The Champions League will adjust the schedule for the World Cup
8/3/2021 9:31:53 AM
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be the first in history to be held in winter, and it will also force clubs from various countries to adjust their schedules.
Recently, the "World Sports Daily" revealed the UEFA Champions League's adjusted schedule for the World Cup. The first round of the UEFA Champions League group stage will be advanced to early September, and then the top 16 of the UEFA Champions League will be decided before the start of the World Cup in November 2022.
It is reported that the Qatar World Cup will kick off on November 21, 2022, and the final will be held in Doha on December 18, 2022. To this end, UEFA decided to advance the opening time of the Champions League appropriately and postpone its end date. Currently, the first round of the Champions League group stage is expected to start on September 6th and 7th, 2022, and the second round is scheduled for September 13th and 14th.
However, starting from the third round of the group stage, the Champions League schedule will enter the most intense period. The third round is on October 4 and 5, the fourth round is on October 11 and 12, the fifth round is on October 25 and 26, and the sixth round is on November 1 and 2. In other words, the Champions League will determine the top 16 teams in the aforementioned six weeks.
After the 2022 World Cup ends, just before Christmas, club competitions in European countries will resume competition. The round of 16 of the Champions League will start at the usual time: the first round will be on February 14th and 15th, 21st and 22nd, 2023; the second round will be on March 7th and 8th, 14th and 15th.
However, in order to make way for the midweek time to the national leagues, in the Champions League quarterfinals, the start time will be postponed to April 11th and 12th, and April 18th and 19th. Then, the UEFA Champions League semi-finals will be held on May 9th and 10th, and May 16th and 17th.
Finally, the time for the Champions League final is June 10, 2023, at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul.