The English Premier League winter break explained
The English Premier League winter break explained
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The English Premier League winter break explained

This is a new introduction to the Premier League calendar and we are set to experience the first-ever winter break in February.

But what do we know about it? How long will the players be out?

Will there be any PL action?

Yes, there will be a few teams in action.

The break gives clubs a 13-days break, but it has been made in a way that will see eight Premier League teams in action on one weekend and the other 12 play on the following weekend.

In this case, the PL break is different from breaks in the other leagues. In the Bundesliga and Ligue 1, all action is completely shut down.

Will all teams get 13 days?

No, not everyone will get the break.

The reason for that is the dates of the FA Cup fourth-round replays, which involve Liverpool, Tottenham, Southampton, and Newcastle. As you can imagine, those sides haven't been best pleased with how the schedule has worked out.

[Of course, Mourinho complained!]

Will Championship, League One, and League Two clubs get a break too?

No. They do not get this break.

The EFL clubs' fixture schedule will remain unchanged. This is because of the number of games that need to be played in the Championship, League One and League Two and concerns about fixture congestion.

(This is why PL clubs send their youngsters to the lower leagues for game time.)

During this break, teams are free to leave the country for training sessions in their preferred areas, for example, Sheffield United will be traveling to Dubai.

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