The 2022/23 Sky Bet Championship season begins on Friday 29 July when play-off finalists Huddersfield host relegated Burnley at the John Smith’s Stadium live on Sky Sports.
The following day, Norwich start back in the second tier with a trip to Cardiff, while newly promoted Rotherham and Wigan begin home games against Swansea and Preston respectively. Sunderland host Coventry on Sunday 31 July and Watford meet Sheffield United at Vicarage Road on Monday 1 August.
The championship will continue until Matchday 21 on November 12 – by which time the teams have played six rounds of matches during the week – when the competition is paused for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
But while the Premier League does not resume until Boxing Day, it will resume just under a month later on Saturday December 10 with a full round of play which also included the Lancashire derby between Blackburn at Preston at Ewood Park heard.
There are still three more match days to go until the end of 2022, with matches also being played on New Year’s Day. Three of the remaining 20 game rounds will be played during the week.
The regular season concludes on Saturday, May 6, with each game kicking off simultaneously at 3:00 p.m., and the play-off semi-finals to follow, although dates for those games will be set closer to the time. The play-off final will take place on Monday 29th May 2023 at Wembley Stadium.
The opening games at the weekend
Here is the first round of matches for the 2022/23 EFL season:
Friday 29th July
Huddersfield Town v Burnley, 8pm – Live on Sky Sports
Saturday July 30th
Blackburn Rovers v Queens Park Rangers, 3pm
Blackpool v Reading, 3pm
Cardiff City v Norwich City, 3pm
Hull City v Bristol City, 3pm
Luton Town v Birmingham City, 3pm
Millwall v Stoke City, 3pm
Rotherham United v Swansea City, 3pm
Wigan Athletic v Preston North End, 3pm
Middlesbrough v West Bromwich Albion, 5.30pm – Live on Sky Sports
Sunday 31 July
Sunderland v Coventry City, 12pm – Live on Sky Sports
Watford v Sheffield United, 8pm – Live on Sky Sports
Full opening of Sky Sports live games
Friday 29 July – Huddersfield Town – Burnley, 8pm
Saturday 30 July – Middlesbrough – West Bromwich Albion, 5.30pm
Sunday 31 July – Sunderland v Coventry City, 12pm
Monday 1 August – Watford – Sheffield United, 8pm
Boxing Day schedule
Bristol City vs West Bromwich Albion
Burnley versus Birmingham City
Cardiff City vs QPR
Hull City vs Blackpool
Luton Town versus Norwich City
Middlesbrough v Wigan Athletic
Preston North End v Huddersfield Town
Reading v Swansea City
Rotherham United v Stoke City
Sheffield United v Coventry City
Sunderland vs Blackburn Rovers
Watford vs Millwall
The last games of the weekend
Here is the final round of play for the 2022/23 EFL season:
Saturday May 6th
Birmingham City v Sheffield United, 3pm
Burnley v Cardiff City, 3pm
Huddersfield Town v Reading, 3pm
Luton Town v Hull City, 3pm
Middlesbrough v Coventry City, 3pm
Millwall v Blackburn Rovers, 3pm
Norwich City v Blackpool, 3pm
Preston North End v Sunderland, 3pm
Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City, 3pm
Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion, 3pm
Watford v Stoke City, 3pm
Wigan Athletic v Rotherham United, 3pm
Your club’s EFL fixture list
Birmingham City Encounters
Bristol City fixtures
Sheffield United fixtures
West Brom games
Accrington Stanley Fixtures
Bristol Rovers fixtures
Forest Green lights
MK Don’s lights
Port Vale fortifications
Sheffield Wednesday Games
AFC Wimbledon games
Leyton Orient lights
Important dates for the 2022/23 season
That championship, League One and league two Seasons begin the weekend of July 30th. This is a week before the start of the 2021/22 season and means teams have a 12-week break between seasons.
However, the championship will take a mid-season hiatus to host a Winter World Cup for the first time. As a result, the games on the weekend of 12/13 November will be the last before the players are called up by their countries for the tournament trip to Qatar.
The championship then resumes on Saturday December 10th, eight days before the World Cup finals, which are scheduled to take place on Sunday December 18th.
League One and League Two will continue as planned throughout the tournament, although matches may be rescheduled depending on players’ involvement in the World Cup.
That FA Cup The actual first round begins on the weekend of November 5th, the second round three weeks later, and the third round on the weekend of January 7th. The final will take place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 3 June.
That Carabao Cup begins the week beginning August 10th, the second round a fortnight later, and the third round the week beginning November 9th. The final will also take place at Wembley on Sunday 26 February.
That Papa John’s Trophy begins with the first group matches of the week beginning August 31st. The quarter-finals will take place the week of 11 January, the semi-finals the week of 1 February and the final will also take place at Wembley on Sunday 19 March 2023.