The 2022/23 EFL season is now just over a month away, and the anticipation is building already after the fixtures were released.

The Championship season will get underway a week earlier than last campaign in order to accommodate a first ever winter World Cup.

Kompany’s Burnley will be involved on the first game of the new season

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Kompany’s Burnley will be involved on the first game of the new season

And that’ll mean a rapid turnaround for the likes of Burnley, Watford and Norwich as they deal with the fallout from Premier League relegation.

But when will the EFL season actually start? talkSPORT.com has all the details…

When will the Championship start?

England’s second division will start on Friday, July 29 with Vincent Kompany’s first game in charge of Burnley away at Huddersfield.

The following day, Norwich face a trip to Cardiff, while newly-promoted Sunderland host Coventry on the Sunday.

All League One and League Two fixtures will begin on Saturday, July 30, with Wayne Rooney’s Derby enjoying an opening home game.

Sunderland have finally shaken off their League One shackles

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Sunderland have finally shaken off their League One shackles

Will the EFL take a break for the World Cup?

The Championship will be paused for almost a month like the Premier League during the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

It will continue until matchday 21 on Saturday, November 12 and be restarted on Saturday, December 10 with a full round of fixtures.

However, games in League One and League Two will continue when the tournament takes place between November 21 and December 18.

Despite this, all three divisions are set to conclude on Saturday May 6 2023, with the full play-off dates not yet confirmed.

Full list of Championship teams for 2022/23

  • Birmingham City
  • Blackburn Rovers
  • Blackpool
  • Bristol City
  • Burnley
  • Cardiff City
  • Coventry City
  • Huddersfield Town
  • Hull City
  • Luton Town
  • Middlesbrough
  • Millwall
  • Norwich City
  • Preston North End
  • Queens Park Rangers
  • Reading
  • Rotherham United
  • Sheffield United
  • Stoke City
  • Sunderland
  • Swansea City
  • Watford
  • West Bromwich Albion
  • Wigan Athletic

Watford and Burnley are both back in the Championship

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Watford and Burnley are both back in the Championship

Championship opening fixtures

  • 29/7/2022 20:00 Huddersfield Town vs Burnley
  • 30/7/2022 15:00 Blackburn Rovers vs Queens Park Rangers
  • 30/7/2022 15:00 Blackpool vs Reading
  • 30/7/2022 15:00 Cardiff City vs Norwich City
  • 30/7/2022 15:00 Hull City vs Bristol City
  • 30/7/2022 15:00 Luton Town vs Birmingham City
  • 30/7/2022 15:00 Millwall vs Stoke City
  • 30/7/2022 15:00 Rotherham United vs Swansea City
  • 30/7/2022 15:00 Wigan Athletic vs Preston North End
  • 30/7/2022 17:30 Middlesbrough vs West Bromwich Albion
  • 31/7/2022 12:00 Sunderland vs Coventry City
  • 01/8/2022 20:00 Watford vs Sheffield United

talkSPORT LIVE – Don’t miss Brazil and Parlour!

Alan Brazil and Ray Parlour have been wooing audiences up and down the country this year with their hilarious double act, live on stage.

This is your last chance to get tickets for the final two shows of the tour, in Newcastle and Nottingham.

Both have lived life to the full both in their playing days and subsequently on and after their talkSPORT radio show!

Hear from both legends as they recount tales from the dressing room, from the studio, from their playing days, travels on international duty… and of course Cheltenham!

The shows will be hosted by talkSPORT’s Shebahn Aherne.

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