Premier League considers introducing winter break

The Premier League is hopeful of introducing a winter break from the 2019 season onwards when the current TV deal expires.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in action against Everton in the Premier League.   -  AFP

The Premier League is in talks with the Football Association and English Football League to introduce a winter break from the 2019 season onwards.

The top division leagues in Spain, Italy, Germany and France all enjoy winter breaks during the Christmas period while the English clubs go through a rigourous schedule.

"The Premier League has been in discussions with the FA and EFL for several months regarding the challenges of the increasingly congested English football calendar and ways in which we can work together to ease fixture congestion while also giving players a mid-season break," the Premier League said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Provided space can be found in the calendar, we are open to this in principle and will continue constructive discussions with our football stake-holders to seek a workable solution."

The Premier League is hopeful of introducing a winter break from the 2019 season onwards when the current TV deal expires.

Various English clubs' managers both from the past and present have made their case for a mid-season break to ease the burden of competing in both domestic and European competitions. 

Winter breaks in Europe's Top 5 League during the 2017-18 season

Bundesliga22 days
Ligue 116 days
La Liga15 days
Serie A14 days

 

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