The Scottish Premiership is set to go into hibernation for a month across November and December 2022 to accommodate the World Cup finals in Qatar, according to a report.
According to the BBC, games will be halted between November 13 and December 17 – the day after the World Cup final – with 16 rounds of fixtures completed before the break, although the plans have yet to be formally approved by the Scottish FA, SPFL or the clubs themselves.
If they are given the go-ahead, Premiership clubs would see them having to cram in five matches in a hectic 15 days between 24 December and 7 January, including fixtures on Christmas Eve and Hogmanay.
The league campaign won’t kick-off any earlier than usual with next season scheduled to get underway on July 30th but the final round of games would take place until 27/28 May 2023 and the Scottish Cup final taking place a week later – the League Cup final taking place 26 February, with the semi-finals scheduled for early January as the usual winter break at the start of the year is scrapped.
Scotland still looking to secure World Cup 2022 spot
Championship, League One and League Two sides won’t be affected by the plans during the World Cup itself but whoever makes it to the Premiership playoff final could find themselves slightly hamstrung by the dates for the playoffs being moved to early June – long after the Championship season will have concluded.
World Cup 2022 takes place in Qatar from November 21 to December 18 and Scotland are hoping to book their place with wins over Israel and the Faroe Islands over the next week as Steve Clarke and his players try to build on their success in qualifying for Euro 2020.
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