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FIFA winter World Cup probe

FIFA edged closer to holding the 2022 Qatar World Cup in the winter after it agreed to set up a commission to look into moving the tournament. However, no decision will be made until after next year's World Cup in Brazil.

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How would a winter World Cup change the season?

As FIFA chiefs in Zurich today ponder moving the Qatar 2022 World Cup from summer to winter, The Times (£) has devised a potential calendar for the 2022/23 English football season.

The paper suggests the Premier League campaign could start in June, almost two months earlier than normal, with the FA Cup final taking place nearly a year later.

How the 2022/23 football season could look:

  • Sat, 23 Jun: Premier League season starts
  • Tue, 9 Aug: Champions League group stages begin
  • Wed, 2 Nov: Champions League groups finish
  • Nov 17 - Dec 18: World Cup
  • Mon, 26 Dec: Premier League resumes
  • Sat, 28 May: Champions League final
  • Sun, 11 June: Premier League finishes
  • Sat, 17 June: FA Cup final

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