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English FA Confirm EPL Winter Break From 2019/2020 Season

English FA Confirm EPL Winter Break From 2019/2020 Season

English Premier League clubs will now go on winter breaks starting from February 2019.

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.

The FA Cup fifth round will be moved to midweek to accommodate the break, with replays being scrapped at that stage.

There have been calls for the introduction of winter breaks for Premier League clubs due to the belief that the English senior men’s team are always burnt out at major tournaments following an exhausting football season.

The Football Association described it as “a significant moment for English football” that “will greatly benefit club and country”.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn said: “It’s no secret that we have a very congested fixture calendar and over recent years we have been working with the whole game to find a solution.

“As we head into summer international tournaments in the future we are sure that this mid-season break will prove to be a valuable addition for our players.”

However, all three divisions of the English Football League (EFL) will remain unchanged, with a full programme of fixtures taking place on each of the weekends where there is a break.

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