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When does the Premier League restart after the World Cup?

5 Dec 2022
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Premier League fixtures will resume with Matchweek 17 on 26th December

As the Premier League prepares for its return following the events of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, here is all the key information ahead of the matchweek 17 fixtures. 

When does it restart?

Premier League football will resume on Monday 26 December with the traditional Boxing Day fixtures as Brentford host Tottenham Hotspur. All 20 teams will be back in action between 26-28 December.

Matchweek 17 fixtures

Monday 26 December
12:30 Brentford v Spurs
Crystal Palace v Fulham
Everton v Wolves
Leicester v Newcastle
Southampton v Brighton
17:30 Aston Villa v Liverpool
20:00 Arsenal v West Ham

Tuesday 27 December
17:30 Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth
20:00 Man Utd v Nott'm Forest

Wednesday 28 December 
20:00 Leeds v Man City

Why has the Premier League paused?

The 2022/23 Premier League season was paused from 13 November 2022 because of the FIFA World Cup 2022 taking place in Qatar between 20 November and 18 December.

As a result of this five-week break the 2022/23 Premier League season will end later than usual, with the last round of fixtures taking place on Sunday 28 May.

The Premier League fixtures schedule will differ from past seasons as a result of the World Cup in that there will also be no mid-season player break in the 2022/23 campaign.

Mid-season friendlies

After giving their players not in the World Cup a break, clubs are preparing for the return of Premier League action by playing friendly matches in the UK and abroad as well as taking part in warm-weather training camps.

See: Premier League friendlies during FIFA World Cup 2022

What the break means for Fantasy Premier League

In this unique season, Fantasy Premier League managers have been given a unique opportunity to reset their squads during the World Cup.

FPL managers are able to make unlimited free transfers between the Gameweek 16 deadline of 12 November and the Gameweek 17 deadline of 26 December 11:00 GMT.

See: All you need to know about unlimited transfers

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