PHIL PARKINSON admits this season will have a “different dynamic” to it as Wrexham continue playing games while the World Cup is being held in Qatar.

The 2022-23 National League campaign starts tomorrow with the Reds at home to Eastleigh on the opening day.

For the first time ever, the Premier League will take a prolonged mid-season break to accommodate the winter World Cup which runs from November 21-December 18, and will feature Wales.

The fifth tier is not affected and Wrexham manager Parkinson, looking to launch another promotion challenge when the club kicks-off a 15th season in non-league, said: “It is different for us because our season is going to be going on while the World Cup games are on-going so it is going to have a different dynamic to that part of the season.

“But you will have the excitement in Wales to see if Wales can do the country proud like they did in Euro 16.”

Wales beat Ukraine 1-0 to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958, with captain Gareth Bale scoring the only goal of the game.

Rob Page’s men will share Group B with USA, Iran and fierce rivals England at the tournament, and Parkinson (pictured right) is delighted that Wales, who reached the 2016 European Championship semi-finals against all odds, will be competing on the biggest of stages.

“It is great for the country,” said Parkinson, who hopes he can lead Wrexham to promotion glory in his second season in The Racecourse hot-seat.

“People said about the World Cup in Qatar and the disruption to the season but for me, it is the chance for Wales to be part of what is going to be a unique World Cup.

“It might not happen again in the winter so being part of that in the history books is something special.

“It is going to be intriguing to watch it.”

Wrexham are due to play six games during the World Cup.

The Reds are home to Aldershot Town on Saturday November 19 - the day after the tournament begins - and are also at The Racecourse for the visit of Bromley on Saturday November 26.

Away matches at York City (Saturday December 3) and Eastleigh (Saturday December 10) follow before Wrexham return to their iconic north Wales stadium for the visit of Chesterfield (Tuesday December 13).

All those fixtures are in the league, while Wrexham begin their FA Trophy campaign at the third round stage on Saturday December 17 - the day before the World Cup final.

None of Wrexham’s games clash with Wales’ group stage matches so supporters won’t be left with a club or country dilemma.

Wales, the last of the 13 European nations to qualify for the 32-team tournament, begin their bid to reach the knock-out stages against USA on Monday November 21 (7pm) before facing Iran on Friday November 25 (10am).

The Welsh Dragons then have a showdown with Gareth Southgate’s England in their final group game on Tuesday November 29 (7pm), with all three fixtures taking place at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan.