Championship 2022/23 fixtures, dates and schedule: Norwich City start with Cardiff trip | Football News

The 2022/23 Sky Bet Championship season kicks off on Friday July 29, when play-off runners-up host Huddersfield relegate Burnley to the John Smith Stadium, live on Sky Sports.

The following day, Norwich start life anew in the second tier with a trip to Cardiff, while newly-promoted Rotherham and Wigan begin with home games against Swansea and Preston respectively. On Sunday July 31, Sunderland host Coventry and on Monday August 1 Watford take on Sheffield United at Vicarage Road.

The Championship will continue until Matchday 21 on November 12 – by which time teams will have played six rounds of midweek fixtures – when competition comes to a halt for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

But while the Premier League won’t resume until Boxing Day, it will get going again just under a month later on Saturday December 10 with a full fixture series, which includes the Lancashire derby between Blackburn at Preston at Ewood Park.

There will be three more matchdays before the end of 2022, with matches to be played on New Year’s Day as well. Three of the remaining 20 match rounds will be played midweek.

The regular season ends on Saturday, May 6, with each match starting simultaneously at 3 p.m., and the play-off semi-finals will follow, although dates will be finalized for those matches closer to the time. The play-off final will take place at Wembley Stadium on Monday 29 May 2023.

The opening matches of the weekend

Here is the first round of fixtures for the 2022/23 EFL season:

friday july 29

Huddersfield Town v Burnley, 8pm – Live on Sky Sports

Saturday July 30

Blackburn Rovers v Queens Park Rangers, 3pm
Blackpool v Reading, 3 p.m.
Cardiff City v Norwich City, 3 p.m.
Hull City v Bristol City, 3pm
Luton Town v Birmingham City, 3pm
Millwall v Stoke City, 3pm
Rotherham United v Swansea City, 3pm
Wigan Athletic v Preston North End, 3pm
Middlesbrough vs West Bromwich Albion, 5.30pm – Live on Sky Sports

Sunday July 31

Sunderland vs Coventry City, 12pm – Live on Sky Sports

monday august 1st

Watford vs Sheffield United, 8pm – Live on Sky Sports

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Friday 29 July – Huddersfield Town v Burnley, 8pm

Saturday 30 July – Middlesbrough vs West Bromwich Albion, 5.30pm

Sunday 31 July – Sunderland v Coventry City, 12pm

Monday August 1 – Watford v Sheffield United, 8pm

Boxing Day schedule

Bristol City v West Bromwich Albion
Burnley v Birmingham City
Cardiff City v QPR
Hull City v Blackpool
Luton Town v Norwich City
Middlesbrough v Wigan Athletic
Preston North End v Huddersfield Town
Reading v Swansea City
Rotherham United v Stoke City
Sheffield United v Coventry City
Sunderland v Blackburn Rovers
Watford v Millwall

The last matches of the weekend

Here is the latest fixture series for the 2022/23 EFL season:

Saturday May 6

Birmingham City v Sheffield United, 3 p.m.
Burnley v Cardiff City, 3 p.m.
Huddersfield Town v Reading, 3pm
Luton Town v Hull City, 3pm
Middlesbrough v Coventry City, 3pm
Millwall v Blackburn Rovers, 3pm
Norwich City v Blackpool, 3pm
Preston North End v Sunderland, 3pm
Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City, 3pm
Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion, 3pm
Watford v Stoke City, 3 p.m.
Wigan Athletic v Rotherham United, 3pm

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Key dates for the 2022/23 season

The Championship, League 1 and league two the seasons will begin the weekend of July 30. It’s a week earlier than the start of the 2021/22 campaign, meaning teams will have a 12-week break between seasons.

However, the Championship will take a mid-season break to host a Winter World Cup for the first time. As a result, the matches taking place on the weekend of 12/13 November will be the last before players are called up by their countries for the tournament trip to Qatar.

The Championship will then resume on Saturday December 10, eight days before the World Cup final, which is due to take place on Sunday December 18.

Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 will continue as scheduled throughout the tournament, although fixtures may be postponed depending on players’ involvement in the World Cup.

The FA Cup the first round proper begins on the weekend of Saturday November 5, the second round three weeks later and the third round on the weekend of Saturday January 7. The final will take place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 3 June.

The Carabao Cup begins during the week of August 10, with the second round a fortnight later and the third round during the week of November 9. The final will also take place at Wembley on Sunday 26 February.

The Papa John Trophy begins with the first group matches of the week of August 31. The quarter-finals take place the week of January 11, the semi-finals the week of February 1 and the final will also be held at Wembley on Sunday March 19, 2023.

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