Premier League releases statement over winter break plans

Date published: Tuesday 6th February 2018 8:08

The Premier League is open to the idea of introducing a winter break.

Together with the Football Association and English Football League, the Premier League has been considering ways to ease fixture congestion.

A winter break has been discussed before and is being done so again, with the Premier League, in principle, open to the concept.

It said in a statement: “The Premier League has been in discussions with the FA and EFL for several months regarding the challenges of the increasingly congested English football calendar, and ways in which we can work together to ease fixture congestion while also giving players a mid-season break.

“Provided space can be found in the calendar, we are open to this in principle and will continue constructive discussions with our football stakeholders to seek a workable solution.”

Some of the top leagues across Europe, including Spain’s La Liga, the Bundesliga in Germany and Italy’s Serie A all take mid-season breaks.

The Premier League is expected to make an announcement about the next round of television rights next week, which could give more of a clue as to the possibility of such a break, with reports saying one has been referenced in tender documents.


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