Ahead of the much-anticipated release of the 2022/2023 Premier League fixtures at 9am on Thursday June 16th, organizers are expected to announce one less match during the festive period for the season.
The Premier League is reportedly set to announce they will scrap the traditional Christmas calendar fixtures between Boxing Day and the New Year following the conclusion FIFA World Cup.
A staple mark of the top-flight season, fixtures held on December 28th have been scrapped to avoid players being rundown after a hectic schedule of international football. For the first time in Premier League history, there will be a six-week gap in the fixture list during November and December to accommodate the Qatari World Cup.
According to The Telegraph, when the fixtures are released on Thursday morning (June 16th) there is expected to be one less Christmas game than usual.
The report states the festive calendar will only include matches on Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve, and January 2nd with no games to be held on December 28th.
The change has been brought forward to due concerns over player burnout as the Boxing Day clashes occur just eight days after the final in Doha.
The EFL are also anticipated to announce similar changes to the Christmas pile-up. The season calendar for the Championship, League One and League Two is not released until next week but there will also be reduced festive action across the lower leagues.
The EFL will announce just three fixtures during Boxing Day and New Year with matches held on December 26th, December 29th and January 1st while FA Cup fixtures will be across the weekend of January 7th.