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England FA approves Premier League winter break

The English FA has announced the approval of two-week Premier League mid-season player break in February.

The winter break ensures that Premier League matches will still be played over the period, with five top-flight games to be staged on the first weekend and five on the following weekend.

The FA has agreed to move FA Cup fifth-round matches to midweek in order to accommodate the planned break and, from the start of the 2019-20 season, fifth-round replays will be removed and replaced with extra-time and penalties.

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“This is a significant moment for English football and one that we believe will greatly benefit both club and country,” said Martin Glenn, chief executive of the FA.

HERTFORD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 16: Martin Glenn, CEO of The FA speaks during the England Press Conference at The Grove Hotel on November 16, 2015 in Hertford, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
Image:Martin Glenn believes the plans are a ‘significant moment for English football’

“It’s no secret that we have a very congested fixture calendar and over recent years we have been working with the whole game to find a solution.

“Today’s announcement proves that football can come together for the good of the game. We have also found a way to give the players a much needed mid-season break, whilst keeping the much-loved Christmas schedule in place.

“As we head into summer international tournaments in the future we are sure that this mid-season break will prove to be a valuable addition for our players.”

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