EPL to have WINTER BREAK from 2019/20 season

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EPL to have WINTER BREAK from 2019/20 season

Postby CTID Hants » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:28 pm

Premier League clubs will have a winter break in February from the 2019-20 season

The break will be staggered across two weeks, with five matches on the first weekend and five the following weekend.

The FA Cup fifth round will be moved to midweek to accommodate the break, with replays being scrapped at that stage.

The Football Association described it as "a significant moment for English football" that "will greatly benefit club and country".

"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," said FA chief executive Martin Glenn.

All three divisions of the English Football League (EFL) will remain unchanged, with a full programme of fixtures taking place on each of the weekends where there is a break.

A season of change
Winter breaks are already factored into schedules of the top leagues in Germany, France, Italy and Spain, though they all take place between December and January, which is the busiest period for Premier League teams.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said in January that the festive schedule was "killing" his players, while earlier in the 2017-18 season his Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho said the lack of a break was hampering English clubs' hopes in the Champions League.

However, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger once said he would "cry" if a winter break was introduced. The Gunners played six games in 19 days during the festive period last season, the Frenchman's final one in charge.

The 2019-20 will be a season of even more change following the announcement that Amazon will show 20 Premier League matches a season for three years from 2019 after winning one of the final two broadcast packages.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44414487
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Re: EPL to have WINTER BREAK from 2019/20 season

Postby sheblue » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:34 pm

Long overdue.
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Re: EPL to have WINTER BREAK from 2019/20 season

Postby Beefymcfc » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:34 pm

Seems there's been a lot for goings on over the last few days, no wonder Scudamore's binned it.

About time though, after seeing the amount of games we played over Xmas and the New Year period it makes you wonder how we ever got through it.

Can the PL now look at scheduling big fixtures away from. CL games, and then rejigging them to suit the TV audience, so that our teams actually have a chance of winning the thing.
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Re: EPL to have WINTER BREAK from 2019/20 season

Postby Wonderwall » Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:47 pm

I hope they extend the end of the season to compensate for the break, otherwise it could end up an absolute farce come the end of the season if we go far in the cups.
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Re: EPL to have WINTER BREAK from 2019/20 season

Postby john@staustell » Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:45 pm

Great for clubs in Europe. Everyone else is fucked of course, especially the little clubs relying on third round replays
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Re: EPL to have WINTER BREAK from 2019/20 season

Postby nottsblue » Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:55 pm

No extra time in the League Cup either from next year. It will be straight to penalties if scores are level after 90 minutes. Apparently over the last three years 85% of draws after 90 minutes went to penalties anyway
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Re: EPL to have WINTER BREAK from 2019/20 season

Postby CTID Hants » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:38 pm

nottsblue wrote:No extra time in the League Cup either from next year. It will be straight to penalties if scores are level after 90 minutes. Apparently over the last three years 85% of draws after 90 minutes went to penalties anyway


And they've dumped abba penno's and gone back to traditional way thankfully
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Re: EPL to have WINTER BREAK from 2019/20 season

Postby littlebig » Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:03 pm

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Re: EPL to have WINTER BREAK from 2019/20 season

Postby PrezIke » Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:29 pm

Good news.

Also seems they spread it out well so we won't be starved for football.

It seems each club gets about 2 weeks off in between fixtures, whilst the rest still play, and won't affect the busy Christmas/New Year schedule.

Happens just before CL/Euro knockout phases and will be a fitness boost after a very tough stretch of games.

Biggest downside I gather is could hurt lower league/non-league clubs hoping for a FA Cup replay against a big side at home, but it only applies to the 5th round so they can still get one in the 4th round.

You could also argue this helps bigger clubs keep fitter, but winter break's in other nations surely benefit smaller clubs keep their own players fit as well. The PL has a ridiculous stretch of games, even for teams not in Europe, and might be something clubs can now sell players not so keen on playing games during the dead of winter who can go on holiday to warmer climates to recuperate for the last stretch of the season.
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Re: EPL to have WINTER BREAK from 2019/20 season

Postby Fidel Castro » Sun Jun 10, 2018 3:47 am

Don't see how this is better. Teams still need to play the same amount of games, but now in less days. Best solution imo would be to just fuck off the league cup, there's no need for two cups and it might make teams take the FA Cup more seriously again
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Re: EPL to have WINTER BREAK from 2019/20 season

Postby Nick » Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:37 am

Why has nobody mentioned that this surely means 2 weeks off pre big champions league games ? When this doesn't happen in the other big leagues ?

So 2 weeks off before playing Madrid away ? How does that help us ? Remember when we battered Moscow after their break. They werent fit.

Also.... Will probably fly them to Abu Dhabi for a marketing match £
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Re: EPL to have WINTER BREAK from 2019/20 season

Postby CTID Hants » Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:27 am

Nick wrote:Why has nobody mentioned that this surely means 2 weeks off pre big champions league games ? When this doesn't happen in the other big leagues ?

So 2 weeks off before playing Madrid away ? How does that help us ? Remember when we battered Moscow after their break. They werent fit.

Also.... Will probably fly them to Abu Dhabi for a marketing match £


Two weeks break cannot be compared to Russia's 3 MONTHS break FFS

And yes they will more than likely go to AD for warm weather (light) training to keep the sharpness levels, why not use the facilities available to you, has to be better than likes of Bournemouth trundling off to Majorca or alicante????
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Re: EPL to have WINTER BREAK from 2019/20 season

Postby PrezIke » Sun Jun 10, 2018 3:10 pm

Cubs cannot play friendlies for money during the break for money as far as I’ve heard
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