The FA, Premier League and EFL are set to ‘make the historic decision’ of granting top-flight clubs a mid-season winter break.
The Times report that the trio of footballing bodies ‘are understood to have reached agreement for an annual two-week break in early February’.
Martyn Ziegler writes that the planned changes will come into effect in the 2019/20 season, and will see the entirety of the FA Cup fifth round played in midweek, without replays.
This would then allow the Premier League to bring in a ‘staggered’ mid-season break, ‘with five Premier League matches taking place on one weekend, and five on another’.
The compromise benefits Premier League clubs and their players, but also broadcasters, who ‘prefer weekend fixtures’.
As part of the plan, Premier League clubs would be granted at least 13 days without a game, thereby keeping players fresh in international tournament years.
Basically, England are winning Euro 2020.