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Offbeat Premier League to introduce a winter break for 2019-20 season

17:11  08 june  2018
17:11  08 june  2018 Source:   nbcsports.com

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The Premier League has been in serious discussions over the past few years on how to introduce a winter break , as both foreign managers in the Premier League and fans have complained about the league ’s lack of quality come late in the season , when players are gassed from playing 50 or more

A winter break will come into force in the Premier League for a first time in the 2019 - 20 season in a move the Football Association believes will help England to Shaun Harvey, the EFL chief executive, said: “It is currently impractical even if it was desirable for the EFL to introduce a similar break in our

Kevin De Bruyne holding a football ball© Getty Images Following years of discussion, the Premier League and FA have together agreed upon a series of changes that will allow for a two-week winter break in the future.

The FA and Premier League announced a two-week winter break in February, starting in the 2019-2020 season that will still see Premier League games played in that span, with five on the first weekend and five on the second, allowing teams to have their break after their matches.

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It doesn’t match the length of winter breaks in Spain, Germany and Italy but it also doesn’t interfere with England’s traditional busy holiday program, which sees teams play on Boxing Day and around New Years in addition to regular weekend fixtures.

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The English Premier League will introduce a winter break in February, beginning in the 2019 / 20 season . The break will be staggered across two Winter breaks are already factored into schedules of other top leagues including Germany, France, Italy and Spain, though they all take place between

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“This is a significant moment for English football and one that we believe will greatly benefit both club and country,” Martin Glenn, FA chief executive, said in a statement. “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.

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The Premier League for the first time in its history will introduce a winter break from the 2019 - 20 season with the English Football Association (FA) hoping it will help English sides perform better in future World Cups and European Championships.

The Football Association has confirmed that a winter break will be introduced into English football for the first time at the start of the 2019 / 20 season . Agreement has finally been reached with each of the game’s stakeholders to fit a 10-day break in February.

“Today’s announcement proves that football can come together for the good of the game. We have also found a way to give the players a much-needed mid-season break, whilst keeping the much-loved Christmas schedule in place.

“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.”

The Premier League has been in serious discussions over the past few years on how to introduce a winter break, as both foreign managers in the Premier League and fans have complained about the league’s lack of quality come late in the season, when players are gassed from playing 50 or more games, including cups and friendly matches.

There’s hope now that this two-week break will help some players heal, get off their feet for a few days, and maybe begin to recover enough so that they still have gas left in the tank for a summer tournament.

With this starting for the 2019-2020 season, we could see if it has an effect on the 2020 European Championship. Ironically, the next World Cup after this year won’t be a summer World Cup, so European-based players should actually be fit and ready to go for a tournament beginning in November.

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