Broad outlines for 2023-2024 football calendar known: playing dates known longer in advance, only two midweek playing days and longer winter break


The Pro League has made a number of decisions about the football calendar for next season. The competition will start on Friday 28 July and the intention is to change the calendar less often so that the playing dates are fixed longer in advance. “We will communicate only four calendar updates instead of seven,” said CEO Lorin Parys.

Michael Van Damme

The Supercup will be played on the weekend of July 21. The following weekend, on Friday 28 July, the competition will start. The Challenger Pro League starts two weeks after the Jupiler Pro League and the national champion and all risers and fallers will be known by 26 May 2024 at the latest.

The regular season lasts 30 match days, with a longer winter break between December 28 and January 18, 2024, and culminates in the weekend of March 15, 2024. Two weeks later, on March 29, the play-offs start.

In the Challenger Pro League, the regular competition runs from Friday, August 11 to Sunday, April 21, 2024. In the winter months, the 16 participating teams will have a rest from December 18 to January 11, 2024. The play-offs in the Challenger Pro League will take place between April 26 and May 26, 2024. The final of the Croky Cup will take place on Ascension Day on Thursday, May 9, 2024.

The exact performance dates will be planned longer in advance. “At the end of June, early September, mid-December and in the third week of March before the play-offs, we communicate the kick-off times of the matches. This way, our fans can better plan their agenda with football in mind. That does mean that, depending on the European matches and the Croky Cup matches, a number of playing times can shift,” says Lorin Parys, CEO of the Pro League. “We already canceled Sunday evening football at 9 p.m. this season and that will remain the case next season. In addition, we have limited the number of midweek match days in the regular competition to an absolute minimum, namely two.”

A longer winter break should limit this kind of scene. — © BELGIUM

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