Championship season starts with Huddersfield vs Burnley on Friday July 29; Norwich travel to Cardiff on Saturday July 30 and Watford host Sheffield United on Monday August 1; matches pause between November 12 and December 10 for World Cup; Season concludes on Saturday May 6 2023
Tuesday 19 July 2022 12:29, UK
The 2022/23 Sky Bet Championship season will get under way on Friday July 29, when play-off finalists Huddersfield host relegated Burnley at the John Smith's Stadium, live on Sky Sports.
The following day, Norwich begin life back in the second tier with a trip to Cardiff, while newly-promoted Rotherham and Wigan start with home ties against Swansea and Preston respectively. On Sunday July 31, Sunderland host Coventry and on Monday August 1, Watford face Sheffield United at Vicarage Road.
The Championship will continue until matchday 21 on November 12 - by which point teams will have played six midweek rounds of fixtures - when the competition will pause for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
But while the Premier League will not resume again until Boxing Day, it will get back up and running just under a month later on Saturday December 10 with a full round of fixtures, which includes the Lancashire derby between Blackburn at Preston at Ewood Park.
There will be three further matchdays before the end of 2022, with matches to be played on New Year's Day, too. Three of the remaining 20 rounds of fixtures will be played in midweek.
The regular season comes to a close on Saturday May 6, with each match kicking off simultaneously at 3pm, and the play-off semi-finals will follow, though dates will be finalised for those fixtures closer to the time. The play-off final is set to take place at Wembley Stadium on Monday May 29 2023.
Here's the first round of fixtures for the 2022/23 EFL season:
Friday July 29
Huddersfield Town vs Burnley, 8pm - Live on Sky Sports
Saturday July 30
Blackburn Rovers vs Queens Park Rangers, 3pm
Blackpool vs Reading, 3pm
Cardiff City vs Norwich City, 3pm
Hull City vs Bristol City, 3pm
Luton Town vs Birmingham City, 3pm
Millwall vs Stoke City, 3pm
Rotherham United vs Swansea City, 3pm
Wigan Athletic vs Preston North End, 3pm
Middlesbrough vs West Bromwich Albion, 5.30pm - Live on Sky Sports
Sunday July 31
Sunderland vs Coventry City, 12pm - Live on Sky Sports
Monday August 1
Watford vs Sheffield United, 8pm - Live on Sky Sports
Friday July 29 - Huddersfield Town vs Burnley, 8pm
Saturday July 30 - Middlesbrough vs West Bromwich Albion, 5.30pm
Sunday July 31 - Sunderland vs Coventry City, 12pm
Monday August 1 - Watford vs Sheffield United, 8pm
Bristol City vs West Bromwich Albion
Burnley vs Birmingham City
Cardiff City vs QPR
Hull City vs Blackpool
Luton Town vs Norwich City
Middlesbrough vs Wigan Athletic
Preston North End vs Huddersfield Town
Reading vs Swansea City
Rotherham United vs Stoke City
Sheffield United vs Coventry City
Sunderland vs Blackburn Rovers
Watford vs Millwall
Here's the final round of fixtures for the 2022/23 EFL season:
Saturday May 6
Birmingham City vs Sheffield United, 3pm
Burnley vs Cardiff City, 3pm
Huddersfield Town vs Reading, 3pm
Luton Town vs Hull City, 3pm
Middlesbrough vs Coventry City, 3pm
Millwall vs Blackburn Rovers, 3pm
Norwich City vs Blackpool, 3pm
Preston North End vs Sunderland, 3pm
Queens Park Rangers vs Bristol City, 3pm
Swansea City vs West Bromwich Albion, 3pm
Watford vs Stoke City, 3pm
Wigan Athletic vs Rotherham United, 3pm
The Championship, League One and League Two seasons will begin on the weekend of July 30. This is one week earlier than the 2021/22 campaign started, and means teams will have a 12-week break between the seasons.
However, the Championship will take a break in the middle of the season to accommodate a winter World Cup for the first time. As a result, the fixtures taking over the weekend of November 12/13 will be the final ones before players are called up by their countries for the tournament travel to Qatar.
The Championship will then resume on Saturday December 10, eight days before the World Cup final, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday December 18.
League One and League Two will continue as planned throughout the tournament, though fixtures may be postponed depending on player involvement in the World Cup.
The FA Cup first round proper begins on the weekend of Saturday November 5, with the second round three weeks later and third round on the weekend of Saturday January 7. The final will be held at Wembley Stadium on Saturday June 3.
The Carabao Cup begins during the week commencing August 10, with round two a fortnight later and round three during the week commencing November 9. The final will also be held at Wembley on Sunday February 26.
The Papa John's Trophy begins with the first group games on the week commencing August 31. The quarter-finals take place week commencing January 11, the semi-finals during the week commencing February 1 and the final will also be held at Wembley on Sunday March 19 2023.