The French Ligue 1 will rest for six weeks in November and December next season for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the league announced on Wednesday.
The 2022/23 Ligue 1 campaign kicks off on the weekend of August 6 and is suspended during the World Cup, ending on November 13 and starting again on December 28.
Next year’s tournament, which runs from November 21 to December 18, will be the first to be held in May, June or July due to the hot Qatar climate.
The players are due to be released by their respective teams to take on the World Cup on November 14, a week before the World Cup opener.
The French season ends on June 4, two weeks after the end of the current campaign.
The league in June voted to reduce the number of clubs in Ligue 1 from 20 to 18 from the 2023-24 season.
Four clubs will be eliminated from the major leagues at the end of the 2022-23 season, with only two promoted from Ligue 2.