Scottish Premiership set for month-long Qatar World Cup shutdown

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According to Gracenote statisticians, Scotland has a 13% chance to reach the World Cup finals.

To accommodate the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Scottish Premiership will be closed for approximately a month in November/December of next season.

The clubs are being consulted about plans to hold 16 rounds between 30 July, 13 November, and 17 December before stopping until the World Cup final.

The final round in top-flight matches will be held on 27-28 May 2023. Premiership and Scottish Cup play-off finals are likely to take place on the first weekend of June.

The League Cup final will be held on 26 February. Semi-finals will be in January.

This would be the culmination of a busy festive season, which saw five clubs play five matches in 15 days, from 24 December to 7 January, which included Christmas Eve and Hogmanay.

The lower leagues will continue playing during the top flight shutdown. They will play a mixture of League, Scottish Cup, and Challenge Cup matches.

As they attempt to qualify for the World Cup finals, Scotland will take on Israel on Saturday and Faroe Islands Tuesday.