All the top leagues in Italy, Spain, France, and Germany takes a break in mid-season, now even the Premier League considering a winter break. It might be introduced when the next television rights deal is agreed.
It has been discussed for several months now and if the January break is agreed upon this would not impact the traditional festive football schedule.
The next Premier League TV deal which will cover seasons from 2019 to 2022 and include 168 live matches a season is expected to be announced next week. The prospect of a winter break is also referenced in the tender documents.
“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,” the Premier League said in a statement.
“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.”
‘I would cry if a winter break was introduced’
A winter break in Premier League will be welcomed by most, including some top managers.
In January, Pep Guardiola manager of Manchester City said that the festive schedule was “killing” the players.
Manchester United, Jose Mourinho said the lack of a break was hampering English clubs’ hopes in the Champions League.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger once said he would “cry” if a winter break was introduced, though his side played six games in 19 days during the latest festive schedule.
One of the arguments for a break is that it would benefit the national side, but England boss Gareth Southgate questioned whether it would improve his side’s chance of winning a trophy.
The German Bundesliga, Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A and France Ligue 1 are among the top leagues in Europe to have a winter break in their schedules.
German football enjoyed the longest stretch without a game this season – 22 days.