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The Premier League will have a winter break starting in the 2019/2020 season, according to reports in The Times.
It's reported that the FA, Premier League and Football League have struck an agreement for a annual winter break. That's all of England's World Cup flop excuses gone for the future.
In a news story which emerged on Tuesday, chief sports reporter for The Times, Martyn Ziegler, reports that early February will see a two-week break in the 2019/20 campaign.
Today's @TimesSport back page: Read @martynziegler's exclusive story on how the FA is planning to play a whole round of the FA Cup in midweek in order to create a 2-week winter break. Pick up a paper this morning or read the full story here: https://t.co/Ri4iNE9fvI @thetimes pic.twitter.com/YbS54QFr6T
- Times Sport (@TimesSport) February 27, 2018
Winter break[ing news] - entire FA Cup fifth round to be played in midweek to secure 13-day break for PL clubs in early Feb from 2019/20 season: https://t.co/CIFHUYLSVu
- Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) February 27, 2018
Winter break agreed for two weeks in February. Won't affect the traditional Christmas period. Best solution, IMO. https://t.co/P3Fwgyc0EE
- Greg Johnson (@gregianjohnson) February 27, 2018
The winter break won't disturb the hectic Christmas fixtures, which includes games on Boxing Day and New Year's Day. That's good news for watching a match while seeing off a festive hangover or two.
However, the whole FA Cup fifth round will be played in midweek without replays.
However, the Championship, League One and League Two will not enjoy a winter break. Clubs in those divisions will continue their season as normal, which could cause a bit of controversy, according to the report.
Top-flight teams are expected to be out of action for at least 13 days, which is also a scheme to improve England's chances in the 2020 European Championship, as well as future World Cups.
The idea of a winter break has been subject to fierce debate over the years, with signs now pointing towards a Premier League hiatus in February.
Europe's major leagues from Spain's La Liga, Italy's Serie A and Germany's Bundesliga, among others, all break during the winter before resuming action.
What's your take on this move? Let us know what you think of a winter break in the comment section below.