The SPFL have announced the key dates for next season as the 2022 World Cup in Qatar forces a rejig to the season and sees the Premiership shutdown for five weeks between November 12/13 and December 17/18.

With clubs in the top-flight out of action for five weeks just before Christmas, there will be no January winter break at the beginning of 2023 for teams to prepare for the second-half of the campaign.

All four divisions will get underway on the final two days of July with the group stage of the Premier Sports Cup taking place from July 9 to July 24.

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The World Cup also pushes the final weeks of the Premiership season back by two weeks compared to the current campaign with the final round of fixtures taking place on May 27/28.

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Teams in the Championship, League One and League Two will see their season end on the weekend weekend of May 5/6 ahead of the playoffs getting kicking off.

The winter World Cup has also forced the SPFL to move the final two rounds of the League Cup into the new year with the semi-finals on January 14/15 and the final taking place at Hampden on February 26.

Key dates for the 2022/23 SPFL season:

CINCH PREMIERSHIP

Fixture round 1
Weekend of July 30/31, 2022

Fixture round 16
Weekend of November 12/13, 2022

Fixture round 17
Weekend of December 17/18, 2022

Fixture round 33
Weekend of April 22/23, 2023

Fixture round 38
Weekend of May 27/28, 2023

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Thursday June 1 & Sunday June 4, 2023

CINCH CHAMPIONSHIP

Fixture round 1
Weekend of July 30/31, 2022

Fixture round 36
Friday May 5, 2023

CINCH LEAGUE 1 & CINCH LEAGUE 2

Fixture round 1
Weekend of July 30/31, 2022

Fixture round 36
Saturday May 6, 2023

PREMIER SPORTS CUP

Group stage
MD1: Weekend of July 9/10, 2022
MD2: Midweek of July 12/13, 2022
MD3: Weekend of July 16/17, 2022
MD4: Midweek of July 19/20, 2022
MD5: Weekend of July 23/24, 2022

Second round
Midweek of August 30/31, 2022

Quarter-finals
Midweek of October 18-20, 2022

Semi-finals
Weekend of January 14/15, 2023

Final
Sunday February 26, 2023

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