Premier League to introduce winter break from February 2020

Ruben Hill
June 8, 2018

Richard Scudamore, the Premier League executive chairman, added: "We have been discussing the football calendar with The FA and EFL for several months, including ways we can work together to ease fixture congestion, keep the Premier League action going right through the season and provide a mid-season player break".

To make room for the two-week break, the FA Cup's fifth-round ties will be played in midweek and will be settled on the night.

"Today's announcement proves that football can come together for the good of the game".

According to BBC Sport, the break which was agreed upon on Friday, will be staggered across two weeks, with five matches on the first weekend and five the following weekend.

This would mean that during the break, there would be five games on one weekend, and five on the next.

Martin Glenn, FA chief executive, said.

However the EFL schedule will be unaffected by the latest changes.

Revenue from the clubs in the Premier League jumped 25 percent to 4.5bn pounds, boosted by the three-year domestic TV rights deal worth 5.1 billion pounds, signed in 2015.

Either way, there are 50 players here who all sit on the all-time Premier League scoring charts and haven't (as of June 8, 2018) played in a World Cup game. "As we head into summer worldwide tournaments in the future we are sure that this midseason break will prove to be a valuable addition for our players".

The introduction of a winter break brings the English fixture calendar more in line with the top leagues in Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Players will be given the time to rest and recover. "This has to be a player break". Should they fail to secure promotion or suffer relegation, they will play a full schedule as normal in the 2019/20 season.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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