatar 2022’s distinctive schedule:

UEFA Champions League

Even the biggest membership competitors on the planet can’t escape the results of Qatar 2022.

The group stage, which usually runs into December, will now be a two-month dash beginning Sept. 6 and ending Nov. 2. Which means all six matchdays will probably be accomplished inside a nine-week span, trimming the schedule by three weeks in comparison with the earlier season.

The UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Convention League will observe the same, break-neck schedule for his or her respective group levels.

Premier League

England’s prime flight kicks off every week sooner than the earlier yr and can institute a midseason break following matches on Nov. 12. Video games resume on Boxing Day (Dec. 26), a historically essential day for soccer in England.

La Liga

In Spain, the league will institute an extended break than its English counterpart, with Matchday 14 happening on Nov. 8. Matchday 15, the primary after the World Cup, kicks off Dec. 30.

Serie A

Launching eight days sooner than the prior marketing campaign, the 2022-23 Serie A season will squeeze 15 matchdays in earlier than pausing for the World Cup at the tip of the Nov. 13 fixtures. The league will resume Jan. 4, 2023.


The longest of the midseason breaks among the many main European leagues belongs to the Bundesliga. That is nothing new because the German prime flight normally pauses for a number of weeks throughout the peak of winter, however this yr’s break will final a whopping 10 weeks because the Bundesliga will maintain its last matches of 2022 on Nov. 12 earlier than resuming play on Jan. 21, 2023.

Like different leagues, the Bundesliga kicks off every week earlier this season.

Different leagues

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A

Brazil’s home prime flight is historically scheduled to begin and end inside the identical calendar yr, and 2022 is not any totally different in that regard. Nonetheless, the league kicked off six weeks earlier this yr and will probably be utterly completed by Nov. 13.

Argentine Primera División

Much like Brazil in that your entire league fixture checklist is contained inside a single calendar yr (a comparatively new improvement), Argentina’s prime division ends Oct. 23 — practically two months sooner than the 2021 version.

Liga MX

The Apertura portion of the Mexican season started July 1, which was three weeks sooner than the earlier yr. As such, the playoffs (a.okay.a. the Liguilla) will kick off a lot earlier, in an effort to end by FIFA’s Nov. 13 deadline.


The North American circuit kicked off Feb. 26, which is roughly according to when it normally begins. Nonetheless, the common season is ready to be wrapped up by Oct. 9, the earliest it has resulted in years. MLS Cup will probably be performed Nov. 5.

J1 League

Japan’s prime flight kicked off one week sooner than 2021 and can wrap up by Nov. 5, practically a full month sooner than the earlier yr.


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