The Premier League is finally getting a winter break
The Premier League are looking at the 2020 season for its first-ever winter break.
The Football Association have decided that they quite fancy England doing well at the World Cup. They've been told that one of the main reasons England get beaten by the likes of Iceland at major football tournaments is because they don't have a mid-season winter break.
That looks like it's about to change with the idea of giving the Premier League clubs a massive 13-day break in the month of February.
The breakthrough has come after the FA, Premier League and Football League all came to an agreement which will result in an entire round of FA Cup fixtures being played in midweek.
This will help clear a two-week period before the European club fixtures get up and running again. The plan is to move the entire fifth round of the FA Cup to midweek and with no replays, all ties would be settled on the night.
The two-week break would start in the 2019/20 season, but matches would be staggered with half the teams playing on one weekend and the other half taking place the following week.
It would mean all Premier League teams would have at least 13 days without a game to recharge their batteries.
It hasn't been confirmed if all English players will be requested to attend a course on how to take penalties during the break (arf! - Ed.), but for now, the break will be used to recuperate and replenish.
It goes without saying that England will now win the 2020 European Championships and of course the 2022 World Cup.
Suffice to say that the news has divided opinion amongst fans.
February winter break is a pathetic idea - plus i reckon clubs will fly out to play useless friendlies and the move of the #FACup 5th Round to midweek is ridculous - either winter break in Dec/Jan or not one at all #winterbreak #PremierLeague
— Andrew Webb (@THENUNEATONFOX) February 27, 2018
So not only are we getting the pampered premier league players a winter break, but to do so we continue to ruin one of the greatest cup competitions in the world by moving 5th round fa cup to midweek. Ffs. Stop ruining our game
— g b h (@brozzyh) February 27, 2018
I was utterly unable to explain to someone this morning why the Premier League and FA are doing this winter break thing.
The best I could come up with is: "Germany have won more World Cups than we have, and they have a winter break".
Can anyone do any better?
— Liquid Spurs (@LiquidSpurs) February 27, 2018
A winter break is a good idea but the thing is it won't really be a break because clubs will go to some country for warm weather training and play some money making friendlies endorsed by the premier league
— David (@UtdDave_) February 27, 2018