The 2022/23 season of the Ligue 1 will be suspended only eight days before the start of the World Cup in Qatar in November, with domestic activity resumed only ten days after the final. The French League confirmed the football news on their website. The World Cup is being staged in the northern hemisphere winter for the first time because of the scorching temperatures that the Gulf state faces in the summer, which regularly exceed 40 degrees Celsius. It falls in the middle of the European club season as a result.
It also has the potential to throw off the end of domestic leagues such as the MLS or the Brasileiro, which usually end in December. On November 12 and 13, 2022, the final two Ligue 1 football matches before the World Cup will be played, with the first two games of the finals on November 21. By the 24th of November, every competing country will have played at least once.
It allows players to transition from their club teams to international teams in the shortest amount of time possible. That gap would normally be at least two weeks and often up to four or even five weeks in a normal World Cup calendar depending on when particular domestic league seasons end.
With Ligue 1 action resuming on December 28, a little over ten weeks later the 2022 World Cup final will be held on December 18. The French league is unlikely to be alone in its World Cup schedule. Ligue 1 has also reminded fans that with 20 clubs, the 2022/23 season will be the shortest in the league’s history.
Four teams will be relegated, at the end of that season, with only two promoted from Ligue 2 in order to limit the division’s size to only 18. Until 2002, when it was renamed Ligue 1 from Division 1, it was an 18-team competition. From 2023, it will resemble the Bundesliga once again, with each club playing only 34 games in a regular-season rather than the 38 that a 20-team league requires.