Premier League to have Winter breaks for 2019/20 campaign

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However, whilst the elite players in the Premier League can look forward to one weekend off there will be no such respite for those in the lower divisions in terms of the league programme.

A two-week Premier League mid-season player break in February has been approved to start from the 2019-20 season, the FA has announced.

All three divisions of the Football League - the EFL - remain unchanged with full programmes of matches and, significantly, it will be written into the Premier League rulebook that clubs can not fly off for lucrative exhibition matches during their break.

But it means big changes to the FA Cup, with the fifth round moved to midweek for the first time.

There are 46 games per season in the EFL, compared to 38 in the Premier League.

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"This is not seen to be a way and won't be [of making money]", said Martin Glenn, the chief executive of the Football Association.

The proposed structure will ensure the Premier League continues to run through a two-week period, with each weekend during the break featuring five top-flight games instead of the usual 10.

Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore said the league's revenue sharing remained the most equitable in Europe but it was time to amend an agreement dating back to 1992.

"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. We hope it will provide the appropriate recovery time for players and have the positive impact on player and team performance that it is created to deliver.

There are now no plans for the EFL to follow suit and a similar rest period for Championship, League One and League Two players is not on the agenda.

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