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    Winter Break from 19/20 Season/FA Cup Re-jig


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    THE fifth round of the FA Cup will be played in midweek to secure a winter break.

    It is understood the FA, Premier League and Football League have reached an agreement for an annual two-week break in early February — starting in 2019-20

    There will also be no FA Cup fifth-round replays.

    According to The Times, the break would be staggered with five Premier League games being played on one weekend and the other five the following weekend.

    All Prem teams will have at least 13 days without a game in a bid to help England before Euro 2020 and future World Cups.

    The winter break will not apply to clubs in the Championship, League One and League Two.

    The semi-finals of the Carabao Cup will remain over two legs. EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey said: “There are no plans to change it.”

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      All seems sensible to me.
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      All Prem teams will have at least 13 days without a game in a bid to help England before Euro 2020 and future World Cups
      At which point all Premier League teams will jet off round the globe to play 2 lucrative exhibition matches against other Premier League clubs.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Frutos View Post
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      All seems sensible to me.
      I don't really see how having a break in February will make players fresher for June/July.
      They will still play the same number of games in a season and, knowing how money driven football is these days, I would guess that the top clubs will all be off to other parts of the world on lucrative tours.
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      in a bid to help England before Euro 2020 and future World Cups.
      How??

      Or are the FA saying only English players will rest, the dozens and dozens of players from other countries will still have to work?

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      Pathetic lazy money grabbing whingers, another reason not to get hung up about being in the premier league. How many games have been cancelled in February over the past 50 years due to the weather they get enough days off due to the stupid totally unnecessary international breaks already.
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      Better option is to lower the numbers in the leagues....
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      Would have liked to have seen more thought given to the fixture congestion over the Xmas period. Four games in 9 days is ridiculous.
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      THE fifth round of the FA Cup will be played in midweek to secure a winter break.

      It is understood the FA, Premier League and Football League have reached an agreement for an annual two-week break in early February — starting in 2019-20

      There will also be no FA Cup fifth-round replays.

      According to The Times, the break would be staggered with five Premier League games being played on one weekend and the other five the following weekend.

      All Prem teams will have at least 13 days without a game in a bid to help England before Euro 2020 and future World Cups.
      When will they ever learn? - if it ain't broke, don't mend it.

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      Better option is to lower the numbers in the leagues....
      Better still, just leave it alone!
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      At which point all Premier League teams will jet off round the globe to play 2 lucrative exhibition matches against other Premier League clubs.
      Or steal the odd taxi (allegedly).
      Man City have the weekend 16/17 March free after a game on Monday followed by the international break the week after. Warm weather training in Dubai?

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