The English Premier League will for the first time take a mid-season player break, commonly referred to as the winter break, which is meant to give players some rest from the busy schedule.
The break, which starts next week will see all Premier League clubs receive a two-week off, which will largely benefit the players with yet another busy schedule coming from February.
Why the break?
The break is ideally meant to give players some time off to recover from the exhausting action with most players in action after every three days or so.
The break is not a new thing in the football world as most European Leagues take the winter break, which is normally towards the end of December until the turn of the new year.
According to FA chief executive Martin Glenn, the move will greatly benefit both countries and players.
"This is a significant moment for English football," he declared when announcing the break back in the summer of 2018.
"It will greatly benefit both club and country, as well as give the players a much-needed mid-season break while keeping the much-loved Christmas schedule in place,"
When will it start?
The Premier League break will, however, be different from other winter breaks as there will not be a total shut down like other European countries.
Instead, the FA has ensured that there will be eight Premier League teams in action on one weekend, with the other 12 playing the following weekend.
However, teams that have FA Cup replays will not have the full rest as they will be forced to be in action during the break.
Liverpool, Tottenham, Southampton, and Newcastle are the Premier League sides still to secure next round tickets in the tournament.
Changes in fixtures
Premier League fixtures during the break
Saturday 8 February
- Everton v Crystal Palace
- Brighton v Watford
Sunday 9 February
- Sheffield United v Bournemouth
- Man City v West Ham
Friday 14 February
- Wolves v Leicester
Saturday 15 February
- Southampton v Burnley
- Norwich v Liverpool
Sunday 16 February
- Aston Villa v Tottenham
- Arsenal v Newcastle
Monday 17 February
- Chelsea v Man United
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