Managers, particularly of English clubs in Europe, have been calling for it for years and will soon get their wish, with The FA set to make an historic decision that English football will finally have a winter break from the 2019/20 season.
Martyn Ziegler, Chief Sports Reporter of The Times, reports exclusively today that the FA Cup fifth round will be played entirely in midweek in order to introduce a winter break in February 2020, with no replays.
The FA, Premier League and Football League (EFL) are said to have reached agreement which will see teams in Europe well-rested before the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.
The break would be staggered with five Premier League matches taking place one one weekend and five on another, with the idea being that all Premier League clubs will have at least 13 days of rest in the winter.
It will also benefit the England national team ahead of major tournaments by giving Three Lions stars a rest before major competitions. The sluggish performance of England in the past has been partly blamed on players being overworked in the season leading into World Cups and European Championships.
This break will bring England into line with the rest of Europe, with Spain, Germany, France and Italy all having mid-season breaks of up to 22 days.
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