How are Premier League matches decided? What’s the plan for the 2022/23 reveal?
The final day of the 2021/22 Premier League season ended an exciting campaign, but plans for the new season are already underway this month.
The 2022/23 Premier League season kicks off on August 6, 11 weeks after the last game of 2021/22, as fans and players prepare to start all over again.
With pre-season yet to really kick off, due to the ongoing international break, Premier League fans are surviving on transfer rumors and speculation about the new campaign.
The first step on the road to 2022/23 comes this week with the fixture schedule for the upcoming season to be announced by the Premier League.
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When will the 2022/23 Premier League fixtures be revealed?
Although it doesn’t involve any football, the Premier League game‘s release date is on the diary as fans look to plan for the upcoming season.
Premier League chiefs have confirmed that all matches for the 2022/23 season will be announced from 9am BST (4am ET) on Thursday June 16.
However, the schedule is subject to change due to broadcast agreements with national and international partners, with August’s televised matches (UK) due to be confirmed in early July.
When will the 2022/23 Premier League start and end?
The 2022/23 Premier League season is due to start on Saturday August 6, 2022, but that could change.
The 2021/22 campaign began with a draw on Friday night, a day before its previously scheduled start, as Premier League new boys Brentford beat Arsenal 2-0.
This could be an option for the coming season with a decision expected after talks between the Premier League and broadcasters.
The end date for the 2022/23 season is already confirmed, with rules stating that all 10 final day matches must start at the same time, Sunday May 28, 2023.
How are Premier League matches decided?
Despite fan excitement around the infamous “fixture computer” which has surprises in store every season, the Premier League calendar is less mystical.
In scheduling plans, the Premier League must consider a host of variables before releasing the final list.
Prior to the allocation of Premier League matches, planners seize all FIFA/international windows, European club competitions and FA Cup/EFL Cup fixtures, with the remaining slots reserved for Premier League action.
Matches are then separated in “sequencing” with five match weeks constructed at a time.
In each five-game block, teams get three home and two away games, with the process reversed for the second set.
Each club is placed in a “pairing grid”, which confirms each home game, with matches then randomly shuffled to finalize the details of each game.
This system prevents teams from playing successive home or away games at the start or end of the season to avoid an unfair disadvantage.
Rules surrounding the broadcast prevent an exact reproduction of games from the second half of the season, with match weeks 1-19 not being reflected in the new year.
What expectations are applied to the Premier League fixture list?
In addition to the rules to avoid the “clustering” of games at each end of the campaign, there are also requirements on certain dates.
Premier League restrictions on festive fixtures mean a team cannot play home or away on their outings on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
There are also safety and scheduling criteria for matches involving clubs from the same city, Liverpool/Everton or Manchester City/Manchester United having to alternate between home fixtures, to avoid a home ‘double-up’ in one day.
As the second half of the campaign is subject to change, depending on broadcast and European/domestic cup requirements, clubs are involved in the planning process in the final stage of the season alongside other relevant bodies .
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